Quick Xavier Bartlett has bounced back from final-over heartache to help the Brisbane Heat to a confidence-boosting 14-run Big Bash League win over the Hobart Hurricanes.
Bartlett took a career-best 4-30 from four overs after the Heat earlier posted 8-150 on the back of some late lusty hitting from allrounder James Bazley.
Bazley top-scored in tricky Bellerive Oval conditions with an unbeaten 44 from 27 deliveries at No.8.
Bartlett struck two big blows early in the Hobart chase, getting rid of inform opener Ben McDermott (0) and skipper Matthew Wade (one) in the second over.
He returned for the power surge in the 14th over to remove Tim David (seven) and D’Arcy Short, who departed off a top edge for a sluggish 27 from 38 balls.
Bartlett had bowled the final over in Brisbane’s two-wicket loss to the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday, conceding a single off the last delivery in a game they should have won.
“To finally win one of those close ones, the boys should just be proud of themselves,” Heat skipper Chris Lynn told Fox Cricket.
“You can go two ways about it. You can dwell on it but we actually turned the page quite quickly after that Sydney loss. We’ve learned from it and we saw the benefits of it.
“You’re going to go through a rollercoaster of emotions throughout a game. It’s just about holding your temper … sticking to your plan.
“We do all this planning away from the game, sometimes we get in the heat of the battle and you tend to go away from it.”
Mujeeb Ur Rahman was outstanding in the middle overs, picking up Harry Brook and Peter Handscomb to finish with 3-20 at an economy rate of five runs per over.
Tailender Tom Rogers (33 not out from 20 deliveries) gave Hobart a glimmer of hope in the final few overs but his side finished 8-136.
It was an impressive win by the Heat who were in a spot of bother at 2-16 at the end of the powerplay after being sent in.
Bazley shared a crucial 42-run stand with Jack Wildermuth, who hit 28 from 21 deliveries after being brought in as an X-factor player, and also bowled four overs that went for just 20 runs.
Rogers earlier impressed with the ball for the Hurricanes with 2-15 from four overs, while quick Nathan Ellis took 3-41 including the big wicket of Lynn (13 from 15 balls).
Brisbane are now 3-5 after eight matches while Hobart are 4-4.