Hobart Hurricanes have secured a remarkable two-run win over the Brisbane Heat to keep their hopes of making the BBL final alive.
The Heat were on track to beat the Hurricanes’ modest 9-120 aggregate, needing just 16 runs from the last three overs at Launceston with five wickets in hand.
But their chase imploded when leading scorer Jimmy Peirson (39 of 37) fell to Nathan Ellis in an 18th over that cost just four runs.
Heat-fast Joel Paris then struck out Michael Neser in the next over, conceding just two.
Brisbane needed 10 runs to win the final, bowled by part-timer Tim David, but could manage only seven despite a surging maximum from Tim Bazley on the third-to-last ball.
Bazley needed a four off the last ball to win the game, but was only able to squeeze in one hit, leaving the Heat at 8-118.
The result means the Hurricanes jump to fifth on the ladder, a position they can hold if the sixth-seeded Sydney Thunder lose to the Melbourne Stars on Wednesday night.
The Heat, meanwhile, missed out on a golden opportunity to secure third place and hosting rights for Friday’s ‘The Eliminator’ finale.
Usman Khawaja’s side fell to 4-30 in the sixth over of the chase, before a 73-run partnership between Peirson and Sam Hain (26 of 34) smoothed much of the total.
The Hurricanes previously faltered to 9-120 after losing the coin toss and being sent in.
Mac Wright was their only spark with the bat on a tricky field, scoring a run-a-ball 56 in his first game of the summer.
Marnus Labuschagne pulled off two sharp outfield catches – a low dive try to get rid of Ben McDermott (two off seven balls) and an overhand grab to clear danger man David (four off six).
Breakout star Spencer Johnson was impressive early (2-20 from four overs) and at the dead.