An ultra-impressive display from youngster Georgia Voll and another half-century to Grace Harris have kept the Heat firmly entrenched in the top 4 of the WBBL|07 ladder as they secured a comfortable 8 wicket win over the Sydney Sixers at Karen Rolton Oval.
Harris scored her 3rd half-century of this Women’s Big Bash campaign with her 54 off 39 balls as all the Heat batters used their touch, power, and class to overpower the Sixers.
After losing the bat flip, the Heat missed multiple chances to make early inroads to the Sixers’ top order with some dropped catches and a missed run-out opportunity going begging.
Some tight bowling from Nicola Hancock, Georgia Prestwidge, and skipper Jess Jonnasen in the powerplay ensured that the Sixers weren’t able to get away to a fast start on a good batting deck with the Sixers only managing 1/57 at the drinks break halfway through the innings.
Some late hitting from Ash Gardner (86 off 52) and Nicole Bolton (38* off 24) set the victory target at 159 after their 20 overs.
Harris and Georgia Redmayne continued their impressive opening partnership as they nursed the ball to all areas of Karen Rolton Oval, finishing the powerplay 0/51.
The pair looked to be cruising along before Redmayne was caught short of her ground attempting a second run off an Ash Gardner throw from the deep with Alyssa Healy assisting in whipping off the bails and catching her fellow wicketkeeper well short of her ground.
Georgia Voll replaced Harris out in the middle and kept the tempo of the run chase moving along swiftly, eventually guiding the heat home with an unbeaten 48 off 41 deliveries.
Speaking to The Inner Sanctum post-game, Voll spoke of the importance to get back on the winner’s list and the lessons the group took following the weekend’s loss to the Renegades.
“I think we took a lot out of it [the game against the Renegades] still getting 190,” she said.
“It’s nice to get back on the winner’s list”
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Voll, who batted with both the Harris sisters today in the run chase spoke of the excellent experience she has around her in the Heat batting lineup. As the youngster in the Heat’s top order, Now that she has completed her schooling, Voll is ready to be a sponge and learn as much as she can as she continues to take her game to new heights for both Queensland and the Brisbane Heat.
“It’s really cool and it’s really important that I pick their brains a little bit and gain as much confidence and stuff that they know,” She said.
“To be able to play alongside them and train alongside them every day, it’s a pretty good opportunity for me”
After playing all of their games away from home last season and so far this season, the Heat will return to Queensland for a series of matches up in Mackay as the WBBL continues its national roadshow. Voll said she is excited about getting back to Queensland and playing in front of friends and family again.
“It will be really cool to get up to Mackay and play. I think most of our families are coming up there which will be pretty good to have them up there she said.
“They haven’t been able to come down and support but they’ve all been at the Pineapple Hotel supporting us each and every game so to have them up there will be really cool and to have the Mackay community supporting us as well will be really awesome.”
The Heat begin their leg of matches in Mackay on Saturday, November 13th where they will meet the Sydney Sixers, with the match commencing at 18:05 local time