Chris Lynn has fallen one shot short of the Big Bash League’s fastest century, dismissed by a catch right on the boundary as he launched what would have been a record-breaking six against the Sydney Sixers.
- Chris Lynn smacked 11 sixes as he scored 94 runs off 35 balls for the Brisbane Heat
- Lynn was caught out on the boundary as the ball fell just a few metres short of a six that would have given him the record
- Craig Simmons has the fastest BBL century, scored off 39 balls in 2014
The Brisbane Heat did enough to win the game, with Lynn’s rapid knock propelling the Heat to a total of 4-209, aided by Matt Renshaw’s 60 not out off 39. The Sixers could not get close — finishing their 20 overs 48 runs behind, on 7-161.
Having lost big-hitting English import Tom Banton to illness before the game and seen opener Max Bryant out for one in the second over of the game, the Brisbane Heat captain strode to the crease with more weight on his shoulders than usual.
It was made worse by the fact that Lynn had failed to get out of single digits in the Heat’s first two games of the season — losses to the Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars.
Lynn was struggling with a rib injury, but teed off against the Sixers to the tune of 94 runs off 35 balls as he came painfully short of breaking the 39-ball record held by Perth Scorchers slogger Craig Simmons.
“It would have been nice to get triple figures, but saying that, I’m just happy to get double figures,” Lynn said after scoring nine and six in the opening games.
“There was an opportunity to go really big.”
Lynn belted 11 sixes and four fours and at the time of his dismissal in the 10th over had scored all but 19 of the Heat’s 113 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
He dispatched three of the four balls leading up to his dismissal over the rope, but went for one too many in trying to reach three figures, holing out to Sean Abbott at long-on off the bowling of Ben Manenti.
It would have been the second ton of Lynn’s BBL career, just the 21st in the competition’s history and the first of the 2019/20 season.
Renshaw picked up the slack after Lynn’s departure and the Sixers’ chase never got close.
James Vince top-scored for the hosts with 39 off 27, but steady wickets in the face of a mighty total saw the Heat to their first win of the season.