Finals berth for Heat

MELBOURNE – West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach will be in the final of the KFC Big Bash in Australia.

Roach went wicketless in his four overs while conceding 31 runs but his Brisbane Heat played well to defeat the Melbourne Renegades by 15 runs in their semi-final match-up at the Etihad Stadium today.

Opener Luke Pomersbach clobbered an unbeaten 112 in 70 balls as the Brisbane Heat blazed to 183 for three in their 20 overs. In response, the Renegades made 168 for nine with only Ben Rohrer with 42 making any real impression.

Pomersbach, the one-time black sheep of Australian cricket, clobbered 15 fours and two sixes just minutes after the Heat suffered a huge pre-game blow, losing captain James Hopes to a hamstring injury during the warm-up.

Highlighting his plunder was that, for the first time this summer, a batting line-up got to Sri Lankan spin legend Muthiah Muralidaran. The off-spinner had figures of 1 for 35 in his four overs, easily eclipsing his previous worst figures of 0-28 in the season opener five weeks ago.

“I said to myself don’t take him on, but it’s just instinct sometimes,” Pomersbach said of Murali.††

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