Wicket-keeper Georgia Redmayne, international leg-spinner Amelia Kerr and impressive young bat Georgia Voll were among the leading contributors as the Heat fired up to beat the Thunder and set themselves on track to repeat the dose on the weekend against the Adelaide Strikers.
Several players will have the chance to enjoy a beach outing today as part of their recovery and with next week featuring a four game bloc in just five days, momentum will be crucial for Brisbane if they are to challenge for a Finals berth for the third year in a row.
Kerr’s match-defining spell of 4-20 punched a hole through the Thunder batting as they were restricted to 9-111.
Redmayne then peeled off her second half century of the tournament with a stylish 59 from 45 deliveries to guide the Heat home with 21 balls to spare.
Voll, 17, built further on her eye-catching 21 off 15 balls in the loss to the Melbourne Stars last weekend to produce a clean-hitting 31 not out from 31 balls as she adeptly managed the run-case
It was a much-needed reversal in form from the two-time reigning champions, who had not posted a win since their first-up win over the Perth Scorchers on the tournament’s opening day.
The Thunder tried to get the Heat off-balance from the outset when former Brisbane allrounder Sammy-Jo Johnson was promoted to open alongside Tammy Beaumont but the move backfired when she was trapped lbw by Georgia Prestwidge for two.
In-form England star Heather Knight raced to 25 from 21 deliveries before she became Kerr’s first victim, given out lbw, and Thunder captain Rachael Haynes (1) departed in identical fashion two overs later.
Kerr wrapped up a brilliant spell with the wickets of Phoebe Litchfield, stumped for nine, and Tahlia Wilson for 11.
Jess Jonassen’s economical bowling was rewarded with the scalp of Rachel Trenaman, who added handy runs with her 27, while rising pace bowler Courtney Sippel (2-17) claimed two late wickets to restrict the Thunder to 9-111.
Mackay product Charli Knott became the latest WBBL Heat debutant, with the 17-year-old allrounder awarded her cap by Grace Harris prior to the game.