BBL Preview: Lynn Ominous Ahead of Scorchers-Heat Final

BBL Preview: Lynn Ominous Ahead of Scorchers-Heat Final Photo: TT
Chris Lynn of the Heat hits the ball high back down the wicket; Marvel Stadium

Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn admits his own form hasn’t been up to his lofty standards in the 2020-21 Big Bash League season in an ominous sign against the Perth Scorchers, who he’s scored more runs against than any other player.

The Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers will meet in Thursday night’s Challenger final in Canberra for a spot in Saturday’s Grand Final against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG.

The Scorchers earned the rights to host the game in Perth but the WA State Government’s lockdown of the metropolitan area after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive to COVID-19 forced the game to be moved, offering an advantage to the Heat, who finished fourth on the ladder.

Brisbane also beat Perth in the final regular season round to secure a finals spot and will be buoyed by that, along with Lynn’s recent record against the Scorchers, with scores of 51, 27, 14, 14, 33 and 56* in his past six encounters with them.

Speaking about his own form after missing Australia T20I selection, Lynn said: “I’ve been OK without being great. I haven’t really got a big score yet, and I haven’t won a match with my own bat which is something I pride myself on.

“I’ve left a lot of runs out there I believe. I’ve probably sold myself a little bit short not getting to the 10-over mark and not being able to utilise the power surge, that’s when I think I could do the most damage.

“I don’t really want to comment too much on the Australian stuff. We’ve been there over the last couple of years.

“I’m just going to keep trying to put my hand up with runs and any opportunity you get to play for Australia, you just be grateful and its a bonus.”

Despite his personal assessment, Lynn actually has the fifth most runs of any player in BBL10, with 436 scored across 12 matches, having missed four due to a hamstring injury.

Perth’s New Zealand import Colin Munro has the fourth most runs at 441, while Scorchers keeper Josh Inglis isn’t far behind either along with openers Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone.

Despite finishing second, the Scorchers haven’t been afforded any advantages given their misfortune with Perth’s lockdown, playing Thursday’s game at Canberra where they’ve lost all three games they’ve played there this season.

Perth may also boast the leading wicket-taker this season, Jhye Richardson, but they’ve only managed seven wickets in those three games at Manuka Oval.

Canberra-born Scorchers fast bowler Jason Behrendorff said: We know theyre a pretty free-flowing batting unit, especially with Lynny, he goes quite hard and can obviously get the off to a fast start.

So if we can build a bit of pressure up the top, hopefully we can create a few chances and take a few wickets, we can get stuck into their middle order quicker than usual.

Ben somerford
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