Paceman Mark Steketee in action in Brisbane.
Paceman Mark Steketee in action in Brisbane. Contributed

Steketee takes two

MARK Steketee took the first wicket of an innings for the second time in two games in Wednesday night's Brisbane Heat BBL T20 cricket victory against the Sydney Thunder at ANZ Stadium.

Steketee, of Warwick, was used in the fourth over of the innings and had 1-3 off three balls after opener Daniel Hughes was caught on the drive.

He then bowled to Thunder captain Mike "Mr Cricket" Hussey and kept the former Test player in check until Hussey hit a four through the off side in Steketee's second over and the sixth of the innings.

Like in his first spell last week in a narrow Heat loss, Steketee was rested by captain James Hopes after two overs with figures of 1-11.

Hussey hit out in the middle of the innings but it was Hopes who slowed the Thunder momentum in quest of the required 166 with a steady spell.

Cameron Gannon then had Hussey caught for 60 off 37 balls which virtually ended the Thunder hopes.

Gannon took three wickets in one over for the Heat before Steketee returned to the bowling crease and only conceded one run from his first three balls.

Ajantha Mendus then hit Steketee for two fours, one a lucky shot over the keeper before the Warwick paceman took his wicket with the final ball of his third over when Dan Christian took the catch in the deep.

With the last man run out in the next over and the Thunder all out for 117, Steketee didn't have a chance to bowl his fourth over and finished with 2-20 off three overs, the second best return of the innings.

Chris Lynn was man of the match with 56 off 35 balls in the winning Heat score of 5-165.

The Heat must beat the Melbourne Stars on Saturday night in Brisbane to stay in finals contention.


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