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Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat - live BBL final scores and commentary


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Heat storm to Big Bash title

The Brisbane Heat secured the Big Bash League title with an engrossing 34 run victory over the Perth Scorchers at the WACA on Saturday.

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Well that's it for our BBL coverage for this summer. Must say, for all the talk of falls in crowds and TV ratings, the Twenty20 format of the game seems more entrenched in this country than ever. We've had some cracking games, including two ripping semi-finals. It's just a pity the grand final turned out to be a bit of a fizzer as a contest. Congratulations again to the Brisbane Heat on tonight's win; commiserations to the Perth Scorchers, who lose a BBL final for the second year in a row. Hope you've enjoyed our coverage and that you tune back in for our live blogs for the remainder of the international one-day series.

No surprises for man-of-the-match - it's Nathan Hauritz, who bowled and caught superbly. The winning Brisbane side was just presented to the crowd, which, judging by the volume of applause, has diminished significantly in size. Even former WA boy Luke Pomersbach couldn't get much of a cheer.

How sweet it is for the Brisbane Heat...

How sweet it is for the Brisbane Heat...

Kemar Roach being interviewed post-game: says he's "very proud" of his team after taking three wickets tonight, following only two for the remainder of the season. Thank goodness he's easier to understand than Chris Gayle! Perth's Adam Voges also interviewed, credits the Heat's bowling after a Brisbane score that he thought was only about "par" for the pitch. Says "hindsight is a wonderful thing" but stops short of saying Mike Hussey batted too low to have any meaningful impact.

And that's it, the Scorchers survive until the end but the Heat win by 34 runs - a magnificent effort given they lost three of their first four games. Nathan Hauritz absolutely pivotal - if not entirely popular - tonight, with Kemar Roach also bowling really well. The Scorchers' run chase was dead in the water, to some extent, when Shaun Marsh failed to tee off at the top of the order. There just wan't any explosiveness to Perth's batting and Nathan Coulter-Nile's move up the order was a non-factor...

Now Brad Hogg is out. Scorchers 9/129 with five balls left. Michael Beer has come to the crease - this one could end early (ish)...

Another one back in the pavilion - this time it's Alfonso Thomas, caught Hartley bowled Cutting. Scorchers 8/129, needing 39 off seven balls. Mathematically that's possible but cricket ain't maths. Congrats to the Heat - 2012/13 BBL champions!

Deano reports the crowd is already clearing out of the WACA - down to 5000 he estimates...

Meanwhile, our other man in the crowd Deano reckons it's just about time for him to catch the 288 bus down Shepparton Road. As if on cue Adam Voges gets out for 49...Scorchers 7/126, Brad Hogg comes to the crease. 42 runs needed off 13 balls.

Ardent Scorchers fan Loony reckons he'll streak if Perth can win this one. Just some advance notice to the police in case you see a naked lanky bloke running across the WACA. Can't see it happening, especially now Kemar Roach has had Simon Katich caught at deep cover off his second ball. Scorchers 6/124 needing 44 to win off 16 balls.

Hussey GOOOOOOOOOOOORN! And this one may almost be all over. 10 off the over until that final delivery from Alister McDermott, which Mike Hussey could only hit to Dan Christian at long-off, where a fine sliding catch was taken. Scorchers 5/124, needing 44 runs off 18 balls. Hard to see them doing it the way this innings has gone.

Only six off that over from the part-time lefty Lynn. Challenge for the Scorchers continues to grow: 54 now needed from only 24 balls.

Update from the crowd: Loony reports Nathan Hauritz is making "man boobs" and "fat tummy" signals to a bloke in the crowd who has being giving him some stick. Can't imagine that will make Haury real popular if he goes out on the town later this evening! Scorchers 4/108 after 15, still 60 runs to get from an even 30 balls.

Well Coulter-Nile has just managed to do both those things - connect with a shot and get out. He flat-batted a Chris Lynn delivery down the field for six, then connected sweetly with the next one but was caught by that man Nathan Hauritz at deep mid-wicket. Mr Cricket Mike Hussey to the crease with the score 4/97.

Eight runs from the 13th over and the Heat plan of bowling short to the Scorchers is really limiting their scoring options. Equation is now 79 needed off 42 at 11.49 runs per over. That's super tough, especially while Coulter-Nile is mis-hitting as many deliveries as he is. He either needs to start connecting with the ball or sacrifice his wicket to get Mike Hussey out there.

Interesting theory from our man in the crowd Loony - reckons Nathan Coulter-Nile needs to actually open his eyes when he goes the slog. Probably a fair point, the lanky athletic one's swings are pretty darn agricultural.

