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Heat Cutting it too fine

IT APPEARS as if the Brisbane Heat's defence of their T20 Big Bash League crown has run off the rails very early in the competition.

They won their first match against the Perth Scorchers at home by the slimmest of margins when Ben Cutting hit the winning runs with two balls to spare.

Since then they have lost their next three games and are now looking as if they need a miracle to make it into the finals.

In their second game against the Hobart Hurricanes they looked as if they had the match in the bag when they only lost three wickets scoring 209.

A poor display by the Heat's fast bowler saw the opposition reach the total with fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus hitting a four and six off the first two balls of the last over.

The Melbourne Renegades then gave as a lesson in the next match with another poor performance by our quicks allowing another 210 score line.

We were then bowled out for 153 with Ben Cutting scoring 40 off 19 deliveries to go with his first game 15 off seven.

A special training session was called and it worked to some extent as they were able to contain the Sydney Sixers to just 140 in the game on Thursday night.

But with a bit of bad luck and some very poor team management the Heat came up short in the run chase to now be second bottom on the table.

It was hard to believe that when Dan Christian and Chris Lynn were out they brought on Chris Sabburg and James Hopes in ahead of Ben Cutting.

These two pushed and prodded their way to 22 off 36 balls putting the total further and further from reach.

The very good crowd of more than 22,000 was certainly not impressed by the lack of urgency shown during these five overs.

All during this time Cutting was prowling on the boundary like a caged lion ready to get into the fray.

Cutting has had two chances to bat prior to this game in this year's Big Bash but surely 55 off 26 balls would indicate that he can be a match winner.

When he finally got to the crease in the last over the match was almost out of reach for the home team with 20 to get.

While Cutting only got three hits, a six off the second last ball gave him a chance needing six off the last but was caught just five metres in from the rope.

It is hoped that Stuart Law and his brains trust realise that if you have a match winner like Cutting you need to give them a bit more time at the crease.

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