Laura Kimmince mayhem takes Brisbane Heat over the line against Perth Scorchers
When Laura Kimmince smashed a 17-ball 41 against Adelaide Strikers last week, Tahlia McGrath said that the wicket was not as easy as Kimmince made it look. Yet again, the Brisbane Heat batter’s power-hitting prowess was on display as she handed a four-wicket win for them against the Perth Scorchers on Wednesday (November 18).
Defending a below-par total, Sarah Glenn started the Heat innings with an eventful over. She started with a wide down the leg-side that went for a boundary and followed it up with the wickets off Grace Harris and Jessica Jonassen in the next three deliveries. She trapped Harris on the pads and Jonassen was stumped down the leg side by Beth Mooney.
Taneal Peschel, in the next over, removed Georgia Voll, who got out trying to drive her on the raise over mid-off. With their star batters back in the hut, the Heat were in deep trouble at 12/3 after two overs. Maddy Green and Georgia Redmayne tried to reconstruct the innings without letting the required run-rate get ahead of them.
They cut loose after the powerplay as Redmayne hit Jemma Barsby for a four and six off consecutive deliveries, and Green went after Heather Graham for back-to-back boundaries. The duo tried to keep the scoreboard moving with quick singles and occasional boundaries.
After 12 overs, the Heat were trying to claw their way back into the chase with 71/3. Brought back into the attack to break the partnership, Glenn did not disappoint. She got rid of Green for a run-a-ball 35 and Redmayne fell soon after to Heather Graham for 31 from 36 balls.
Standing-in for Sophie Devine, Mooney’s tactical nuance was on display with her field placements and rotation of bowlers. Mooney standing up to the stumps played a crucial role in the tight lines and lengths of the Scorchers’ pacers. With 51 runs required in 34 balls, Kimmince and Amelia Kerr took charge of the chase.
Kimmince slog-swept Graham and Samantha Betts for sixes, and Kerr scooped Peschel over fine-leg for a boundary. When Glenn came back for her last over, Kimmince greeted her with a reverse-sweep six over point and followed it with an orthodox sweep for a boundary. Although Glenn dismissed Kerr in her last delivery, Kimmince was going strong at the other end.
With 15 required in the last two overs, Kimmince pulled the first two deliveries of Graham in the penultimate over to the mid-wicket boundary. She single-handedly took the game away from the Scorchers with an unbeaten 17-ball 40 as the defending champions chased the target with four balls to spare. Glenn was the best bowler for the Scorchers as she picked up four wickets for 31 runs in her four overs.
Earlier, asked to bat first, the Scorchers started well with Chloe Piparo and Mooney holding up in the absence of Devine. The duo added 35 runs in 27 balls before Piparo got out for an 11-ball 17 as she mistimed Nicola Hancock trying to hit her through the line and was caught by Delissa Kimmince at covers.
Making a comeback after an injury break, Amy Jones looked out of touch and did not last long. She gave a simple return catch to the Heat captain Jonassen for four runs from eight balls. Graham fell shortly without making an impact.
Mooney, at the other end, was trying to hold the innings together despite the downfall. She took the onus on herself to be the aggressor as the stand-in skipper and smashed Courtney Sippel for back-to-back boundaries initially before resorting to strike rotation when wickets fell in quick succession.
The prolific WBBL run-scorer fell short of her half-century by one run, thanks to a brilliant diving catch by Laura. Harris dismissed Nicole Bolton and Jemma Barsby in consecutive overs to leave the Scorchers reeling at 114/6 after 18 overs. Some smart batting from Mathilda Carmichael in the death overs, including a couple of sixes in the penultimate over, helped the Scorchers get to 137/8 by the end of 20 overs.
Jonassen and Harris were the picks of the bowlers as they picked up two wickets each, and Amelia Kerr was the most economical one giving away just 15 runs in her overs.
Brief Scores: Perth Scorchers 137/8 in 20 overs (Beth Mooney 49; Jessica Jonassen 2/19) lost to Brisbane Heat 139/6 in 19.2 overs (Laura Kimmince 40*; Sarah Glenn 4/31) by four wickets.