Scorchers 3/81 with eight overs to go - equation is 87 needed off 48 balls. The good news for Perth fans is that they are about even with where the Heat were and their two best runners between the wickets (Coulter-Nile and Voges) are at the crease. The bad news: making that many runs off that few balls while chasing is always a difficult ask.

Nathan Coulter-Nile arrives at the crease for the Scorchers. Don't think he's going to die wondering - he tried to hit the first ball in the zone for six! The Heat will remember his explosive batting from the last time the two sides met, in a rain-shortened affair at the Gabba.

Marcus North is out, caught in the outfield pulling a short slower ball from Dan Christian. Scorchers 3/66 at the half-way point.

Our man in the crowd Loony is wondering whether Brisbane has an equivalent of Alex Keath, the hapless Melbourne Stars youngster who Shaun Marsh pummelled for 27 runs in an over on Wednesday night. 15 runs off the first five balls of that Dan Christian over were a step in that direction, but then...

Hauritz back into the attack for the Heat and is again economical - only seven off that over and just 12 conceded off three overs. Fine bowling. Scorchers now 2/51 and needing 10-plus an over to win. An Adam Voges pull shot for four through mid-wicket of Dan Christian's first ball is a start in that chase.

What a catch - disaster for the Scorchers as the key man Marsh goes. He smashed that pull shot off Cutting and it was scorching away to the boundary but Nathan Hauritz leapt skywards in the outfield and took a hell of a hang. Brilliant - and maybe a match-turning moment. Scorchers 2/38 as the in-form Adam Voges arrives at the crease.

Suggest some time soon something is going to give here. Neither Marsh nor North look like getting out but that Alister McDermott over only went for six runs and the score is just 1/36 after seven overs.

Another astute observation from our man Deano in the outer: "These guys sitting behind me are educated and know lots about cricket. Said no one. Ever." Meanwhile, a much better over for the Scorchers with Ben Cutting coming on to bowl - 13 from it, including a very nice flick to fine leg by Marcus North for four, from a short-ish delivery. Scorchers 1/30.

Chris Hartley's miked up for the Heat behind the stumps and says he's been able to get an extra over out of Nathan Hauritz because of the left-left, North-Marsh batting combination. Says he thinks the big caught-behind shout against North in the last over was a "bit higher than the thigh pad" - as replays suggested it was. Only three runs off Alister McDermott's first over. Scorchers now a very pedestrian 1/17 after five overs.

HUGE appeal from Roach for a catch behind off North down the leg side. It was a nasty, short-pitched delivery and it definitely hit something - maybe the glove North had taken off the bat but not sure it wasn't the one that remained on the handle either. Lucky escape you'd have to say. We're not up to 1/14 off four and 154 more runs are still required...

Hauritz clearly enjoying bowling to the two lefties here. Scorchers 1/12 after three overs. Certainly not panic stations but they now need nine an over and would want to get a wriggle on pretty soon...

Shaun Marsh pulls a four off the last ball of Kemar Roach's over to take the Scorchers to 1/9. Marcus North in at No. 3 for Perth, Hauritz to continue bowling for the Heat.

Stoinis gone. Think he was trying to pull that Kemar Roach delivery and it was just on to him too quickly and Nathan Hauritz took a fine sliding catch from the top edge down at third man. Scorchers 1/5.

What the hell? Can we seriously be having another change of ball? That's the third one. Guess they don't make Kookaburras like they used to - assuming that's still what we're playing with...According to the boys in the Fox box, they go at about $105 apiece too!

Very good start from Hauritz there - just the two runs from it and one of them was a leg-bye. Threw the ball up and had Marsh playing and missing outside off-stump. Scorchers 0/2. Kemar Roach to bowl from the other end.

Scorchers chasing 168 to win. Heat matching Perth by employing spin to start: Nathan Hauritz. The Scorchers' inclusion Marcus Stoinis will face, with Shaun Marsh at the non-striker's end.

We've now got duelling banjos in the crowd - Deano's still operating for us out there but our correspondent from the other night Loony is also on board, having just finished a day's play for the esteemed Subiaco Marist Cricket Club. Both fellas report some unbelievable crowd reception for Brad Hogg following his brilliant spell. Deano reckons there hasn't been a cult figure like this in WA sport since Clive Waterhouse was turning out for the Dockers.

Herschelle Gibbs having a chat to Sarah Jones on sidelines for Fox - confirms he'll miss two months with a hamstring tendon injury. Says he's gutted to be missing the final as it coincides with his father's birthday. 

Our photographer Matty Tompsett has been down at the WACA getting some photos of all the crowd action. Here's the pic of his snaps...

Big Bash Final: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat. Click for more photos

Big Bash Final, Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat

Big Bash Final: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat. Photo: Matthew Tompsett

Be very interested to see who opens with Shaun Marsh given Herschelle Gibbs' unavailability. Thinking maybe Simon Katich or Mike Hussey...

