The WBBL Heat have retained the same 14-player squad for tomorrow’s key encounter with the resurgent Sydney Thunder, with the defending title holders showing their capabilities last night with a thrilling loss to competition leaders Melbourne Renegades at Great Barrier Reef Arena.
Former Heat player and current Indian international Smriti Mandhana equalled the highest individual score with 114 not out as the Thunder fell four runs short.
The Heat produced a comprehensive effort last Saturday to defeat the Sydney Sixers but then fell afoul of fellow finals contender Adelaide the next morning.
Brisbane currently sit in third spot but can still finish as high as first depending on other results and second if they win the games against the Thunder and then the Renegades on Saturday night.
Weber Women's Big Bash League
Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder
Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay
TOMORROW, 6.05pm Qld time
21. Jess Jonassen (c)
27. Anneke Bosch
44. Nicola Hancock
17. Grace Harris
14. Mikayla Hinkley
77. Ellie Johnston
4. Laura Kimmince
32. Nadine de Klerk
88. Charli Knott
16. Georgia Prestwidge
8. Georgia Redmayne
37. Courtney Sippel
19. Georgia Voll
24. Poonam Yadav
As well as chasing a Finals berth, the matches against the Sydney Thunder tomorrow and Melbourne Renegades on Saturday night also mark the First Nations Round in the Weber Women's Big Bash League.
The Heat successfully unveiled their Indigenous playing strip last weekend in the win over the Sydney Sixers.
Saturday also marks the inaugural staging of the Heat's 'Teal Heels' fund-raising event at Harrup Park Country Club to benefit the club's main charity partner, Ovarian Cancer Australia.
The "Teal Heels' charity event has been successfully staged in Brisbane on several occasions but this will be the first time it has been held in Mackay.
Brisbane Heat Weber Women’s Big Bash League Matches
Oct 17: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, Blundstone Arena, 1:40pm AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo LOST (S/O)
Oct 19: Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, Blundstone Arena, 4:50pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au WIN by 59 runs
Oct 23: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat, Invermay Park, 2:00pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au N/R
Oct 24: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, Invermay Park, 10:15am AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au WIN by 5 runs
Oct 26: Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, University of Tasmania Stadium, 4:50pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au WIN by 8 wickets
Oct 30: Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, University of Tasmania Stadium 7:30pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au WIN by 14 runs
Oct 31: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, University of Tasmania Stadium, 1:40pm AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo LOST by 8 wickets
Nov 6: Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, Karen Rolton Oval, 9.15am Qld time, 9:45am ACDT/10:15 AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au LOST by 15 runs
Nov 7: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Oval, 9.15am Qld time, 9:45am ACDT/10:15am AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo WON by 5 wickets
Nov 9: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat, Karen Rolton Oval, 1.35pm Qld time, 2:05pm ACDT/2:35pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au WIN by 8 wickets
Nov 13: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers, Great Barrier Reef Arena, 6:05pm AEST/7:05pm AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo WIN by 3 wickets
Nov 14: Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers, Great Barrier Reef Arena, 9:15am AEST/10:15am AEDT, Seven/Foxtel/Kayo LOST by 8 wickets
Nov 19: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder, Great Barrier Reef Arena, 6:05pm AEST/7:05pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au
Nov 20: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades, Great Barrier Reef Arena, 6:05pm AEST/7:05pm AEDT, Foxtel/Kayo/cricket.com.au
Finals series: November 24, 25 and 27, teams and venues TBC