Chris Lynn's best moments with the Brisbane Heat
With Chris Lynn officially on the hunt for a new Big Bash home, we look back at six of the biggest moments from the big-hitter's time with the Brisbane Heat
11 May 2022, 03:54 PM AEST
Lynn slams Hilfenhaus for five consecutive sixes
At the peak of his powers in BBL|05, Lynn lit up the MCG by launching Ben Hilfenhaus for five successive sixes on his way to a half-century from just 19 deliveries. Having breezed to 23 from 13 balls, Lynn couldn't score from Hilfenhaus's opening ball of the over before he got moving with a mighty hit over the square leg fence. Having shifted to around the wicket, Hilfenhaus went too full next ball and was deposited over wide long on for another maximum. Another full ball, a low full toss, sailed over deep square leg before Lynn went straight from the fifth ball of the over, sending it over the sightscreen. With the crowd on their feet, Lynn went straight again to bring up his half century and leave Hilfenhaus to lick his wounds with figures of 0-30 from just one over.
Lynn launches Tait onto the roof
It's one of the BBL's most iconic moments, sealed with a wink. Having just sent a 148kph rocket from Shaun Tait high into the Brisbane sky, Lynn watched as the ball disappeared from sight, over the grandstand at deep mid-wicket and out of the Gabba. As 35,000 Queenslanders roared their approval, Lynn's eyes returned to Tait before he broke the stare with a grin and a wink. Unofficially, the biggest six in Big Bash history travelled 121 metres, finishing in the practice nets outside the ground. If one single moment encapsulates Lynnsanity at its peak, this is it.
The Bash Brothers go wild in the west
Against the mighty Perth Scorchers, the Heat made a victory target of 174 look like a breeze as Lynn and his good mate, Brendon McCullum, produced arguably their greatest performance. Coming together at 1-26 in the third over, Lynn took seven deliveries to hit his first boundary, but quickly took over from his Kiwi teammate as the most dangerous man in Perth. Having got going with two sixes in one Jhye Richardson over, Lynn had a slice of luck on 30 when a boundary-line catch from David Willey was correctly ruled a six when replays showed the Englishman had stepped on the rope. Lynn never looked back, clubbing consecutive sixes off Mitchell Johnson to reach fifty off just 26 balls before giving Mitchell Marsh the same treatment as the Heat raced along at better than 11 runs an over. McCullum also reached his fifty (from just 31 deliveries) with a six, but the focus was all on Lynn. On 86 and with 12 runs to win, his momentum cost him a deserved century; he clubbed Ashton Agar for two more sixes to end the game, his 11 maximums equalling a Big Bash record. He finished unbeaten on 98 from 49 balls (a strike-rate of exactly 200) as the Heat cruised home with nine wickets and more than five overs to spare.
Lynn's lone Big Bash century
A year before THAT shot against Shaun Tait at the Gabba, the Hurricanes – and Tait – were given a preview of what was to come as Lynn scored his first and only Big Bash hundred. After losing two wickets in the first eight balls of their run chase, the Heat's pursuit of 195 was always going to rely heavily on Lynn, and the right-hander very nearly pulled off a miracle. Having got off the mark with a dead-batted straight drive to the boundary off Tait, Lynn went after Dan Christian as the allrounder conceded 30 from two overs, including one monster six into the top tier. Lynn then went after Tait, hitting another into the top tier as he twice hit consecutive sixes before a scrambled two took him to three figures from just 49 balls. But as was often the case, Lynn received precious little support from his batting partners and, needing 39 from the last three overs to win, he went for one big shot too many and was caught behind as the Hurricanes held on to win by 15 runs. Tait's night could be split into two parts; from 14 deliveries to Lynn, he was smashed for 46. From his other 10 balls, he conceded just eight runs.
Lynn equals BBL's six record – again
Almost three years after that wild night in Perth, Lynn equalled his own mark of 11 sixes as he returned to his best in a destructive knock against the Sixers in Sydney. Having hit his second ball over the rope, Lynn cleared the boundary four more times to bring up his fifty from just 20 deliveries at the end of the fifth over. He hit three more sixes before the Heat lost Sam Heazlett in the eighth over after the left-hander had contributed just seven runs and faced 10 balls in a 76-run partnership. Lynn continued on as he approached three figures, but his quest for the competition's fastest hundred saw him dismissed for 94 from just 35 balls attempting a third consecutive six. Incredibly, Lynn's dismissal came before the halfway point of the innings and when the team's total was just 113.
Cummins thunderstruck as Lynn brings down Sydney
Lynn's five consecutive fours off the bowling of Pat Cummins looked like being a rare bright spot on a dark night for the Heat before their batting ace steered them to an unlikely win over the Thunder. Having slumped to 6-63 in the 11th over, which included Lynn smacking Cummins for 20 in five balls, the Heat looked all but gone in their pursuit of 158. But with the required run rate soaring to 13 and wickets running out, Lynn got into the slipstream of a Jack Wildermuth cameo (29 off 20 balls) to get the Heat home with two balls to spare. In all, the Heat clubbed 75 runs from the last 30 balls of the match, with Lynn taking advantage of some sloppy Thunder fielding to finish on 85 not out from 48 balls, and Wildermuth the only other Heat batter to score more than 12.