Erin Burns played crucial innings of 54 not out to help her side the Sydney Sixers to an 18 run win and a second victory over the Brisbane Heat in as many days. It takes the Sixers equal with the Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers at the top of the standings.
The Heat would have felt they were in with a chance when Grace Harris trapped Alyssa Healy first ball. The Sixers though have batting depth and Ashleigh Gardner looked like she was going to produce an innings that she always threatens. She dispatched Deandra Dottin’s first ball for six as the Heat looked to repeat her dismissal from the day before, the Huntsville Oval boundary was more to the batters liking than the SCG was yesterday.
Ellyse Perry was kept off strike during the powerplay and only face seven balls. It was a tactic that was working for the Heat as half of the balls in the powerplay were dot balls.
The introduction of Holly Ferling was a crucial one as Perry looking to get things moving and looking to hit through leg was instead trapped lbw. 11 runs came from the over.
It was Burns who held the innings together as wickets fell at the other end. Delissa Kimmince used changes of pace to good effect as saw off Sara McGlashan and then Dane van Niekerk who both tried to sweep slower balls.
Burns first WBBL fifty came from just 35 balls and included three sixes, as the Heat either started or ended overs with loose balls.
The Sixers finished on 144 for 7 which looked a decent score considering the slow outfield.
The Heat didn’t get off to the start that they were hoping for. Beth Mooney who had scored fifty yesterday was out to the fourth ball today. Playing a shot that had got her off the mark the day before was caught by Burns who running off the boundary dove forward to hold on to a great catch.
While Dottin scored four fours in the powerplay she also faced too many dot balls that were taking the run rate out of reach.
Kimmince and Jess Jonassen put on a partnership of 58 for the fourth wicket from 40 balls. It gave the Heat a chance. They still needed 48 runs to win 28 balls Jonassen was in the type of mood to see the Sixers at least get close.
Her 55 not out came from 38 balls included 2 fours and three sixes. The Sixers bowling was too disciplined and with Kapp to bowl the last over with 26 runs still needed she saw it out comfortably.
It is a defeat that will hurt the Heat as sides below them now have games in hand. With Kapp and van Niekerk going back to South Africa before the finals, it was a win that consolidates their place in the top four.
Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers
Sydney Sixers 144 for 7 (Burns 54*, Kimmince 3 for 23)
Brisbane Heat 126 for 4 (Jonassen 55*, Smith 1 for 13)