Howlers piling up as stragglers get rough end of callIt was another tough night at the office for Brisbane Heat.

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Another umpiring howler has taken the spotlight off the Brisbane Heat’s horror start to the season as captain Chris Lynn battles a hamstring injury that could force him to miss a raft of games in the Queensland hub.

A magnificent captain’s knock from Jimmy Peirson (69 off 36) who took the reins when Lynn was ruled out before the match, gave the Heat a sniff in the final over but they fell two runs short of the Adelaide Striker’s modest total of 6-150 to remain at the bottom of the BBL ladder.

The Heat were reeling at 8-68 before Peirson took control, leaving the Heat needing 13 from the final over for an unlikely victory.

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But it was another umpiring blunder and Lynn’s injury that caught the attention.

The Heat were already reeling at 5-58 when umpire Tony Wilds made a howler, giving Tom Cooper out lbw despite the batsman clearly hitting the ball on to his pad when attempting a switch hit.

But the decision – on the back of several other controversial calls – revived calls for the use of DRS in the BBL.

The Strikers defended their total magnificently, taking two wickets from the first eight balls to have the Heat playing catch-up all night.

DRS Debate Heats Up

Another umpiring blunder had the match commentators up in arms, with Shane Warne demanding Cricket Australia pay for the DRS to ensure the Big Bash was taken seriously.

Warne said he felt for umpire Tony Wilds “but we can’t have these decisions and mistakes”.

“What is going on with this umpiring, something has to be done, this is ridiculous,” Warne said after replays showed Cooper had clearly hit the ball.

“Enough is enough. We’ve seen too much of this. If we want to take this competition seriously, you’ve got to have DRS, Cricket Australia has just got to pay for it.

“You just can’t have these decisions.”

Lynn Injury

The Heat suffered a major blow before the first ball was bowled with star batsman Chris Lynn forced out of the match after tweaking his hamstring in the warm-up, with medical staff yet to assess the severity of the strain.

But with the Heat scheduled to play five games in the next two weeks, even a short absence would be a major blow to their campaign.

The injury continues a miserable season for the Heat captain, who was fined for breaching the BBL’s strict COVID-19 protocols while in Canberra.

Young Gun Shines

While Mark Steketee took the limelight with two key wickets for the Heat from consecutive balls, Xavier Bartlett looks to have cemented his place as a strike threat especially with the swing he was able to generate with the white ball at the Gabba.

Bartlett finished with three wickets, trapping Jake Weatherald in front for one in the first over before rattling the stumps of Matt Short (12 off 10) and picking up Jonathan Wells (31 off 26) from a full toss in the final over.

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