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BBL 2020-21 – ‘My head was probably spinning a bit’

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The batsman struggled for the first part of his innings but was able to turn in a match-winning hand

Sam Heazlett showed the value of hanging in as he turned a batting struggle into a match-winning display against the Sydney Thunder in the BBL Knockout final.

Heazlett was 19 off 26 balls in the Brisbane Heat’s chase of 159 before he finally scored a boundary and that flicked a switch for the left-hander, who scored 51 off his next 23 deliveries in a career-best T20 score of 74 not out.

With Heazlett labouring and Marnus Labuschagne controversially run-out, the asking rate had pushed above 11-an-over but, having been brought into the side as a match-up for the Thunder legspinner Tanveer Sangha, he then took to him with a pair of leg-side sixes as the game swung back to the Heat.

“My head was probably spinning a bit early,” Heazlett said. “I played and missed at a few balls but we had more batting to come, Jimmy’s [Peirson] been in great form this season and we had full confidence that we could lift the rate towards the end.

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