Only a leg-bye off the final delivery from Alfonso Thomas, as the Heat finishes 5/167 off 20 overs. Mark Waugh reckons it's a mid-range score and he's probably right. No-one really got going for the Heat and the spinners Beer and Hogg bowled beautifully for Perth. Still, at least the Heat have something to defend.

Trouble in block five according to our man on the ground Dean, who says a bloke has got involved in a fracas and ended up covered in claret. Figuring he's not talking wine either. If beer snakes are illegal, you can only imagine how the security will like that scenario.

Dan Christian gone - bowled trying to smash a straight Coulter-Nile delivery through mid-wicket. End of a very handy knock that reaped 37 runs from 21 balls. Heat 5/158 - another 15 or 20 runs in the last seven deliveries would be very handy.

15 off that over from Alfonso Thomas - an excellent return for the Heat. Couple of highlights from Dan Christian - a pull shot backward of square for four and then the ramp shot to the fine leg boundary. Heat 4/149 with two overs to bat.

Six over mid-wicket and the Heat sorely needed that from Dan Christian. Stepped slightly across his stumps and just flicked the Nathan Coulter-Nile delivery over the fence, where a spectator took a pretty decent grab. Heat 4/134 after 17 overs and still with the opportunity to post a pretty handy total.

Hogg finishes his four overs with 1/19, having bowled into the breeze. That's outstanding Twenty20 work for any spinner, let alone a 40-year-old. Heat 4/123 and it's now 14 balls and 10 minutes since Brisbane hit a boundary.

And now Hogg joins in the wicket-taking party. Chris Lynn top-edges a Brad Hogg wrong-un and it carries a fair way but Nathan Coulter-Nile calmly accepts the catch a couple of metres in from the rope. Heat 4/121 and there is a real danger Brisbane's innings is running out of steam.

But that flurry from Coulter-Nile turns out to be Burns' last contribution. He advanced down the pitch and looked to have smacked Michael Beer for a big six but the ball caught up in the breeze and Brad Hogg took a well-judged catch at long-on. Heat 3/119 and Beer finishes his four overs with the excellent figures of 1/26.

Our good mate in the crowd Lemmy's just done the classic cricket fan's trick - gone to get a beer (most likely, in this nanny state - a mid-strength) and missed a wicket while lining up. He's returned from his refreshment to see Burns bash Coulter-Nile for a four and a six in successive balls, then Dan Christian snick Coulter-Nile for another boundary. Heat 3/113 after 14 overs.

Extraordinary shot from Joe Burns for a boundary. Attempted to duck a Behrendorff slower ball, bean ball, then flicked it for four to fine leg while crouched down on his haunches. The umpire called no-ball but the free hit only returned a single run. Still, it's a good scoring over for the Heat with 13 coming from it. They are now 2/95 after 13 overs and Nathan Coulter-Nile is back into the attack.

And Hogg's pressure has paid off at the other end where Behrendorff gets the crucial wicket of Luke Pomersbach. He tried to make room for himself and smash it out of the ground, didn't get all of it and it carried to the Scorchers' Marcus Stoinis at long-on. 2/82 and very nearly could have been 3/82 if Shaun Marsh hadn't lost a lusty Burns hit in the sun at deep mid-wicket the very next ball. Marsh not wearing sunglasses - might have been a big mistake.

That's a brilliant 12th over from Brad Hogg. It will get overlooked in Twenty20's quest for the spectacular but it went 0-0-0-0-1-0. And it's kept the Heat to 1/82 after 12 overs.

Peter Forrest didn't last long.

Peter Forrest didn't last long.

Half-way point and the Heat are 1/75, Pomersbach having dodged a bullet after Brad Hogg bowled a left-arm version of Shane Warne's "Gatting ball" that last over. Only man back in the shed is Peter Forrest (pictured), so Brisbane definitely has something to work on.

One of the weirdest calls you'd ever see - the umpire has called a wide after Brad Hogg bowled a ball that hit Luke Pomersbach in the thigh-pad. They've gone upstairs to change it after the Scorchers complained but, seriously, how do you get something so simple, so wrong?

I can't believe what I'm seeing here. Now Pomersbach has a fluke six on the wind, going to pull Behrendorff and top-edging it over Mike Hussey (again keeping tonight) and over the rope. It might be lucky, but it's helping the Heat pick up their scoring rate: 1/69 after nine overs and you'd have to say this is turning into a pretty solid foundation for the visitors.

First six of the afternoon - but a pretty lucky one if there can be such a thing. Joe Burns came down the pitch at a Hogg wrong'un, skied it straight and it carried on the wind over Alfonso Thomas on the boundary. Heat 1/58.

