The scorecard: Perth Scorchers 5-156 (Klinger 81 35, Swepson 2-22) defeated Brisbane Heat 129 (Ross 39, Tye 4-22) by 27 runs
The match in a tweet: A hat-trick to AJ Tye seals a crucial win for the Scorchers!
The hero: Michael Klinger was the sole shining light in a dour Scorchers innings, scoring a pivotal 81 off 54 balls when the next highest score was Ian Bell’s 14. The Scorchers veteran survived a couple of close calls, the first on 25 when Joe Burns and Brendon McCullum collided chasing a catch chance in the outfield. Then on 54, Klinger appeared to glove a Ben Cutting bouncer through to wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson, only for it to be ruled a wide. The extra runs turned out to be the difference for the Scorchers as they took some revenge for last week’s loss to the Heat at the WACA Ground.
The hat-trick: AJ Tye earned himself a special place in Big Bash League history when he claimed just the second BBL hat-trick. The first wicket came with the final ball of the 18th over when Jack Wildermuth was caught behind by substitute ‘keeper Cameron Bancroft. Mitch Swepson was then caught by debutant Tim Bresnan on the first ball of the final over, before Tye cleaned up Mark Steketee’s stumps with the hat-trick ball. Funnily enough, the Scorchers paceman didn’t even realise what he’d done.
The support cast: The Scorchers bowlers superbly backed up Klinger’s efforts, with Mitch Johnson breaking through with the third ball of the innings to send in-form opener Jimmy Pierson packing for two, before claiming the scalp of Sam Heazlett with his next over. He eventually finished with 2-25 from his four and the Scorchers attack shared the spoils, with Tim Bresnan and Jhye Richardson also picking up two, while Tye’s hat-trick ensured he walked away with 4-22 off 3.2 overs.
The ‘did he or didn’t he?’: Klinger was eventually out caught on the boundary for 81, but not after the third umpire took a long, hard look at Nathan Reardon’s boundary catch. Reardon immediately claimed the catch, however Klinger refused to walk when he believed Reardon's heel may have come in contact with the rope. Replays proved inconclusive and Klinger was visibly unhappy as he returned to the team's dugout.
The new Bash Bros: Brendon McCullum was without his big-hitting buddy Chris Lynn on Wednesday night, with the latter called away on Australia ODI duties. But he found a different sort of bash all together when he collided with Joe Burns in the outfield. Incredibly, Burns fought off McCullum to claim an over-the-shoulder catch, only to end up being pushed over the rope – handing Klinger a six.
The big concern: The Heat could be without inspirational captain McCullum for their next match due to a potential over-rate suspension. The Heat took 96 minutes to complete their innings with the ball, exceeding the 90-minute allowance by six minutes.
The debutant: England import Tymal Mills, brought into the Heat XI for injured West Indies spinner Samuel Badree, looked the most dangerous of the Heat bowlers in his BBL debut, despite finishing his four overs with 0-30. He reached speeds of 149km/h and hit Perth wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman on the helmet when he attempted to pull him.
The substitute: Perth Scorchers wicketkeeper-batsman Whiteman was ruled out of the remainder of the match due to concussion. While Whiteman shook the blow from Mills and continued batting, making 12, Scorchers medical staff opted to rule him out of the match after re-testing him for concussion, as per the CA concussion guidelines. Twelfth man Cameron Bancroft, who last year played for Australia as a wicketkeeper in a T20 international, took the gloves as a concussion substitute.
The next stop: The Heat will head to the MCG next Tuesday to take on the Melbourne Stars, while the Scorchers host the Stars at #TheFurnace on Saturday night.