Result: Hobart Hurricanes beat Brisbane Heat by 40 runs in to reach Big Bash semi-finals

Hobart Hurricanes secure a comfortable 40-run victory over Brisbane Heat in round eight of the Big Bash League to reach the semi-finals.

Hobart Hurricanes have secured a place in the Big Bash semi-finals after beating Brisbane Heat by 40 runs in round eight.

The Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat first, opting for Ben Dunk and Tim Paine to lead the charge on home turf.

It was a strong innings from the pair, who managed to keep the Hurricanes unbeaten until Paine was dismissed on 47 from 28 balls by James Hopes.

Jonathan Wells (12) and Evan Gulbis (22) were among those that contributed, but it was Dunk who shone for the Hurricanes by scoring 87 runs from 53 balls as the side finished their innings on 209-7.

Brisbane Heat had the task of chasing 210, but they were dealt a blow when Craig Kieswetter was taken out for 22 by Dimitri Mascarenhas.

Opening batsman Luke Pomersbach (60) held firm while Joe Burns and Ben McDermott were both dismissed for a duck, and Chris Lynn only mustered one run from four.

After the loss of eight wickets, the Heat could only grab 169 runs.

Ben Hilfenhaus of the Hurricanes celebrates victory with team mates during the Big Bash League match between Brisbane Heat and the Hobart Hurricanes on December 28, 2013
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