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Heat beat Scorchers to claim T20 crown
By Justin Chadwick
00:59 AEST Sun Jan 20 2013

The Brisbane Heat are the new kings of Australian Twenty20 cricket after beating the Perth Scorchers by 34 runs in Saturday's Big Bash final at the WACA Ground.

Chasing 168 for victory, the Scorchers were restricted to 9-133, with dangerman Shaun Marsh dismissed for just 16 off 24 balls courtesy of a sharp overhead catch from Nathan Hauritz in the deep.

The Heat only booked their place in the BBL finals with an upset win over Hobart in the last round of the season.

Former WA bad boy Luke Pomersbach cracked an unbeaten 112 to power the Heat past the Renegades in Tuesday's semi-final, but it was a team effort to get over the line against the Scorchers in the decider.

Joe Burns (43 off 27 balls) top-scored for the Heat in their total of 5-167, while Dan Christian (37 off 21) provided some crucial big hits at the tail-end of their innings.

And although Brisbane opener Pomersbach couldn't get close to repeating his recent heroics, he still managed 37 off 38 balls to get the Heat off to a solid start.

The Heat's bowlers then backed up the efforts, with West Indies paceman Kemar Roach (3-18 off four overs) and spinner Nathan Hauritz (0-11 off three overs) grinding down the Scorchers early, before Ben Cutting snared the crucial scalp of Marsh.

Brisbane achieved the win without skipper James Hopes, who failed in his bid to overcome a hamstring injury.

The Scorchers lost last summer's T20 grand final to the Sydney Sixers, and were desperate to end the nine-year title drought for Western Australia cricket.

But they never looked likely in their run chase, especially after crawling to 1-17 after five overs.

With Marsh at the crease, there was always hope.

But when he fell in the eighth over with the score at 2-38, the Scorchers were in big trouble.

Adam Voges (49 off 32 balls) and Marcus North (24) looked promising in patches.

But with Herschelle Gibbs missing through injury and Marsh dismissed cheaply, the Scorchers lacked the firepower to chase down the Heat's competitive total.

Although the Scorchers missed out on the BBL trophy, they can take consolation in the fact they've already booked their spot in this year's lucrative T20 Champions League.

"Everyone's devastated," Scorchers captain Simon Katich said.

"It's just one of those days when we were completely outplayed. At the halfway point I thought we were right in the game chasing 167. We just never got going with the bat."

Roach said he was thrilled to play a key role in the win.

"It's a great feeling. To bring it home for Brisbane is always a good thing," Roach said.

"We thought we were about 10 to 15 runs short in the batting. But once we got early wickets, we put them under pressure."


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