The Heat’s sixth victory on the trot again demonstrated their composure and ability to hang in the contest against their opposition before counter-attacking.
Second-placed Brisbane take on the Melbourne Renegades tomorrow with a spot waiting in next week’s semi-finals as the competition reaches a crescendo with half a dozen teams still in contention.
Brisbane’s under-rated attack again did the job, taking key wickets and more importantly, never letting the run-rate balloon to alarming levels.
Grace Harris picked up 2-8 from two overs while Amelia Kerr (1-23 from four overs) and Nicola Hancock (1-30) were reliable once more and Charli Knott snapped up the key wicket of set batter Mignon du Preez (51).
After restricting the Stars to 5-151, the Heat followed a familiar pathway to victory, which again came courtesy of a boundary-laced knock from Laura Kimmince.
Again, the batting efforts were shared, with key contributions from captain Jess Jonassen (35 off 19), Georgia Redmayne (37 from 32) and Georgia Voll (34 from 28).
Jonassen produced her best knock of the season, hitting seven boundaries.
Voll and opener Redmayne put on 44 for the third wicket, the pair bringing the required run rate down to a run a ball before Redmayne was brilliantly run out by Katherine Brunt, who collected a shot off her own bowling and pulled off a direct hit.
Voll, 17, hit four fours and a six in another important contribution.
Kimmince, hero of the Heat’s recent run of success, smacked an enormous six from the final ball of the 18th over to leave 10 needed from the last two overs, finishing the chase with four balls to spare, smacking two boundaries in a row off Annabel Sutherland.
Kimmince finished with 19no off five balls and her second player of the match award in as many games.
Tomorrow’s clash with the Renegades is also at Drummoyne Oval and starts at 12.45pm Qld time.