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Sydney Thunder captain Callum Ferguson smashed an unbeaten 73 to lead his side to a 29-run win over the Brisbane Heat in the opening game of the Big Bash League (BBL).
Opting to bat first, the Thunder got off to a brisk start before opener Usman Khawaja was caught by Sam Heazlett at deep square off the bowling of Josh Lalor for 22.
Alex Hales only made seven runs before he was dismissed by Mark Steketee.
Matthew Gilkes was the next to go as he was also caught by Heazlett at deep square, but off the bowling of Ben Laughlin.
Ferguson and Alex Ross stabilised the innings with a 63-run partnership before Ross was caught by Heat captain Chris Lynn at short third man off the bowling of Mitchell Swepson for 30.
Daniel Sams was clean bowled by Swepson the very next ball.
Chris Green hammered a 17-ball 25 before being caught and bowled by Ben Cutting.
However, with Ferguson going on to score a 44-ball 73, which included six boundaries and three sixes, the Thunder finished on 172/6.
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Swepson was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Lalor, Steketee, Laughlin and Cutting chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 173 to win, the Heat lost Tom Banton early on as he was caught by Nathan McAndrew at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jonathan Cook for 16.
Max Bryant, who opened the batting with Banton, only made 11 before he was sent packing by Cook.
Lynn mustered nine runs before being removed by Chris Tremain, while Heazlett was taken out by Arjun Nair for 12.
Matt Renshaw managed to score 26 runs before he was caught by McAndrew at deep square off the bowling of Green, who also dismissed Steketee for 15.
Lalor was run out for one run, while Cutting was clean bowled by Sams after walloping 28 runs off 18 balls.
With Nair and Sams removing Swepson and Laughlin respectively, the Heat were bowled out for 143.
Cook, Green, Sams and Nair took two wickets apiece, while Tremain claimed one.
Ferguson was named Man of the Match.