Has any international player made such an impact in their first-ever Women’s Big Bash League match?
West Indian all-rounder Deandra Dottin proved herself as worthy marquee Brisbane Heat signing with a match-winning knock in the club’s first game of WBBL|02.
Facing a star-studded Sydney Sixers team on a Sunday afternoon at North Sydney Oval, the Heat were in the field first and had their backs against the wall early as Alyssa Healy (48 from 42) and Perry (42 from 42) had the hosts away to a flyer.
Dottin was in the action from the outset, claiming two wickets in her three over spell as the Sixers finished on 6-138 from their 20 overs.
Things looked ominous for the Heat early as two wickets fell in the first two overs to leave the visitors reeling at 2-3.
The equation still appeared tough as Dottin strode to the wicket at 3-33 in the eight over, 106 runs short of victory.
Dottin lost early in her innings before combining with Jess Jonassen for a match-rescuing 76-run stand.
As the last batter, the Heat’s chances of victory rested with Dottin.
Living up to her moniker as ‘the World Boss’, Dottin compiled one of the great innings of WBBL|02, carving out 60 runs from 44 balls to help the Heat get home with four balls to spare.
Caribbean flare had well and truly arrived in Brisbane.