The Brisbane Heat travel to Sydney to face the Sixers in the decider for WBBL|04.
Road to the Final
Two-time champions, the Sixers were once again the WBBL’s best performed team during the WBBL regular season after finishing on top of the table with 10 wins from their 14 games.
They reached their fourth successive final in dramatic fashion after a final ball runout against the Melbourne Renegades sent their semi-final into a super over before Ellyse Perry smashed them to victory.
The Heat’s path to the final was equally nerve wracking. A run of good form in the back-end of the year saw the Heat finish third on the ladder before triumphing in a heart-stopping semi-final against the Sydney Thunder.
Needing four to win off the final ball, Nicola Carey looked to have sent the Thunder through to the final after she appeared to have smashed a Jess Jonassen ball over the square leg boundary. However Haidee Birkett plucked the ball out of the air on the rope to send the Heat to the decider.
Key Match Ups
Delissa Kimmince vs Ellyse Perry
Perry has reaffirmed her status as a superstar of the sport with a monumental 744 runs at an average of 93 to lead the run-scorers list for the WBBL. Her Australian and World Cup winning teammate Kimmince has been outstanding with the ball for the Heat, sitting second on the competition’s wicket-takers list with 20. It’s clear Perry will be a key wicket for the Heat, and Kimmince could be the strike weapon to take it.
Beth Mooney vs Alyssa Healy
Both keepers, both openers, both Australian players and both extremely important players to their respective team’s success. Their WBBL|04 statistics are almost identical with Mooney having scored 421 runs and taken 15 dismissals compared to Healy’s 427 runs and 17 dismissals.
Grace Harris vs Marizanne Kapp
When she gets going, Grace Harris is an absolute joy to watch. Her strike-rate of 150 is the best for the competition, while Kapp has proven herself to be one of the Sixers strike weapons with the ball. The Sixers will view Harris as a key wicket, while Grace will likely to have fours and sixes on her mind from ball one.
Watch Out For
Sammy-Jo Johnson has had a breakout season and holds one of the keys to the Heat’s championship credentials after taking 19 wickets and hitting 256 runs.
The Final Word
“The opportunity we have is generally exciting. They’re a quality outfit and there’s a reason they are in their third final in a row. But we know our best is good enough to beat them.
“In big games, all bets are off. It’s all about who shows up on the day.”
Brisbane Heat captain Kirby Short