Brisbane Heat are out of the competition following their defeat to Melbourne Stars on Sunday. They scored 149-6, thanks to Ben Duckett’s 51 and modest contributions from elsewhere but the Stars openers just took over the game in the run chase.
A 104-run stand for the opening wicket effectively killed the game and the Heat’s slim hopes of staying alive in the tournament.
The defeat came despite the Heat squad getting late reinforcements in the form of Michael Neser and Mitch Swepson.
The incentive now for the Heat ahead of their final two games is to avoid the bottom spot and with it the dreaded wooden spot, which Melbourne Renegades have taken home the last two years and are again the favourites for.
Perth Scorchers got a jolt in their last game as they were beaten by the resurgent Adelaide Strikers in a rare unimpressive display.
However, they still occupy the top spot and are the favourites to finish as league leaders. A win here would put them out of reach of Sydney Sixers.
They are also being bolstered at the right time, with Josh Inglis, Colin Munro, and Mitchell Marsh all returning, although Laurie Evans is still out injured.
Marsh’s return, in particular, would be massive as he was in scintillating form before being called up to the Ashes squad.