Three games closed out the third season of the WBBL today, with all holding ramifications for which clubs would make it through to the semi-finals.
The Heat knew they would need to defeat the Thunder today and hope for other results to go their way to guarantee a pathway to the top four for the second season in a row.
With the Perth Scorchers defeating the Melbourne Renegades and the Sydney Sixers overcoming the Adelaide Strikers in today’s other games, the Heat’s only hope of reaching the finals would be to jump the Strikers on net-run-rate.
To do so they would need to run down the Thunder’s total of 117 in under 16.4 overs, a ratio they only became aware of during their run chase.
The loss of star opening batter Beth Mooney halted momentum for the Heat early before a blistering Grace Harris cameo of 33 from 30 balls kept hopes for the home team alive.
When Harris and Delissa Kimmince fell in quick time, Jess Jonasssen and Deandra Dotting looked to complete a final rescue act with a 41-run stand.
Jonassen’s 33 from 21 balls had the Heat dreaming of finals action, however the loss of her wicket with the score on 100 and 12 balls left to leapfrog the Scorchers proved the catalyst for a late-innings batting collapse. In the end the Heat lost their final wicket with the score on 115, falling two runs short of victory.
Earlier, Jemma Barsby took the remarkable figures of two overs, four wickets for two runs.
The Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers will now turn their attention to this week’s WBBL semi-finals.