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Brisbane Heat win by 8 wickets

Hurricanes vs Heat

Brisbane Heat beat Hobart Hurricanes to reach the semi-finals of the Big Bash

Luke Pomersbach: Smashed the fastest half-century of the competition

Brisbane Heat cruised into the semi-finals of the Big Bash T20 league with an eight-wicket victory over Hobart Hurricanes.

Left-hander Luke Pomersbach crashed 82 from just 42 balls as the Heat reached their target of 151 with almost six overs to spare.

Pomersbach was ably assisted by Joe Burns, who added 41 in a partnership of 107 for the second wicket after they lost Peter Forrest at the start of the fifth over of the reply.

The Hurricanes' innings never flowed after openers Tim Paine and Travis Birt were stifled by the Heat, whose decision to open with spinner Nathan Hauritz paid dividends.

England's Owais Shah (32 not out) and Jonathan Wells (40 from 24 balls) got them to 150-4 with an unbroken stand of 66 but the score was no more than par in Hobart.

And so it proved as Pomersbach tore into the Hurricanes from the get-go, registering the fastest 50 of the competition and eventually hammering 13 fours and two sixes in his thrilling response.

Doug Bollinger removed Forrest but Pomersbach and Burns proved a winning combination and although Ben Laughlin bowled the former to become the tournament's leading wicket-taker, the Heat were almost home.

They will now take on the Melbourne Renegades on Tuesday in the last four.

Match Details

Date
12th Jan 2013
Toss
Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Umpires
G Abood and S J Nogajski

heat BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Pomersbach b Laughlin 82
P J Forrest c J.W. Wells b Bollinger 18
J A Burns not out 41
Christian not out 5
Extras 5w, 1lb 6
Total 14.1 Overs 152 - 2
Full Batting Card

hurricanes BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
M.A. Higgs 2 0 20 0
Hogan 3 0 20 0
Bollinger 4 0 41 1
Krejza 2 0 31 0
Laughlin 3 0 35 1
J.W. Wells 0.1 0 4 0
Full Bowling Card