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.
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The Brisbane Heat secured the Big Bash League title with an engrossing 34 run victory over the Perth Scorchers at the WACA on Saturday.
The Heat only booked its 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 its total of 5-167, while Dan Christian (37 off 21) provided some crucial big hits at the tail-end of the 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 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.
L POMERSBACH c Stoinis b Behrendorff 37
P FORREST c Coulter-Nile b Behrendorff 17
J BURNS c Hogg b Beer 43
D CHRISTIAN b Coulter-Nile 37
C LYNN c Coulter-Nile b Hogg 5
B CUTTING not out 7
C HARTLEY not out 7
Sundries (6lb, 7w, 1nb) 14
Total (5 wkts - 20 overs) 167
Fall of wickets: 26 (Forrest), 82 (Pomersbach), 113 (Burns), 121 (Lynn), 158 (Christian)
Bowling: M Beer 4-0-26-1 (1w), A Thomas 4-0-32-0 (3w), J Behrendorff 4-0-38-2 (1nb), N Coulter-Nile 4-0-46-1 (3w), B Hogg 4-0-19-1
M STOINIS c Hauritz b Roach 1
S MARSH c Hauritz b Cutting 16
M NORTH c Forrest b Christian 24
A VOGES c Sabburg b Roach 49
N COULTER-NILE c Hauritz b Lynn 16
M HUSSEY c Christian b McDermott 10
S KATICH c Sabburg b Roach 0
A THOMAS c Hartley b Cutting 2
B HOGG c Christian b McDermott 1
J BEHRENDORFF not out 2
M BEER not out 2
Sundries (5lb, 4w, 1nb) 10
Total (9 wkts - 20 overs) 133
Fall of wickets: 5 (Stoinis), 38 (Marsh), 66 (North), 97 (Coulter-Nile), 124 (Hussey), 124 (Katich), 126 (Voges), 129 (Thomas), 129 (Hogg).
Bowling: N Hauritz 3-0-11-0 (1w), K Roach 4-0-18-3 (1w 1nb), A McDermott 4-0-21-2 (1w), B Cutting 4-0-31-2 (1w), D Christian 2-0-24-1, C Lynn 3-0-23-1
Result: Brisbane Heat won by 34 runs
Man of the Match: Nathan Hauritz