Georgia Voll Strikes for the Heat

Georgia Voll 2020
Georgia Voll finished 31* (17) as the Brisbane Heat's winning ways continued against the Adelaide Strikers. (Photo: cricket.com.au WBBL|06)

Brisbane Heat’s Georgia Voll put 31 runs on the board, unbeaten, to help set up another victory for her team, the Adelaide Strikers unable to chase the 104 run total in 11 overs.

Wet weather continued to rule the WBBL|07 competition in Launceston, with rain and a soggy pitch delaying the start of the Heat’s clash with the Strikers. 

When the shortened match got underway, Grace Harris was finding the rope with ease as they took 13 off Darcie Brown’s first over. 

Runs continued to flow even as Harris departed (16 off 11), with debutant Ellie Johnston pushed up the order to attack the ball. She struck it nicely, including a glorious boundary over midwicket. 

Three wickets fell in succession; first Georgia Redmayne (28 off 14) was caught in the outfield by Katie Mack and then Ellie Johnston was caught by Tahlia McGrath (9 off 10). Laura Kimmince came up the order but was out for a golden duck to complete Brown’s hat-trick. 

Despite the wickets, Georgia Voll pressed on with the bat in an impressive knock, 31 not-out to help her side post a healthy 5/104 from 11 overs. 

Post-match Voll said the coaches told her to go for it out in the middle and continue the Heat’s attack for the duration of the 11 over innings.

“I was just told to go out and back myself and I think that I did that today, just backing my areas and where I can hit,” she said.

“I know obviously it was a shortened game, so once I got in just go for it was basically what I did.”

Voll is used to getting some time to settle in with the bat but didn’t mind the rush of today’s shortened innings. Given a license to go for it worked in her favour on this occasion.

“I think I didn’t actually mind coming out, I usually like to take a few balls to get in and get going, but obviously with the shortened game with only a few overs left, I didn’t have that time. 

“But to get out there and have a good hit out, was really good.”

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One of the players who helped set the strong total in just 11 overs was debutant Ellie Johnston.

“El’s been working really hard this year and to get her opportunity was really exciting for her and she started really well with the bat,” Voll said.

“I think she had a really good debut and an exciting finish for her as well.”

With 104 runs on the board, the Heat felt they were in a strong position to defend and take the points at Invermay Park.

“I think our batters started off really well with Grace and Red getting us to a good total and we were pretty confident that we could defend that,” she said.

“We knew they had to go at just under 10s the whole way, so if we got a few good overs there and I think Georgia Prestwidge bowled really well, getting some dots at really crucial times, which was just too much pressure in the end for the Strikers.

Jess Jonassen took two wickets in a row at the end of her second over but elected not to bowl herself again with only one player able to bowl three overs. Instead, she threw the ball to Prestwidge.

“JJ’s number one plan was to get the win,” Voll said.

“So, JJ giving it to George (Prestwidge), I think George played really in the game today and gained really good momentum for us that ended up getting us the win.

“I think JJ just thinks about the team and what we need to do to get the win.”

Two wins and an abandoned match have the Heat sitting on top of the WBBL|07 standings with two more matches to play out on Sunday.

“I think grabbing two early wins, and obviously that tight one and then the washout, we were pretty disappointed not to get on yesterday, but to be honest it was no chance for any team to get on yesterday. 

“So yeah it was good to come out today, again with a bit of a delay and a shortened game, but to execute the way we did – obviously a few dropped catches, but those things happen. 

“To get the win with the girls today was really good.”

The Heat remains in Launceston for two clashes with the Hobart Hurricanes, the first on Tuesday at 4:50 pm AEDT.

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