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Luke Pomersbach impresses Dominic Cork as Brisbane Heat reach Big Bash semis

Pomersbach: Smashed Heat into the semis

Ian Harvey applauded the Brisbane Heat's all-round team performance after they thrashed Hobart Hurricanes to seal a semi-final spot in the Big Bash.

Luke Pomersbach smashed the fastest half century of the tournament so far as he amassed 82 from just 42 balls - but the left-hander wasn't the only reason Heat cruised home with 35 balls to spare, according to former Australia all-rounder Harvey.

"They're through to the semi-finals, they're on a roll and will take massive confidence into that semi-final."

Ian Harvey

"In this tournament the Heat have got themselves into good positions but haven't been able to get over the line," Harvey told Sky Sports. "But they put that behind them tonight.

"When they needed their players to stand up in this game their bowlers did, we saw some great catches in the field and we saw a great innings from Pomersbach and Joe Burns (41 not out).

"It was set up by the bowlers, who bowled exceptionally well. The Hurricanes felt it was tough to bat on that wicket and felt 150 was enough. But whatever they got wouldn't have been enough with the way the Heat batted.

"They're through to the semi-finals, they're on a roll and will take massive confidence into that semi-final."

Dominic Cork was hugely impressed with Pomersbach's knock and pointed out that a few confidence-boosting strikes early on had inspired the previously out-of-form Australian.

"He played very well," said the former England man.

"Yes, Pomersbach had a little bit of luck at times when Jason Krejza tried to bowl round his legs or wide but some of his shots were fantastic.

"He hadn't come into this game with any form but that shows, in T20, when you have one shot out of the middle it can change the way you play. It was a brilliant innings."

Peak

And Cork reckons Pomersbach - and Heat - have got it right at the perfect time.

"It's all about peaking at the right time of the tournament," said Cork. "The Heat have done it - and Pomersbach has as well.

"He'll go into the semi-final against a very good Renegades team in form and this massive victory will be a great confidence boost for his side."