While the anticipated clash of Brisbane Heat teammates like Chris Lynn (Toombul) and Dolphins trio of Max Bryant, Xavier Bartlett and Matt Kuhnemann, was thwarted at the last minute due to the upgrading of bio-security provisions for the BBL hub in south-east Queensland, the Final was a typically hard-fought affair with a number of stand-out individual efforts in the decider at Allan Border Field.
Both teams overcame the loss of early wickets to post competitive totals. Toombul was 3-27 before the experienced Preston White steadied the ship with a patient 29.
In his first appearance in the top grade this season, Tom Rowley provided the shot in the arm the Toombul innings needed, batting fearlessly on the way to a rollicking 46 from 27 balls as his side finished with 160.
In-form quick Chris Knight, who has relished the opportunity this season to lead the Toombul attack since switching from Valley, then took on the job of claiming wickets in the power play as Toombul strived to put the Dolphins on the back foot.
He did just, punching a hole through the Gold Coast top order as he bowled his four overs up front, finishing with 4-23 and removing dangermen Josh Kann and Hugo Burdon in the process.
Gold Coast was wobbling at 5-101 before allrounder Liam Hope-Shackley joined Scott Palombo and Jack Hargreaves for the chase.
Hope-Shackley produced a stunning knock of 37 runs from 24 balls to add to Scott Palombo’s 41 runs and Jack Hargreaves’ knock of 32 to seal the win with four balls to spare.