The Perth Scorchers were unlucky enough to witness Chris Lynn at his best as the Big Bash League came to a thrilling finale. With the help of his teammate Brendon McCullum, the two managed to usurp the Scorchers from the top of the helm as they aggressively played to see to it that the Brisbane Heat led the table by the end of the night.
The Scorchers had been more than confident that their 20 overs had placed them beyond the reach of their opponents courtesy of Mitchell Marsh, the all-rounder who made sure they were 170 up by the end of their innings via some fantastic batting.
The duo from Brisbane Heat, Lynn, and McCullum, swept away what could have been an intimidating total for any team quite effortlessly, reinforcing the belief that Brisbane Heat are not easily thrown off by big tallies. Lynn was exceptional, to put it mildly. The Queenslander managed to put a total of eleven sixes past the boundaries within one innings.
The player also managed to set a few personal records as the innings also saw him bat away his 26th six of the Big Bash League in spectacular fashion. His hit off Andrew Tye was a momentous one, a struck worthy of dethroning Mark Waugh’s stunner in the 1997 Test match which had been titled the biggest struck ever to take place at the WACA Ground.
The Scorchers could have had a bit of a reprieve when David Willey showed some excellent athleticism to hang on to a hit from Ashton Agar. Unfortunately, the fielder was on the boundary when he threw the ball back into play, leaving Lynn unscathed in his fiery rampage.
Lynn’s stellar innings was undoubtedly the turning point for the Heat, who had decided to hand the spin responsibility to Mitchell Swepson as they were lacking the services of one Samuel Badree, whose spot was given to Nathan Reardon.
Swepson performed modestly with his first over offering an unimpressive two runs through the wicket of Ian Bell. However, two overs later, Swepson had managed to pull a fast one over Shaun Marsh before handing over to Lynn who made the Scorchers’ tally seem insignificant as he put on a stellar display. Although Swepson could only take a supporting role in this victory, he did nothing but good out there.
Lynn’s unstoppable form is the reason why the Heat look set on retaining their seat at the top of the table, although their batting side restriction makes them quite an aggressive team at the moment. Although a semi-final spot is almost a surety for both sides, it will be interesting to watch the sides claw their way out of the minor rounds as they make their way to the semis and, hopefully, the finals.