Frankston Peninsula opener Liam Tonkin blasted 66 off 51 balls to set up the Heat’s stirring Twenty20 win over Melbourne at the Albert Ground in Round 9.
Cracking 8 fours and 1 six, Tonkin powered Frankston’s 5-153 off 20 overs.
In reply, Melbourne lost its last six wickets for 26 runs to be dismissed for 135 in the last over.
Heat skipper John Hastings, gearing up for the Big Bash, brought Melbourne undone, showcasing his experience in the shortest form of the game with 3-8 from 3.3 overs including the scalps of Sam Harper and Meyrick Buchanan (11).
Ben Ashkenazi (3-30) and Brodie Symons (1-21) also impressed.
Earlier, Tonkin ignited Frankston’s batting, receiving good support from Hastings (16 off 9 balls), Tom Wood (25), Symons (19no) and Dale Elmi (19), in his 200th club game for Frankston Peninsula.
The win lifted the Heat into the top eight.
In the seconds, Kiefer Peries smashed 63 off 48 balls (with 4 sixes) but Frankston Peninsula fell eight runs short of victory.
Skipper Aaron McIlroy took 3-19 off 4 overs to help the Heat’s thirds to a 20-run win, after Rohan Simpson (32) and Jake Brown (26) recovered the Heat innings from 7/63 to post a total of 123.
The fourths fell short in their large run chase by 39 runs.
Backing up the next day against Prahran to complete the Twenty20 block of matches, the firsts cruised to another dominant victory to take the side to 6th on the ladder.
After a 30 minute delay to the game to mop up the effects of a storm, the Heat elected to bowl first and restricted Prahran to an underpar 7/134 off 20 overs, with the ball zipping around the quick Jubilee Park East Oval outfield.
It was an even effort with the ball, again led by John Hastings (2/14 off 4) and Nick Boland (2/38 off 4). Hastings completed his ideal preparation to lead the Melbourne Stars in the BBL, executing a full repertoire of deliveries.
Hastings (52 off 35) then joined Liam Tonkin (37 off 19) for a rapid 59 run opening stand. Launching four huge sixes towards the playground, Hastings quickly accelerated the run chase. This allowed Tom Wood (39*) to steer the side home with 12 balls to spare with 7 wickets in hand to delight all the luncheon attendees watching on from the balcony.
The seconds match was washed out with Prahran 2/107 when the storm hit.
The thirds batted first at Toorak Park and compiled an excellent 5/150 off 20 overs thanks to Morne O’Donoghue (71) and Tim Drummond (52*). Prahran were never in the hunt, dismissed for 102 from 18 overs with Josh Peet (2/9 off 4) and Jamin Barron-Toop (2/25 off 3) doing best with the ball.
The fourths made 4/122 batting first, with debutant Sean Van Wijk making 29*, along with Simon Draycott (31) and Jake Brown (23*). Prahran were 3/103 off 13 overs when rain arrived to end the match, seeing Prahran over the line on Duckworth Lewis calculations.
Day 1 of the Round 11 match against Footscray was abandoned due to rain. This two day red ball fixture will now revert to a white ball one day match on December 9, with the 1sts and 3rds away and the 2nds and 4ths at home.
All are invited to the club for Selection Night meals on December 7 and 14, with the December 14 dinner our annual Christmas Roast evening.