Luke Pomersbach's unbeaten 112 runs guide push Brisbane Heat to a 15 run upset victory over Melbourne Renegades in Big Bash League knockout semi final at Etihad Stadium. The Brisbane Heat compiled a terrifying total of 3 for 183 before fast bowler Ben Cutting take 3 for 24 as the Melbourne Renegades scored 9 for 168 in reply.
The Melbourne Renegades finishing on top of the table with a 7-1 win-loss record, they were unable to overcome the fourth-placed Heat. Punishing left hander Pomersbach, who was handed a lifeline at Brisbane by coach Darren Lehmann after a series of alcohol related incidents in Western Australia, hit 15 fours and two sixes in his 70 ball knock.
The Melbourne Renegades starts their run chase well as Aaron Finch and Alex Hales scored 34 from the first three overs. But Cutting take 1-1 from the fourth over to apply the brakes, bowling Hales for 20. Spinner Nathan Hauritz got his first wicket of the tournament when Alex Doolan fell for 13 at 2 for 63 and the key breakthrough came two deliveries later when Renegades' leading runscorer Finch (23) holed out to deep cover to spinner Chris Lynn (2 for 15).
Cutting also bowled Tom Cooper for 14 while the home side's other main batting hope Ben Rohrer fell to Lynn's bowling at 5 for 131 after smashing 42 off 22 balls. Luke Pomersbach's hundred was only the second by any player this season in the BBL and he was the leading run scorer with 360.