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The Heat Is Back

07 November 2021

The Brisbane Heat have withstood a late innings wobble to rebound from two losses in a row to overcome the defending WBBL champions Sydney Thunder today in Adelaide.

The Heat were cruising to victory before losing two wickets in as many balls with just two runs needed to win.

But the victory came up with 1.4 overs to spare, finishing 5-144 to maintain second spot and close the gap on first-placed Melbourne Renegades to just two points.

After seeing Grace Harris depart cheaply, Redmayne was patient before she took the Thunder attack on after the 10 over mark, producing her sixth career half century and putting her team within sight of a timely win before she fell in the 16th over.

She finished with 57 from 45 balls.

Laura Kimmince then stepped up the chase, spanking the first two balls she faced from former teammate Sammy Jo Johnson for a four and a huge six to take Brisbane to the brink of the win.

Mikayla Hinkley produced another composed chase, dispatching the loose ball and working well with Redmaye and Kimmince to finish with 33 from 24 balls.

Indian star Poonam Yadav stepped up after missing yesterday’s match due to illness and did so in style with her wrist-spin tipping the balance to the Heat after the Thunder won the bat flip and opted to bat.

The pint-sized spinner was the Heat’s trump against the defending champions as she was on a hat-trick in her first over on the way to figures of 3-17.

Included in her haul were the scalps of Indian teammate Smriti Mandhana and innings top-scorer Phoebe Litchfield (40).

Heat quick Nicola Hancock bounced back from an expensive outing yesterday to bowl superbly on the way to figures of 0-21 from four overs,

Brisbane produced an improved effort in the field after an uncharacteristically slipshod effort in yesterday’s high-scoring loss to the Melbourne Renegades at Karen Rolton Oval.

The Heat now have a day to recover and prepare for Tuesday’s important clash against the Sydney Sixers at the batter-friendly Karen Rolton Oval.