Grace Harris starred again with the bat as the Heat defeated the Hurricanes by 14 runs in Launceston. (Photo: Brisbane Heat - Twitter)

A strong opening partnerships with half - centuries to both Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne set up an exciting 14 run win for the Heat over the Hurricanes

After another strong display with the bat, the Brisbane Heat have staved off a determined Hobart Hurricanes side to record a 14-run victory and regain top spot on the WBBL|07 ladder.

It was the opening pair of Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne who once again set the tone for the Heat as they continued their strong form for their side up top.

Both Redmayne and Harris were watchful during the powerplay, unable to really get away from the Hurricanes bowling but once the field spread, both batters decided it was time to free the arms and accelerate.

After finishing the batting powerplay none down at going at roughly a run a ball, Harris turned the aggressor of the pair as she raced along to her half-century after a slow start, bringing it up with a big six over long-on.

As Harris continued to be the aggressor, Redmayne continued her stellar WBBL|07 form at the other end, notching a half-century of her own as the score continued to climb.

It took a misfield and a mid-pitch mixup for the Hurricanes to finally break the 140-run strong opening stand with Amy Smith gathering the ball on the second attempt at wide fine-leg and firing into skipper and keeper Rachel Priest who caught Harris short when she was looking for a second run. The first incision coming at the start of the 16th over.

The Heat continued to be aggressive, promoting big hitter Laura Kimmince up the order in hope of a quick cameo but fell for two off three balls as wickets started falling late in the innings.

Redmayne, who was again the rock of the Brisbane Heat innings fell in the final over for 64 off 50 balls, the Heat finishing 6/170 at the end of their 20 overs.

Speaking post-game, opener Grace Harris spoke on her own form and paid tribute to her opening partner, crediting the little “mojo we’ve got happening” that she hopes continues throughout the season.

“I’m hitting them okay at the moment,” she said with her trademark cheeky grin.

“I’m really thoroughly enjoying batting with Georgia Redmayne and I guess my form is probably a big credit to her really.

“We just gel really well out in the middle and she’s smoking them at the moment as well.

“Although I got a couple more runs on the board and caught up a little bit quicker, her starts are always outstanding in the powerplay…but we got a great little mojo happening and I’m hoping to continue it throughout the season”

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Grace Harris said post-match she felt that their bowlers were good enough to defend whatever total they were able to set despite the changing conditions as the night wore on.

“Obviously with the changing conditions change overnight, in these night games, the pitch starts sliding on a bit more which makes it a bit easier to bat on under lights,” Harris said.

The Heat bowlers made early breakthroughs in the powerplay removing openers Rachel Priest and Ruth Johnston to leave the Hurricanes battling at 3/50 in the 8th over. Then, Nicola Carey joined the in-form Mignon du Preez at the crease as they batted the game back into the balance with the Hurricanes remaining a chance to victory with 5 overs to spare.

Captain Jonassen took the ball and got the prized wicket of South African du Preez (73 off 48), courtesy of a fine edge through to Georgia Redmayne behind the stumps. Carey edged behind to Redmayne the following over off the bowling of Courtney Sippel which shut off any remote hope of a remarkable heist.

Nicola Hancock took three wickets in the final over to rubber-stamp the victory as the Heat secured the 14-run victory.

Harris noted and doffed her newly-minted golden cap to the fight of the Hurricanes but was happy with how the young Heat bowlers held their nerve in securing the win.

“Rachel Priest, I feel sorry for them because she’s probably not at 100% with a broken finger. It could have been an interesting chase for them with her really fine.

“Minnie du Preez, she’s just an outstanding player at the moment and she was always going to really come hard at us.

“They needed 10 an over, we just needed to hold our nerve and I was just happy that the girls did.”

The Heat are back at UTAS Stadium tomorrow where they will face the Melbourne Stars at 1:40 pm local time, bringing the Tasmanian leg of their WBBL campaign to a close.

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