Sabburg has chance to play in the Big Bash League showdown

Chris Sabburg
Chris Sabburg Kevin Farmer

CHRIS Sabburg was a spectator in the stands when the Brisbane Heat played the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League showdown at the Gabba last year.

The 22-year-old left-handed batsman and right-arm off-spin bowler now has a chance to be playing in the competition this season.

The Toombul all-rounder has put pen to paper to be the 18th and final contracted player for the Queensland franchise.

Sabburg, the nephew of former Queensland fast bowler Dirk Tazelaar and a cousin of Bulls legend Andy Bichel, secured his contract despite playing on a losing team after the Flames lost against the Country Inferno in the third and final round of the T20 Challenge at Valley's home ground in Ashgrove on Sunday.

The former Queensland Youth and Queensland Academy of Sport representative scored 23 off 20 balls, but the disappointment of losing was eased after Heat selectors told him he'd done enough to earn a contract.

"There have been a lot of good performances in the competition so I certainly didn't expect them to announce me," he said.

"I played in the curtain-raiser to the Heat game against the Stars last year and stayed on for the match, which was a great experience as a fan, so to be a part of it now as a player is a bit of a dream come true."

Heat coach Darren Lehmann said Sabburg had caught his eye last season in the same T20 Challenge and had done so again this year.

"He was pretty handy last season, but I liked the way he batted in the first round in partnership with Chris Lynn, and then in the second round, took a brilliant outfield catch, so that reinforced to me that he has something to offer," Lehmann said.

The Heat will open its BBL campaign against the Ricky Ponting-led Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba on Sunday.

Heat squad: Dan Vettori, Alister McDermott, Nathan Hauritz, Dan Christian, Ryan Harris, Ben Cutting, Luke Pomersbach, Chris Lynn, Joe Burns, James Hopes, Chris Hartley, Shane Watson, Kemar Roach, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Mitchell Johnson, Andrew Robinson, Chris Sabburg and Dale Steyn.

Topics:  big bash league, chris sabburg, cricket



Local Real Estate

finda logo
Featured Real Estate
Sun soaked contemporary... UNDER CONTRACT
House 4 2 2
GREAT PRICE - GOOD... $400,000
House 3 1 1
Lively but Laidback! $165,000
Residential Land Sound like you? Located within walking distance of town centre and a ...
Old Tewantin Gem $485000
House 3 2 2
Very Neat And Tidy ... Submit All...
House 4 2 4
Sun-Filled Spacious... Offers over...
House 4 2 1
Classic Masterpiece - An... Contact Agent
House 3 2 2
Sun soaked executive... Contact Agent
House 3 3 2

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Caboolture jobs listed daily

Featured Jobs
Experiened Cleaner... Experiened Cleaner Golden Beach Holiday Park Approx 20 hours per week including ...
APPRENTICE BUTCHER Caloundra Full Time
TV COMMERCIAL AND FILM... Sunshine Coast Contract



Local Partners

Local Profile

Horoscopes

Virgo

A friend may be having a problem similar to one you've been through. You may be able to help but remember you are different people. You...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save