Jess Jonassen in action. ©ICC

An all round performance by Brisbane Heat led by Jess Jonassen with 2 wickets and an unbeaten 28 help them beat Perth Scorchers by 7 wickets.

Having lost the toss, Lanning-less Scorchers batted first and an exceptional bowling start by Johnson and Jonassen restricted them to 2 in 2 overs. After a slow start, Scorchers got their first boundary with a bye through the keeper. Two quick wickets for the Heat as Bolton joined last games’ half centurion Jones in the dugout as the scorecard read 22/2 at the end of the powerplay. After some struggle, Graham lost her wicket to Jonassen for 5 of 11 balls. Villani started her innings very slow scoring just 12 off 30 balls before hitting 21 in the next 14. A very patient and unusual Villani innings came to an end as Short bagged a diving catch as Villani tried to reverse sweep on 45 (55).

Scorchers could only score 103/8 with no other batter providing able support to their stand-in skipper. It looked like an easy target for Heat and they made sure to strike very early.

Grace Harris who opened the innings with Beth Mooney smashes 3 fours in 4 balls before getting caught on the 5th at covers. Heat continued with their shots even after Cross picking up the wickets of Harris followed by Johnson. Brisbane Heat made 53/2 in the powerplay and stood in a comfortable position to win. Kirby Short who joined Beth Mooney hit 5 boundaries in her innings of 27 making sure her side was on the road to victory.

After losing Short, Jonassen partnered with Mooney for an unbeaten 36 runs partnership hitting 28 of those with 6 fours to her credit finishing the innings with the last of those six straight to the fence.

Brisbane Heat registered a comfortable victory by 7 wickets with 43 balls to spare. They face Thunder tomorrow.