Big Bash League: Revisiting all the past winners
#5 2012/13 - Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot in the inaugural season of the BBL. However, they were determined to put up a much better showing in the 2012-13 season. However, they began their season with a defeat to the Hobart Hurricanes.
Brisbane Heat bounced back to win an exciting second match against Adelaide Strikers which went down to the last ball. They went on to lose their next two matches against Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades which out them on the brink of elimination.
Brisbane Heat won their next two matches against Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder and both wins were convincing wins. They lost their next match Sydney Sixers but won their final match against Hobart Hurricanes which put both teams and Adelaide Strikers level on points while only one team could qualify for the semi-finals.
Brisbane Heat had a superior net run rate and were through to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, a tremendous century from Luke Pomersbach helped Brisbane Heat avenge their earlier defeat and took them to the final. Here, they would face another team which defeated them earlier- Perth Scorchers.
Some brilliant batting by Joe Burns and Dan Christian took the Brisbane Heat to 167/5 in their 20 overs. In reply, the Scorchers could only score 133/9 thanks to some brilliant bowling by Kemar Roach, Alister McDermott and Ben Cutting.
Luke Pomersbach was Brisbane Heat’s best batsman and was the second highest run-scorer of the competition with 397 runs at an average 44.11 and a strike rate of nearly 140. His 112 in the semi-final was also the highest individual score of the tournament.
In the bowling department, Ben Cutting topped the charts and was the joint second-highest overall with 13 wickets at an average of 14 and an impressive economy of 6.27.