A Brisbane Heat wins kept alive their hopes of making the top four positions at the end of the group stages of the WBBL. There are now three sides that could potentially finish in the coveted fourth spot.
With the Melbourne Renegades beating the Perth Scorchers things are certainly heating up.
The Heat had a home advantage playing at the Gabba and they went about winning by six wickets with 12 balls to spare.
It won’t be easy for the Heat as will need to beat the Sydney Thunder for the second time in two days as the Thunder look to secure top spot.
Much of the Thunder innings relied on scores of 43 from 30 balls from Rachael Haynes and a 37 ball 41 from Alex Blackwell. The fact that neither could go on and score over fifty and carry on to push their score on past 170 was, in the end, their downfall.
It didn’t start well as Rachel Priest was caught behind by Beth Mooney off the bowling of Sammy-Jo Johnson.
Haynes was going at a good rate until she hit a Delissa Kimmince delivery straight to deep mid-wicket when what the Thunder had needed from their captain was for Haynes to carry on and bat for the rest of the innings.
There was no doubting the rate at which they were scoring as the score was 63 for 1 inside the first eight overs.
The Heat used seven bowlers as they rotated the bowling and the Thunder couldn’t find a batter who would score meaningful innings and When Blackwell was out for 41 they could have fallen away.
Just when the Thunder looked to be faltering It took an innings of 24 from 17 balls by Stafanie Taylor that helped them to 145 for 5.
It never looked enough and when Beth Mooney scored 5 fours from her 16 balls the Heat never looked like losing. Mooney, however, could only make 27 before she mistimed a shot straight to Bates at mid-off.
Along with Grace Harris, Kimmince put on 83 for the third wicket before Harris was caught at mid-wicket playing a cross-bat shot bring an end to an innings of 57.
The innings from Harris came from 45 balls and included 8 fours and 1 six.
By then it was too late for the Thunder who even though they saw off Kimmince for 42 bowled by Samantha Bates, the Heat only need one to win which was scored with a wide.
Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder 145 for 5 (Haynes 43, Barsby 2 for 32)
Brisbane Heat 146 for 4 (Harris 57, Bates 2 for 23)