Heat juggernaut rolls on as Brisbane seal semi spot | Brisbane Heat - BBL
Cricket network logo



Heat juggernaut rolls on as Brisbane seal semi spot

22 November 2019

Defending champions Brisbane Heat seal their spot in the WBBL|05 semi-finals with a seventh-straight win.

Brisbane Heat have flexed their depth to seal a seven-run win over the Hurricanes in Hobart, cementing their place in the Rebel WBBL semi-finals.

Batting first, the Heat had been on the back foot at 4-58 after a rare failure from opener Beth Mooney, but their long batting line-up – led by the explosive Grace Harris – carried them to an imposing 9-157.

Brisbane Heat have flexed their depth to seal a seven-run win over the Hurricanes in Hobart, cementing their place in the Rebel WBBL semi-finals.

Batting first, the Heat had been on the back foot at 4-58 after a rare failure from opener Beth Mooney, but their long batting line-up – led by the explosive Grace Harris – carried them to an imposing 9-157.

They return home to host the Renegades at Allan Border Field on Tuesday, before they meet the bottom-of-the-table Stars, putting them in prime position to host the Finals Weekend.

Sent in on a greenish wicket, WBBL|05 leading run scorer Mooney (4) was dismissed for single figures for the second time in as many innings, caught off the bowling of Belinda Vakarewa whose knack of picking up big wickets in the power play continued.

Big-hitting Sammy-Jo Johnson (0), frustrated after failing to get off the mark from the first five deliveries she faced, swung hard at a Tayla Vlaeminck delivery only to gift Fazackerley a simple catch off a top edge.

Jess Jonassen joined Maddy Green to steady the Heat, with the in-form allrounder hitting three consecutive boundaries off the spin of Knight.

But their 47-run stand was broken when leg-spinner Maisy Gibson had Green stumped for a run-a-ball 24 before she struck again two balls later when Jonassen holed out for a 20-ball 29, leaving the Heat 4-58.

The Harris sister act ensured any damage to the Heat run rate was short-lived, Laura (18 off 12) the early aggressor before Grace kicked off, making the most of some wayward bowling from the Hurricanes to find the boundary five times and clear it twice on her way to a 27-ball 43, while the canny batting of Kerr (21 off 16) also added key runs as the Heat finished on 9-157.

She took 20 runs from in-form spinner Jonassen’s first over, including two maximums, racing to 35 from 20 as the Hurricanes reached 0-52 at the end of the power play.

But all it took was one Kerr delivery to turn the chase on its head, with Fazackerley edging behind and Beth Mooney hanging on to a juggling catch, sending the opener on her way for a 21-ball 35.

Things went from bad to worse four balls later when a brilliant diving save and rocket throw from Georgia Prestwidge had English star Heather Knight caught short, run out for one.

Kerr’s second collected the huge scalp of Nicola Carey (4) as she chased a wide delivery, before Mooney’s lightning reflexes behind the stumps came to the fore again when she took a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Hurricanes captain Corinne Hall (16).

Big-hitting Tryon came to the crease in the 16th over with the Hurricanes needing 47 from 29 and reignited hopes when she plundered three boundaries from Jonassen in the penultimate over, but there was simply too much to do, with an excellent death over from Kimmince seeing the South African bowled on 21 and sealing victory.

Kerr led the way with the ball, taking 2-16 from her four overs, while Johnson (1-25) also impressed.