BBL 2018/19 48th Match: Mujeeb, Lynn blow Scorchers away

Hobson said the ball didn’t carry. Image Fox SportsMore

Hobson said the ball didn’t carry. Image Fox SportsMore

Josh Lalor took a hat-trick before a quickfire fifty from captain Chris Lynn guided Brisbane Heat to a comfortable six-wicket win against Perth Scorchers in a Big Bash League clash on Friday.

The visitors shook up their top-order with recalled wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Inglis promoted to the top alongside Shaun Marsh in a bid for extra firepower - the seventh opening combination used by Scorchers this season.

The medium pacer removed Andrew Tye at the end of the 18th over before returning to dismiss Matthew Kelly and Hobson at the start of the final set of six.

Mujeeb made it back-to-back match-of-the-match awards against the Scorchers, grabbing 3-16 from four overs. Nick Hobson proved his worth smashing 43 off 35 deliveries, including three boundaries in what was his third game for Perth.

The win, though, was setup by the Heat bowlers as Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and Lalor took three wickets each to keep Scorchers batsmen on the backfoot.

The 22-year-old was the Scorchers' first left-arm wrist-spinner since cult hero Brad Hogg departed for the Melbourne Renegades in 2016, finishing with an economical 1-21 from four overs including the wicket of big-hitting opener Max Bryant.

He also combined with Hobson for a vital 38-run sixth-wicket stand.

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He was unable to cap off a fine innings when he holed out in the final over to complete a surprise hat-trick by Lalor spread out over two overs.

In a freakish twist, his first dismissal was Tye, who has taken two.

Only teammate Alex Ross realised Lalor had claimed the rare feat, pointing it out after the left-arm seamer nabbed a wicket with the last ball of his second over and nabbed scalps with the first two balls of his third late in the Scorchers' innings.

For the fifth time in the tournament, Perth lost their first three wickets for less than 20 runs.

Ashton Turner became Mujeeb's second victim, while captain Mitchell Marsh was sent packing by Cutting for 15.

The Heat opted for spin for the first five overs of the match before Lalor got a bowl, with Cameron Bancroft belting three boundaries off his first over.

Mujeeb made early inroads as Perth slumped to 17-3 in the fourth over, but crucial inputs from Cameron Bancroft (32) and Nick Hobson (43) gave the Scorchers a total to defend.

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