Australian cricketer Chris Lynn has timely reminded the Brisbane Heat of his destructive abilities, hitting 83 from 46 balls into the T20 Blast to help Northamptonshire score a 31-run victory against Durham on Friday.
Earlier this month, Lynn and the Heat split after the Brisbane-based Big Bash League franchise decided not to renew the starter’s contract until the summer of 2022/23.
And it wasn’t long before the 32-year-old showed the Heat what they’ll be missing next season.
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In his first home game for the Steelbacks, Lynn cleared the boundary rope eight times in an entertaining 69-minute breakdown, pairing with England batter Ben Curran (71 from 43 balls) for an opening partnership of 149 runs at Northampton.
One of the Queenslander’s six landed in the backyard of a house adjacent to the Wantage Road site, with CCTV footage capturing the moment.
Northamptonshire registered a whopping 4/223 from their 20 overs – Durham fell well short of the mark, with Western Australian Matthew Kelly winning 1/48 from three overs chasing.
Ashton Turner, captain of Durham, who has represented Australia 27 times at international level, struck out 21 with seven balls after dislocating his shoulder during a dive to gain ground in the second innings.
Elsewhere in the T20 Blast, Australian batter Marnus Labuschagne made a disappointing 20 off 14 balls in Glamorgan’s final-over loss to Surrey, with veteran Sear Michael Hogan claiming 5/18 from four overs in the run chase.
Meanwhile, Australian all-rounder Daniel Christian netted two wickets and scored 23 runs in Nottinghamshire’s four-wicket win over Worcestershire.
Lynn scored 3,005 Big Bash runs during his 11-year stint with the Heat, averaging 34.54 with the bat and hitting 148.83.
He was the first cricketer to hit 100 BBL sixes, still comfortably holding the all-time record of 180 maximums in the Australian domestic tournament.