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Final Over Heartbreak

19 November 2021

Sammy-Jo Johnson’s half century and a solid team effort with the ball was enough for the Sydney Thunder to take home the chocolates after home team Brisbane Heat struggled to back up with the bat.

The Sydney Thunder were off to a flyer keeping the run-rate just shy of 10 an over, all thanks to healthy contributions from their top-order Smriti Mandhana, Sammy-Jo Johnson and Phoebe Litchfield.

Brisbane Heat seamer Courtney Sippel threw a rocket in the 13th from deep cover to remove former Heater, Johnson for 52 off 36.

Wickets were a plenty shortly thereafter, Jess Jonassen (1-38) taking her first in the over to remove big-hitter Phoebe Litchfield (24). Grace Harris continued with her safe hands in the deep, removing Issy Wong for a single.

However the Heat struggled against the late form from the Thunders’ lower-order batters. A handy cameo partnership between Hannah Darlington (12*) and Deepti Sharma (24*) helped the Thunder finish on a fine 162 runs.

The Heats’ Georgia Redmayne and Grace Harris retained their strong opening duo status at the crease, striking a combined 99 runs featuring 12 boundaries and one maximum.

Both openers registered half-centuries, Redmayne (54 off 52) and Harris (50 off 34) however both were dismissed by good catches.

Mikayla Hinkley and Jess Jonassen looked confident at the crease together posting a combined 27 runs, both punching sixes into a packed-out Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay.

The Heat bowlers were left at the crease with a big job at hand, failing to meet the solid run chase posted by the Thunder.

The Heat will have the chance to rewrite the leaderboard tomorrow at 6.05pm AEST, where they will face Sophie Molineux’s top-ranked Melbourne Renegades.

Both teams are fighting for the home ground semi-final match advantage, set to be played over 24-25 November before the final on 27 November.