Heat's Banton smashes Thunder in BBL

Adrian Warren
Brisbane Heat opener Tom Banton smashed the second-fastest BBL 50 against the Thunder in Sydney

A savage display of big hitting from English import Tom Banton has helped Brisbane Heat beat Sydney Thunder by 16 runs in a rain affected BBL clash on Monday.

Banton, who played his first three T20 internationals against New Zealand in November blasted 56 off 19 balls at Sydney Showground Stadium, as the Heat smashed 4-119 in an innings reduced to eight overs.

Banton took 14 off the first three deliveries of the Brisbane innings and reached his 50 off 16 balls with five successive sixes between long on and midwicket off spinner Arjun Nair.

It was the second fastest BBL 50 behind a 12-ball effort from West Indian Chris Gayle for Melbourne Renegades in 2016.

There was another brief rain delay after the Thunder reached 1-22 off 2.1 overs.

Thunder's revised target meant they had to score another 55 off 17 balls to reach a winning score of 77.

In-form captain Callum Ferguson was caught at deep midwicket off the first ball after play resumed and the hosts never seriously threatened after that.

Big hitting English opener Alex Hales, who didn't face a ball until the 11th delivery of the innings, scored an unbeaten 20 off nine.

The match started 103 minutes late, but 21-year-old Banton and his captain Chris Lynn launched a massive assault on the home bowlers.

They put on 90 in five overs during an innings which included ten sixes and nine fours.

Banton smashed seven sixes and two fours but got a life on 16 in the third over when wicketkeeper Matthew Gilkes missed a stumping.

Lynn, who promoted himself to open, belted 31 off 13, though he benefited from being dropped twice.

Thunder remain in the top four despite the loss, but Brisbane are just a point behind having played one less game.

A savage display big hitting from English import Tom Banton has helped Brisbane Heat reach 4-119 off their eight overs, in a rain affected BBL clash with Sydney Thunder on Monday. The match at Sydney Showground Stadium started 103 minutes late, but 21-year-old Banton and his captain Chris Lynn launched a massive assault on the home bowlers. They put on 90 in five overs during an innings which included ten sixes and nine fours. Banton, who played his first three T20 internationals against New Zealand in November blasted 56 off 19 balls. He took 14 off the first three deliveries of the innings and reached his 50 off 16 balls with five successive sixes between long on and midwicket off spinner Arjun Nair, . He smashed seven sixes and two fours but got a life on 16 in the third over when wicketkeeper Matthew Gilkes missed a stumping off spinner Chris Green. 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The Powerplay will be cut from six to two overs. Three bowlers can bowl two overs and two will have one each. Brisbane captain Chris Lynn won the bat-flip toss and opted to bat. Spinner Mitchell Swepson, who was called into the squad for the third Test but wasn't picked, is back in the Heat side. Thunder: Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson (capt), Matthew Gilkes, Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Chris Tremain, Brendan Doggett. Heat: Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (capt), Matthew Renshaw, James Peirson, Ben Cutting, Jack Prestwidge, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin Zahir Khan. A savage display big hitting from English import Tom Banton has helped Brisbane Heat reach 4-119 off their eight overs, in a rain affected BBL clash with Sydney Thunder on Monday. The match at Sydney Showground Stadium started 103 minutes late, but 21-year-old Banton and his captain Chris Lynn launched a massive assault on the home bowlers. They put on 90 in five overs during an innings which included ten sixes and nine fours. Banton, who played his first three T20 internationals against New Zealand in November blasted 56 off 19 balls. He took 14 off the first three deliveries of the innings and reached his 50 off 16 balls with five successive sixes between long on and midwicket off spinner Arjun Nair, . He smashed seven sixes and two fours but got a life on 16 in the third over when wicketkeeper Matthew Gilkes missed a stumping off spinner Chris Green. Lynn, who promoted himself to open, belted 31 off 13.but was dropped twice before being dismissed. . captain Chris Lynn opted to promote himself skied his first ball but Nair could' t take the catch j Arjun Nair couldn' t otdst ball with Arjun nair to openen rte English import Tom Banton got the Heat innings off to a rapid start pulling the first ball from Daniel Sams for six, follwod le Sams ifrst r paid start Bnaton pulled a six over midwicket and slashed the second ball behind backward point , then a reverse sweep shoirt fine ;leg Lynn had another life in the second over when Sams spilled a chance at cover. of Morris The big hitter added to Thunder's agony by plundering 14 off the last three balls of a 21-run Banton hit tfive sucesssive sixes over between long on and midwicket off off Arjun Nair, thlasa tof which brought up his 50 off just 1 6balls. over. with Banton got a life on 16 in the third over when wicketkeeper Matthew Gilkes missed a stumping off Spinner Chris Green and hit him over long on for six a few balls later. The Powerplay will be cut from six to two overs. Three bowlers can bowl two overs and two will have one each. Brisbane captain Chris Lynn won the bat-flip toss and opted to bat. Spinner Mitchell Swepson, who was called into the squad for the third Test but wasn' t picked, is back in the Heat side. Thunder: Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson ( capt), Matthew Gilkes, Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Chris Tremain, Brendan Doggett. Heat: Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (capt), Matthew Renshaw, James Peirson, Ben Cutting, Jack Prestwidge, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin Zahir Khan. HELPLINES/CONTACT INFORMATION Domestic Violence Mental Health BODY FOOTER SIGN OFF AW/NZ