Brisbane Heat reject Chris Lynn has sent a timely reminder to his former Big Bash League franchise of his destructive capabilities.

Australian cricketer Chris Lynn has sent a timely reminder to the Brisbane Heat of his destructive capabilities, smacking 83 off 46 balls in the T20 Blast to help Northamptonshire secure a 31-run victory against Durham on Friday.

Earlier this month, Lynn and the Heat parted ways after the Brisbane-based Big Bash League franchise decided not to renew the foundation player’s contract ahead of the 2022/23 summer.

And it hasn’t taken long for the 32-year-old to show the Heat what they’ll be missing next season.

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In his first home game for the Steelbacks, Lynn cleared the boundary rope eight times in an entertaining 69-minute demolition, combining with England batter Ben Curran (71 from 43 balls) for a 149-run opening partnership in Northampton.

One of the Queenslander’s sixes landed in the backyard of a house adjacent to the Wantage Road ground, with CCTV footage capturing the moment.

Northamptonshire registered a whopping team total of 4/223 from their 20 overs – Durham fell comfortably short of the target, with West Australian Matthew Kelly taking 1/48 from three overs in the run chase.

Durham captain Ashton Turner, who has represented Australia 27 times at international level, retired hurt for 21 off seven balls after dislocating his shoulder while diving to make his ground in the second innings.

Elsewhere in the T20 Blast, Australian batter Marnus Labuschagne made an underwhelming 20 off 14 balls in Glamorgan’s final-over loss to Surrey, with veteran seamer Michael Hogan claiming 5/18 from four overs in the run chase.

Meanwhile, Australian all-rounder Daniel Christian snared two wickets and scored 23 runs in Nottinghamshire’s four-wicket victory over Worcestershire.

Lynn scored 3005 Big Bash runs during his 11-year stint with the Heat, averaging 34.54 with the bat at a strike rate of 148.83.

He was the first cricketer to smack 100 BBL sixes, still comfortably holding the all-time record with 180 maximums in the Australian domestic tournament.

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