Depth Test Looms for Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat in Pursuit of BBL Glory

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After Scorchers’ top-order was ripped apart, No. 7 Hobson took over with an assault at the death to flay a flagging Heat attack in temperatures hovering around 40 degrees in the daytime fixture.

Hobson finished unbeaten with a career best 48 off 30 balls to turn the match on its head as Scorchers eventually claimed a comfortable 35-run victory.

The result wasn’t particularly important with Heat having already locked up top spot and a home final in the Qualifier on January 19. While the victory did officially secure a top-four berth for Scorchers, their bid for a historic hat-trick of titles might just rest with a second-place decider against Sydney Sixers in Perth on Tuesday.

The winner will meet Heat and earn a second chance, but the loser faces an elimination final.

The Heat and Scorchers match was something of a finals tune-up for both teams fielding notably different line-ups to their clash at the Gabba just three days earlier.

Heat were without Test batters Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne, while Matt Renshaw might have played his last BBL match of the season as he links up with Australia’s squad in Adelaide.

Internationals Colin Munro and Sam Billings carried the drinks – which were downed with relish on the hottest day in Perth for two years – before they flew off to the UAE’s ILT20 with Heat giving valuable game time to those who will be part of their title push.

The slew of changes opened up opportunities with Hobson taking his with both hands. Hobson, who does not hold a state cricket contract and is an accountant in his day job, became something of a cult figure after his heroics alongside Cooper Connolly lifted Scorchers to last season’s title over Heat in an epic final.”

In what must have felt like a recurring nightmare for Heat, Hobson reunited with Connolly as they counterattacked and cracked open an attack that ran out of gas.

Tristan Lavalette is a journalist based in Perth

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