BBL12, Rain thwarted Sydney Sixers’ run chase as big-hitting cameos from Colin Munro at the start and Michael Neser at the end propelled Brisbane Heat to 147 for 6 from 13 overs at North Sydney Oval. Persistent precipitation persisted towards the conclusion of Brisbane’s innings and did not cease in time for play to begin, despite a further decrease in overs.
Rain denies Sixers a chase after Neser rescues Heat, BBL12
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Munro, a New Zealand immigrant, wasted little time when the game began 65 minutes late, blasting 38 off 14 balls. In an explosive cameo, the left-hander hammered six sixes, effortlessly clearing the short boundaries of the ground as the Heat scored 29 off their two powerplay overs. Heat smashed seven sixes before hitting their first four, but their batting stalled after Munro, with six falling for 50 runs.
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As the rain poured again, Neser (45 not out of 18) reclaimed the lead, smashing five fours and three sixes. In a 56-run seventh-wicket partnership with Nathan McSweeney. Munro scored sixes off two of the first three balls of the innings, both from Ben Dwarshuis, and then blasted legside sixes off consecutive balls in overs from Sean Abbott and Steve O’Keefe.
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O’Keefe, returning from a hamstring injury, forced Munro to glove a reverse sweep up to wicketkeeper Josh Philippe to finish Munro’s innings. Wickets dropped at regular intervals after that, with Sam Billings succumbing to Hayden Kerr and O’Keefe taking out Jimmy Peirson and Josh Brown, the star of last Sunday’s encounter between the two teams. Each team receives one point for the competition’s first no result.
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