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Heat Go Down in Highest Scoring Game

06 November 2021

The batter friendly Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide has claimed another victim with the WBBL Brisbane Heat coming off second-best in a high-scoring run fest today against the competition-leading Melbourne Renegades.

The two teams combined for 399 runs to make it the highest scoring WBBL match in history, just eclipsing the 398 runs scored in a clash between the Stars and Sixers in 2017.

The Heat buckled, but didn’t break, in the face of a Renegades onslaught led by Indian stars Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimiah Rodrigues as they posted a mighty 4-207.

Brisbane though didn’t give up and took their chase to the final over to score 192.

Kaur cleared the boundary six times in her innings as she hit 65 from 32 balls to lead a healthy batting effort that also featured half centuries to Rodrigues (52 from 31 balls) and Eve Jones (62 from 46 balls).

The Heat were uncharacteristically untidy in the field, an area that coach Ashley Noffke said would need to be adjusted for tomorrow’s key game against the Sydney Thunder at the Adelaide Oval.

“A bit too much width with the ball and we needed to take our chances in the field. But the batting effort to take the chase so deep was a good example of how the team can perform under pressure,’’ he said.

Laura Kimmince and Georgia Voll did good work in the chase. The teenage Voll hit 40 off 28 balls in a cool-headed knock while Kimmince crashed three sixes in her 42 off 21 balls before she was run out after not grounding her bat after completing a second run.

The best efforts of Charli Knott (15 off 10), Nadine de Klerk (15 off 6) and Nicola Hancock (21 off 9) were not enough, as the Heat were bowled out for 192 on the final ball of the innings.

In all, there were 11 sixes dispatched over the boundary rope as Karen Rolton Oval maintained its reputation as a bowlers’ graveyard.

Bowlers found it hard to penetrate, with the Heat using seven bowlers and having four individual wicket-takers.

The Heat remain in second spot, although the Renegades have opened a four-point gap on them.

Tomorrow’s clash against the Thunder shapes as a crucial one for Brisbane as they look to resume their winning run.