BRISBANE – Brisbane Heat’s finals hopes went from lukewarm to stone cold as the Adelaide Strikers registered a comprehensive 31-run victory in the Big Bash League match at the Gabba last night.
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Chasing 167 for victory to keep their slim finals hopes alive, the Heat (0-4) slumped to 6-70 after 10 overs in front of a disappointed crowd of 14,397.

The Strikers’ baby-faced BBL debutant James Muirfield had a field day, claiming the key wickets of Michael Neser (1), off his first delivery, and Chris Hartley (11) as well as taking a sharp catch to dismiss Matt Hayden (13 off 5), who belted two sixes in his short stay at the crease.

Callum Ferguson also played an important role, taking catches to dismiss Brisbane skipper Peter Forrest and Andrew Robinson cheaply before running out Heat dangerman Dan Christian (16 off 12 balls), who was competing against his Redbacks teammates, with a direct hit.

The contest was pretty much over when Chris Lynn was caught at third man for 19 as the hosts slumped to 7-90.

Steve Paulsen (35 not out) played a lone hand for the Heat but it was never going to be enough as they were bundled out for 135.

“They played pretty well and we didn’t, simple as that,” Forrest said.

“We spoke about our batting this week. We came out positive but we were thoroughly outplayed.”

The wickets for the Strikers were shared between Kane Richardson (2-2), Brendan Drew (2-27) and Muirhead (2-17).

Earlier, Michael Klinger (53 runs off 44) and man-of-the-match Tom Cooper (43 not out off 27 balls) combined to steer the Strikers to 4-166.

Alister McDermott (2-31, four overs) and Neser (1-16, three overs) were the best bowlers for the Heat, while quick Ryan Harris, named as Australia’s 12th man for the SCG Test against India, was solid with 0-29 (four overs).

Former Test off-spinner Nathan Hauritz had a bad night, conceding 40 runs off his four overs.

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