After their brilliant performance with the bat yesterday, the Brisbane Heat were unable to replicate it as they record the second-lowest total of WBBL|07.
Captain Jess Jonassen won the bat flip and elected to bat first, but the start to their batting innings couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start, losing in-form opener Georgia Redmayne (1 off 2 balls) fell cheaply, falling leg before wicket to Melbourne Stars’ opening bowler Kim Garth at the end of the first over.
Their powerplay went from bad to worse as Jonassen (6 off 11) skied a ball to Lisney Smith at point off the bowling of young gun Annabel Sutherland, leaving the Heat 2/36 off six overs.
As the Stars continue to mount pressure on the Heat batters with tight bowling and dot balls, Tess Flintoff removed Georgia Voll (2 off 10). Grace Harris looked like she was continuing where she left off in the Heat’s previous game before Flintoff bowled her for 28 runs in the ninth over. The fall of Harris left the Heat in a dangerous situation of 4/46 after nine overs.
Harris’ sister Laura Kimmince (5 off 10) would depart after the drinks break, attempting a ramp shot. Charlie Knott (4 off 8) soon followed three overs later.
Mikayla Hinkley (20 off 26) was unable to replicate the batting form she displayed last week as she was bowled by Annabel Sutherland in the 17th over. Nadine de Klerk (two off 10) followed Hinkley back to the pavilion as she targeted cow corner but fell short with Tess Flintoff catching her on the boundary off the bowling of Linsey Smith.
Irish international Kim Garth bowled the last over of the Heat innings and conceded eight runs while taking the wicket of Courtney Sippel (four off five). Nicola Hancock (11 off 13) and Poonam Yadav (3 off 2) remain unbeaten as the Heat made 9/95 off their 20 overs. The Heat’s total was the second-lowest total of WBBL|07.
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Defending a small total, the Heat needed to take early wickets, they were able to take the wickets of Elyse Villani and Annabel Sutherland (5 off 9) inside the powerplay, however, Villani’s quickfire 26 runs off 20 balls ensured the Stars got off to a good start. At the end of the powerplay, the Stars were 2/36 after six overs.
The wicket of Sutherland brought English recruit Maia Bouchier to the crease, alongside captain Meg Lanning.
With Lanning and Bouchier at the crease, the Heat were unable to create any chances to dismiss the two batters.
Lanning (27 off 37) and Bouchier (32 off 34) put on a 63 run partnership steering the Stars to 2-99 after 16.4 overs, securing the win with less than three overs to spare.
Nicola Hancock (1/14 off three overs, 12 dot balls), Nadine de Klerk (0/10 off three overs, 10 dot balls), and Poonam Yadav (0/9 off two overs) were the Heat’s most economical bowlers, while Courtney Sippel (1/18 off two overs) was the other bowler to take a wicket.
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