Steketee takes more wickets for the Brisbane Heat
FOR the third game in succession, Warwick paceman Mark Steketee has taken the first wicket for the Brisbane Heat in a BBL competition game.
He was used in the fourth over on Saturday night in front of a record BBL T20 crowd of 32,696 for a Gabba game and took the wicket of Melbourne Stars batsman Cameron White in his second over.
The Stars were hitting out at the time and the Heat conceded 40 runs in Over 4 to Over 7.
Steketee conceded nine runs in his first over, Cameron Gannon 16 off his first, Steketee one off his second over and then Ben Cutting 14 off his first over for 40 runs in four successive overs.
The Warwick paceman took a wicket in his second over when he had White caught at mid on by Ben Cutting for 17 off 14 balls.
Steketee was rested after two overs and returned to bowl one over for two runs midway through the innings.
During the over, he threw the stumps down with a backhand flick but the Stars batsman had made his ground.
With Steketee and captain James Hopes the best with the ball, Hopes rested Steketee again and with 24 balls to go, the Stars needed 36 when former Test player Rob Quiney started to hit out for the Stars.
It was almost an impossible ask for the Heat when Steketee came on for the 20th over with six runs needed from six balls with four wickets in hand.
He was bowling to Quiney who hit two two's off the first two balls before being caught deep on the off side by
Chris Lynn with the third. All rounder John Hastings then hit a six off the next ball and the Stars were home on 7-149 and had secured a home final.
Steketee finished with 2-20 off 3.4 overs, the second best return by a Heat bowler. Both his victims were former Test batsmen.
English import Luke Wright won player of the match with 1-25 and 37 while for Queensland it was Dan Christian who starred with 68 off 48 balls in 7-144.
The Heat play in Adelaide on Saturday and need wins in their final two round games to have any chance of a final four finish.