Steketee warms up for Big Bash

CRICKET: Mark Steketee's Brisbane Heat team scored an easy win over the Bulls Masters in their final hit-out before the start of the T20 competition this week.

Steketee is part of the Brisbane Heat squad for a third season but this season, his form has been fine tuned with some strong bowling in the Sheffield Shield competition for the Queensland Bulls.

The win against the Masters was in front of a decent crowd at the Brisbane Heat fan day at Limestone Park.

The Heat scored 209 on Sunday with the Masters only able to make 132 off their 20 overs.

Steketee is in line for selection in the Heat XI for their first match in the Big Bash against Melbourne Renegades on Saturday at the Gabba.

Former Test player Andy Bichel showd he's lost none of his batting skills, smacking 55 off 36 balls for the Masters against the Brisbane Heat.

His innings included five sixes.

The former Queensland and Australian all-rounder hopes the Heat team has a better Big Bash season, fielding a squad able to make the Gabba a fortress.

Laidley product Bichel, aged 45, backed Brisbane Heat coming to Ipswich each year.

"It's good for the Heat franchise to get out in the public and sign some autographs so they get to know these young blokes (players of the future),'' he said.

"That's what is all about.''

The popular cricketer also enjoys travelling around the state with the Bulls Masters.

"We've been raising a lot of money for cricket throughout Queensland and different events for us as well,'' Bichel said.



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