Brown, Schutt's four-wicket hauls help Adelaide Strikers topple the table toppers

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Darcie Brown and Megan Schutt led the way as Adelaide Strikers toppled the table-toppers Brisbane Heat on Thursday (October 27). Heat captain Jess Jonassen's economical spell was not enough, as her team lost by 31 runs in the eighth season of the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL).

Jonassen won the toss and opted to bowl first at the Allen Border Field. The home side made the most of it with the early wicket of Deandra Dottin. Charli Knott took an easy catch at point to send Dottin back for four. Katie Mack and Laura Wolvaardt steadied the ship with a partnership of 64 runs. Jonassen broke the budding partnership with the wicket of Mack to leave the visitors 71 for two after 10 overs.

Pooja Vastrakar bowled Tahlia McGrath for a duck to earn her first wicket of the WBBL with a beautiful yorker. Wolvaardt (46) and Bridget Patterson (27) took Strikers past 100 before they lost four wickets for eight runs. Jonassen and Hancock took three wickets each as Strikers scored 140 for eight in the first innings.

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In reply, Schutt and Brown dismantled the Heat batting line-up with four wickets inside the powerplay. Brown knocked over England international Danielle Wyatt (0) and Georgia Redmayne (4), while Schutt took the wickets of Grace Harris (1) and Georgia Voll (1). Knott and Amelia Kerr tried to put some life in the chase with a few shots, but Brown provided a breakthrough with the wicket of the New Zealand international. No other batters, other than Jonassen, could make any impact as Brown and Schutt took eight wickets between them.

Heat were bowled out for 109 in the 17th over as Strikers registered a victory by 31 runs.

Brief Scores: Adelaide Strikers 140/8 in 20 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 46, Katie Mack 35; Jess Jonassen 3/17, Nicola Hancock 3/26) beat Brisbane Heat 109 all out in 16.4 overs (Charli Knott 29, Jess Jonassen 23; Megan Schutt 4/11, Darcie Brown 4/16) by 31 runs POTM: Darcie Brown