The Brisbane Heat went into their final regular season game of WBBL|02 with fate in their own hands.
Defeat the Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba and they were through to the semi-finals. Lose and it was season over. What unfolded was as dramatic a match you will see.
Batting first, the Heat amassed 127 thanks largely to Deandra Dottin’s 51 runs from 41 balls.
The total never got away from the Strikers who were playing for pride, and the game came down to the final over. Needing six to win, Adelaide claimed four runs from the first four balls before Dottin’s fine game continued as she picked up a wicket with the penultimate ball of the game.
With three needed to win, the Strikers picked up two from the final delivery to leave scores level after 20 overs.
With the Heat bowling first in the Super Over, Dottin again stepped up to the plate, taking two wickets and conceding only four runs to leave the Heat chasing five to keep their season alive.
Beth Mooney crunched a four off the second ball to see the Heat home, with Dottin deserving her place on the pitch at the non-striker's end to enjoy the celebrations.
The game rightfully belonged to Dottin, whose story was made all-the-more remarkable considering she was playing in a face mask having suffered a severe fracture while fielding earlier in the tournament.
The Heat would go on to lose to Perth in the semi-final, however Dottin’s deeds in getting the team there are not likely to be forgotten.