Brisbane Heat dismiss Chris Lynn has sent a timely reminder to his former Big Bash League franchise of his destructive abilities.
Australian cricketer Chris Lynn sent a timely reminder to the Brisbane Heat of their destructive abilities, hitting 83 from 46 in the T20 Blast to help Northamptonshire to a 31 run win over Durham on Friday.
Earlier this month, Lynn and the Heat parted ways after the Brisbane-based Big Bash League franchise decided not to renew the founding player’s contract until the summer of 2022/23.
And it didn’t take long for the 32-year-old to show the Heat what he’ll be missing next season.
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In his first home game for the Steelbacks, Lynn cleared the boundary rope eight times in an entertaining 69-minute demolition, combining with England slugger Ben Curran (71 from 43 balls) for an opening 149-run partnership at Northampton.
One of the Queenslander’s six landed in the backyard of a house adjacent to the Wantage Road ground, with CCTV footage capturing the moment.
Northamptonshire recorded a stunning 4/223 from their 20 overs – Durham were comfortably short of target, with West Australian Matthew Kelly taking 1/48 from three overs in the chase.
Durham captain Ashton Turner, who has represented Australia 27 times at international level, retired injured for 21 from seven after dislocating his shoulder diving to gain ground in the second inning.
Elsewhere in the T20 Blast, Aussie hitter Marnus Labuschagne had a disappointing 20 from 14 in Glamorgan’s final loss to Surrey, with veteran Michael Hogan claiming 5/18 from four overs in the chase.
Meanwhile, Australian all-rounder Daniel Christian took two wickets and scored 23 runs in Nottinghamshire’s four-wicket win over Worcestershire.
Lynn scored 3,005 Big Bash runs during his 11-year stint with the Heat, averaging 34.54 with the bat at a 148.83 strike rate.
He was the first cricketer to hit 100 BBL sixes, still comfortably holding the all-time record with 180 maximums in the Australian National Tournament.