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Canberra force ABLSF decider
A four-run third inning lifted the Cavalry to victory to force a decider on Sunday
02/03/2018 9:37 AM ET
Ryan Kift reacts during the Heat's Game Two loss
Ryan Kift reacts during the Heat's Game Two loss (James Worsfold)

The Perth Heat have fallen to the Canberra Cavalry 6-3 in their ABL Semi-Final Game Two to set up a decider on Sunday.

Desperate to keep their season alive, the Cavalry hit the lead with four runs in the third inning as they got on top of Heat starter Matt Kennelly.

Kennelly, making his playoff debut as a pitcher endured a rough start, and was tagged with the loss.

Older brother Tim Kennelly's RBI double put the Heat on the board before two more Cavalry runs removed Matt from the game.

The 28-year-old was relieved by Nick Veale in the fourth inning having conceded six runs in 3.2 innings.

Veale, who owned a 2.81 ERA in the month of January maintained his good form and kept the Heat in the game, pitching 3.1 scoreless innings as his offence chipped away at the lead.

"All I wanted to do was keep us in the game and give our offence a chance," Veale said.

RBI doubles to Robbie Glendinning and Jake Bowey brought Perth to within three runs as Daniel Schmidt and Nick Kennedy kept the Canberra offence at bay.

After the early onslaught of runs, the Heat bullpen kept the Cavalry scoreless for 5.1 innings, but it wasn't enough to pick up the win, as the visitors tied up the series.

The deciding game will be played at the Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark from 4pm on Sunday, with Kyle Simon to be handed the ball for the Heat.

Simon, who earned five wins during the regular season will likely go head-to-head with Canberra's Frank Gailey.

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