Sport

Nathan catches glory, Heat to play in T20 Champions League

Nathan Hauritz is hoisted in the air by his Brisbane Heat teammates after catching out Perth's Shaun Marsh during the Big Bash League T-20 final.
Nathan Hauritz is hoisted in the air by his Brisbane Heat teammates after catching out Perth's Shaun Marsh during the Big Bash League T-20 final. AAP / Lincoln Baker

IN 2009 Nathan Hauritz helped New South Wales win the lucrative T20 Champions League in India, and now the off-spinner has the chance to do it again - with the Brisbane Heat.

The Heat will head to India or England - the venue is still to be decided - later this year to contest the $13million tournament, which includes a massive $2.4million to be shared by the winning team, and they will arrive as Australian champions after beating the Perth Scorchers by 34 runs in the Big Bash League final at the WACA on Saturday night.

It was an impressive result when you consider the Heat lost three of their first four games this season, and so bad was their form that the bookies had them at $41 to win the tournament.

They secured their place in the finals only after an upset win over the Hurricanes in Hobart in the last round of the regular season.

Although they didn't play well at the start of the season, they did when it mattered the most ... in the finals.

They sent the much-fancied Melbourne Renegades packing in the semi-final to set up the showdown at The Furnace with the Scorchers.

Hauritz, the former Hervey Bay junior, who moved back home to Queensland this season after spending six years with NSW, played a leading role in the win against the red-hot favourites.

The 31-year-old was named man of the match after his inspired performance in the field.

He opened the bowling and conceded just 11 runs in his three overs and took three stunning catches to help restrict the hosts to 9 for 133 off their 20 overs in reply to the Heat's 5 for 167.

Among those he caught in the deep was Scorchers danger man, opener Shaun Marsh, the leading runscorer in the competition.

Hauritz, who has played in 17 Tests, 58 ODIs and three Twenty20s for Australia, said it was great to win a MOM award ... for fielding.

"I was shocked to receive it to be honest - I thought DC (Dan Christian) would have got it," he said.

"It is the first one-day MOM award I have won - Kemar (West Indian paceman Kemar Roach, who took his best Heat figures of 3 for 18 off 4 overs) and I were having a laugh afterwards, saying we are big-game players.

As for his catches, Hauritz said they were "not that hard".

"We had done a lot of catching work since the semi-final (the Heat dropped four in the outfield), but it is easier to field at night at WACA, than in the day," he said modestly.

"I am just glad I didn't drop them because I was copping it from the crowd all night, so it felt great to catch them and give a bit back."

Topics:  bbl big bash league brisbane heat cricket nathan hauritz perth scorchers



Folau returns for Rugby Tens

TOURNAMENT FACE: Israel Folau will return to the ground where he has enjoyed much success over the years, as ambassador for the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens at Suncorp Stadium.

Ipswich star to headline global event

WATCH: Baby python no match for big green tree frog

Amphibian and reptile showdown in Ipswich

Local Partners

Gatton family claims game show success

A GATTON family walked away with more than $11,000 after an exciting three-night run on game show Family Feud.


Comedian Damien Power becomes big hit on The Project

BIG NAME: Toowoomba comedian Damien Power will perform his new show Utopia at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in March.

The Toowoomba comedian is preparing for his most hilarious show yet

10 things to do this Australia Day

Thirsty Merc will perform live at the Racehorse Hotel on Australia Day.

Competitions for the best mullet, cane toad races, zorbing and more.

Chopper's Republic of Ipswich

HELLO: Chopper will perform his new show Anzakistan at the Racehorse Hotel next month.

Popular character returns

'Allo 'Allo! star Gorden Kaye has died

Gorden Kaye, pictured in Brisbane in 2007, found fame as a cafe owner Rene Artois in the iconic British television series ‘Allo ‘Allo!

ACTOR Gorden Kaye, from BBC comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died.

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Accusers become accused in tenants from hell story

SPEAKING OUT: Scott Marsen says he doesn't want people to feel sorry for the couple who trashed his home.

Couple whose house was trashed accused of doing the same

New food precinct pitch for Yamanto

NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE: An artist's impression of a new centre at Yamanto submitted to the council this month along with development plans.

A new business centre has been proposed for Yamanto.

$6 million upgrade for busy intersection

AVID Property Group invested $6 million in connecting its residential estate to Ipswich and Springfield.

Project includes dedicated bus bay, traffic lights and added lanes

Design tenders called for blue chip Rosewood Library

NEXT STAGE: Design tenders have been called for the new Rosewood Library.

Massive $6.5 million investment bearing fruit

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!