Nathan Hauritz playing against the Melbourne Stars.
Nathan Hauritz playing against the Melbourne Stars. SMP Images - Chris Tippelt

Batsman makes Nathan feel the Heat

MELBOURNE Renegades batsman Aaron Finch put a big dent in Brisbane Heat spinner Nathan Hauritz's impressive economy rate in the Big Bash League at Etihad Stadium.

The big-hitting Finch smashed the former Hervey Bay junior for three huge sixes on his way to scoring 72 off just 46 balls in the Twenty20 showdown.

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However, it was Hauritz and his teammates who had the last laugh.

The Heat won their second consecutive game and gave themselves an outside chance of reaching the semi-finals after winning the game by 12 runs.

The Heat made seven for 168 and then held the Renegades to nine for 156.

Before the game, Hauritz had the best economy rate, something that's really important in this version of the game, for his team.

Hauritz was going for just 7.63 runs an over before Finch took a liking to him in his second over, blasting three sixes in four balls.

Hauritz, an off-spinner, who has played 17 Tests and 58 one-day internationals for Australia, conceded 23 runs in the over and finished with figures of none for 28 off two overs.

Thanks to the onslaught from Finch, Hauritz now has an economy rate of 8.28, the fifth-best in the team. It's not all doom and gloom for the 30-year-old Hauritz though.

His figures of 3-18, the best in his T20 career, against the Melbourne Stars are still the equal best heading into the Heat's final game of the competition before the finals.

The Heat will play the Sydney Thunder at the Gabba tomorrow night.

While his spell at the bowling crease wasn't the best, Hauritz said the end result was a great one for the team.

"It's given us an opportunity to make the finals," Hauritz said.

"We've just got to focus on beating the Thunder and hope other results go our way."

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