17/04/2024

Courtney Sippel was brilliant with the ball in a player of the match performance in the Heats win over the Sixers in Mackay. Image: @HeatBBL. Twitter

Brisbane Heat bowler Courtney Sippel was brilliant with the ball as the Brisbane Heat continued the Sydney Sixers WBBL|07 woes

It was a low-scoring showstopper in the sugar city, with more wickets than boundaries, but Brisbane Heat prevailed under the lights against Sydney Sixers.

Despite a firm and relatively even pitch, the Sixers struggled to score freely, notching only 7/91 after their 20 overs in regional Queensland.

Even with a low total, the Heat still made it difficult for themselves, losing wickets consistently in the run chase and reaching the total with just three wickets remaining.

Sydney’s struggles continued, with the team sitting in sixth spot on the table and a chance of making finals slim.

With one home game successfully defended, the team has shifted its focus onto Sunday morning’s clash with the Strikers, who won their afternoon game against the Hurricanes.

Heat keeper Georgia Redmayne said the side would draw on its experiences in Tasmania to deal with the short turnaround.

“We had a bit of a short turnaround in Launceston, you just have to try to do the right things in recovery and try to get as much sleep as we can,” she said.

“I’m actually pretty grateful that we’re playing in the morning rather than midday or afternoon in Mackay.

“I don’t mind playing night then morning if it keeps us out of the heat.”

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Courtney Sippel was awarded player of the match honours for her 2/12 off four overs, including a double-wicket maiden.

She said playing in Queensland brought the best out of the side.

“Being on our home turf is really special,” she said.

“We bowled to our plans and everyone backed themselves, we all put in 100 percent in whatever we did.”

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