Brisbane’s four-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers at Hurstville Oval this morning ensured they consolidated second spot on the ladder, as the Heat knuckled down and fought back from a shattering start to their run chase.
The Heat bowlers again held their nerve after a characteristically quick start from the Scorchers, led by ex-Brisbane bat Beth Mooney, restricting the team from the west to 8-137.
The spin trio of Jess Jonassen (2-19), Amelia Kerr (1-15) and Grace Harris (2-19) all combined to peg back the Scorchers’ batting efforts.
Brisbane lost usual batting trumps Harris and captain Jonassen in the opening over by English spinner Sarah Glenn to be reeling at 2-6.
But opener Georgia Redmayne and experienced NZ international Maddy Green consolidated after Georgia Voll (7) took on the Perth attack to kick-start the chase in the Power Play.
Voll’s dismissal in the second over had Brisbane staggering at 3-12 before Redmayne and Green combined to re-launch the chase.
Scoring steadily and keeping the asking run-rate at around eight runs an over, the pair batted through the middle orders for a 66-run stand and accelerated as they arrowed in on the target.
Green fell for a measured 34 from 35 balls in the 13th over, with her dismissal bringing the in-form Laura Kimmince to the crease. Fresh from a superb one-handed catch in the field to remove Mooney and coming off some unbeaten runs this week, she was ready for the challenge.
Not even the loss of Redmayne (31 off 36) in the 15th over slowed Kimmince’s acceleration, belting a six off the last ball of that over.
Amelia Kerr (10) did her bit, with Kimmince pounding three sixes and four fours on the way to 40 not out from 17 balls.
Her third shot onto the Hurstville Oval cycling track was a switch-hit over point, as she again excelled with her power and placement to pepper the boundaries on both sides of the wicket.
Rookie allrounder Charli Knott was there to ice the victory in the final over, sweeping off-spinner Nicole Bolton to a vacant fine leg for the winning boundary with four balls to spare.
Kimmince has been on fire in the past few games, monstering the opposition to hit106 runs in her past three innings at a strike-rate of 236.
The Heat now have two days to recover, including a rare beach outing, and fine-tune their preparations ahead of vital clashes on the weekend.
Brisbane play their final two regular season games on Saturday and Sunday against the ladder-leading Melbourne Stars and Renegades respectively.