Sydney Thunder has fallen to the Brisbane Heat by 16 runs under the DLS method in a rain-affected match at Sydney Showground Stadium.
Led by Englishman Tom Banton (56 from 19) and skipper Chris Lynn (31 from 13), the Heat made a fast start to their eight-over innings. The big-hitting duo hit 81 from the first four overs before Thunder fought back to restrict the Heat to 4/38 from the next four overs.
Alex Hales (20* from 9) spear-headed the chase however it wasn't enough as Thunder fell 16 runs short of the revised five-over target of 77 after rain interrupted the second innings.
Thunder made one change, with Chris Tremain coming back into the side for Nathan McAndrew, while the Heat welcomed Mitch Swepson back into its XI.
Thunder: Callum Ferguson (C), Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams
Heat XI: Chris Lynn (C), Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Ben Cutting, Zahir Khan, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin, James Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Matthew Renshaw, Mitch Swepson
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
The left-arm quick fought back from being hit for 18 runs in the opening over, to take 2/24 from two overs, including the big wickets of Max Bryant and Matt Renshaw.
The in-form bowler, who remains the League's leading wicket-taker with 14 wickets in seven games, also made a handy cameo with the bat, hitting 10 from the three deliveries he faced.
THE NEXT STOP
Thunder head south to Melbourne (Wednesday 8 January, 7:10pm AEDT) to take on the Stars before returning to Sydney Showground Stadium to face the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday 11 January (6:10pm AEDT start). Tickets are on sale now, with kids from $5 and adults from $20. Secure your seat in advance to save on match day prices!