The Challenger match in the 13th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) was played between Adelaide Strikers (STR) and Brisbane Heat (HEA) at Carrara Oval in Queensland on Monday, January 22. During the match Heat's Josh Brown made the impossible as the batter hit the 2nd fastest century of the BBL history in the knockout game and helped his team to qualify for the final. He smashed the ton in just 44 balls.
He set a new BBL record for the most sixes in one innings. The 30-year-old also tied the record with Chris Gayle, Simmons, and Chris Lynn, who each hit 11 sixes. He reached fifty in just 22 balls. The batter finished with a score of 140 runs off 57 balls. Brown also stitched a crucial 119-run partnership with captain Nathan McSweeney, which helped the team to score past the 200-run mark. Brown now also has the third-highest individual score in the history of the tournament.
Brown is presently ranked third among the leading run scorers in the ongoing BBL. The right-handed batter has 313 runs in 8 matches, with an average of 39.12 and a strike rate of 152.68. The explosive batter since his debut in the 2022-23 BBL and has scored 771 runs at an average of 35.04.
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Josh Brown scored an insane 140 in just 57 balls with 12 sixes for Brisbane Heat in the BBL....!!! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/O2hZWNKyLu— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 22, 2024
Josh Brown shines for Heat
Heat after winning the toss elected to bat first. The opener and the captain were the two batters who could go to double-figure marks. Except for these two, no batter could score past 10 runs. The former was in no mood to give time to the Strikers bowlers as he smacked them all around the park as they posted 214/7 in their 20 overs.
In reply, the Strikers could only score 164 runs before being bowled out. Only two of their batters could go past the 40-run mark, Thomas Kelly and wicket-keeper Harry Nielsen. The former scored 41 off 24 deliveries and the wicket-keeper scored 50 off 33 balls and the Heat won the game by 54 runs and qualifying for the final to play against Sydney Sixers.