Brad Hogg into the attack to a big reception from the crowd - and already he's looking more comfortable than Wednesday night's slippery semi-final conditions, when he bowled so many full tosses he looked like a baseball pitcher.

Our man Dean in the outer just pointed out that Beer is bowling to Pomersbach. And that in a previous life, those names were a pretty dangerous combination. Pomersbach just used a trademark reverse sweep to dispatch Beer to the boundary. Heat 1/49.

Heat now on to 1/41 after six overs. Certainly not terrible but not fireworks-stuff either. Coulter-Nile into the attack from one end with Beer back on from the other. The left-armer starts his second spell with a wide.

He hasn't unleashed yet Luke Pomersbach but he just played a beautiful cut shot for four off Behrendorff. Beautifully timing. What a story of redemption his BBL season has been, headed by his match-winning semi-final century.

Luke Pomersbach through the years: WA young gun; Australia's young cricketer of the year; arrested in India last year; triumphant for the Heat on Tuesday night.

Luke Pomersbach through the years: WA young gun; Australia's young cricketer of the year; arrested in India last year; triumphant for the Heat on Tuesday night.

Peter Forrest gone, trying to lift the run rate. He stepped away to leg to try and make room to smash Behrendorff over the fence but succeeded only in skying it to Nathan Coulter-Nile at long off. He doesn't drop those and the Heat is now 1/26 and, you'd have to say, badly in need of some momemtum.

Well I'm not quite sure what's going on with the cricket balls here but we're now on to our third edition of the game. The first one was cast aside before a delivery was bowled and now the stitching has gone on the replacement. Sheesh, I know the WACA is a hard pitch but this is ridiculous, especially considering the cherry has hardly been thrashed around the park. Heat 0/23 after 3.3 overs.

Little bit of everything there in that over. Forrest getting hit in the bed, a leading edge that dropped just short of cover and then a slashing boundary through third man. Heat 0/21 after three overs.

Ouch! Cracking delivery there from Jason Behrendorff, who has just come on to bowl. Hit Forrest square in the helmet with a short-pitched one and the Heat batsman has had to call for a second lid.

First boundary of the game as Peter Forrest plays an exquisite cut shot off Alfonso Thomas, bisecting a tiny gap between point and cover. The ball rocketed away to the fence. Speaking of rocketing, up-and-coming sprinter Tiger Pete has just stormed home to win the sixth race at Ascot. For those who like a flutter on the gee-gees, he's one to watch. Heat 0/14 after Pomersbach forces Thomas to bowl two wides by advancing down the pitch at him.

Safe, if unspectacular start their for the Heat's openers Luke Pomersbach and Peter Forrest. Brisbane 0/6 after one over, neither batsman looked in too much of a hurry there.

Scorchers back to their usual plan of attack, with left-arm spinner Michael Beer opening the bowling. Not sure what's happened here though as one of the umpires has gone back off the ground. Bit of nerves for the man in yellow, I wonder?

First report from Dean in the outer - big crowd in, so enthusiastic that they tried to force bar staff to open up at 3.57pm rather than 4pm. It's a thirsty kind of day I guess. Deano was a fan of the James Brown being played in the ground before the game, reckons even the butterflies on stilts and smurfs were dancing.

Dave "Dean" Lemm

Dave "Dean" Lemm

By the way folks, our man in the crowd tonight is my old Kalgoorlie mate Dave Lemm. Better known as Dean, Lemmy is an accomplished left-arm spinner and bat in country ranks, who has been known (in a past life) to pretend he's a Western Warriors rookie down Cottesloe way after midnight! I'm not sure this is the photo he would have wanted me to use tonight, but, hey, I like it.

That loss of Herschelle Gibbs threatens to be a crucial one for Perth - it places a lot of pressure on Shaun Marsh as the most explosive batsman in the Scorchers' top order. But what a series Marsh has had: 396 runs at an average of 66, including a crucial semi-final knock against Melbourne in which he smashed 27 off a single over from a hapless Alex Keath. Who would have thought Marsh would be here in this form when looked so at sea for Australia last summer; let alone when he was dropped to the WA second side late in the spring.

Three degrees of Shaun Marsh

Three degrees of Shaun Marsh

Good afternoon folks and welcome to sunny Perth - no worries at all today about the rain that affected Wednesday's semi-final against the Stars. It's a perfect night for cricket, with just a nice breeze blowing through. Early news is that the Heat have won the toss and will bat. James Hopes, unfortunately, hasn't come up for Brisbane (he was "miles off" according to coach Darren Lehmann), while Herschelle Gibbs, of course, misses out for the Scorchers because of his hamstring injury.

Join us from 5pm (WST) for all the action from what promises to be a cracking Big Bash League grand final between the Perth Scorchers and the Brisbane Heat.


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