The Hobart Hurricanes poor form continued as Beth Mooney’s great form to see the Brisbane Heat home to a comfortable victory. The heat put on an all-around performance as their bowlers kept things tight that allowed them to chase a modest target of 112. The heat chased in down with 32 balls to spare, having lost only two wickets.
This season the Hurricanes top order has not fired, which is evident in the highest individual score is 39 by Hayley Matthews. The West Indian all-rounder has found some inventive ways to get out in this season. She did that again today at the Blundstone Arena, Hobart.
Matthews was looking good and was starting to build a partnership with Georgia Redmayne, that they put on 41 for the second wicket was the highest partnership for any wicket for the Hurricanes this season is systematic of the season they are having.
They needed Matthews to bat deep in the innings knowing that Matthews can hit the big shots, it was against the ambidextrous Jemma Barsby that she hit straight to Holly Ferling at the point.
The Heat kept rotating their bowling and the Hurricanes found it difficult to get the bowlers away. Jess Jonassen the spinner was one of the key players in keeping the runs down bowling in the powerplay she bowled two overs that only went for three runs while picking up the wicket of the opener Stefanie Daffara.
If there was one positive for the Hurricanes, it would be that they lost their fewest number of wickets in an innings this season. What they will need is for one of those batters to go on and score big.
It was never in truth enough runs to contain Beth Mooney, who had scored 81 and 86 not out in her previous innings was not going to let that form dip. Boundaries came early as it took the Hurricanes to settle into a rhythm, as she put on 41 for the first wicket with her captain Kirby Short.
It was the quality of Mooney’s hitting that saw the end of Short; Mooney hit Nicola Hancock straight and the bowler just got a hand to it and the ball cannoned into the middle stump with Short out of her ground.
Sometimes you don’t want to take a wicket when you see the next player due in and when that player is Deandra Dottin the Hurricanes might have panicked. Dottin like her West Indies teammate Matthews did for the Hurricanes hade a rush of blood to the head and played an unnecessary shot in the context of the game.
The Heat though now only needed 32 runs with just under ten overs to go. Mooney soon reached her fifty from 34 balls and contained seven fours. A third consecutive fifty after starting the tournament somewhat out of sorts.
The Heat needed a big win to help their net run-rate as they looked to join a select group of sides on eight points, they managed to do just that and will be hoping that this will help them secure one of those four semi-final spots.
It is hard to see where the Hurricanes go from here. They have lost all seven of their games and seem to be lacking a batter who can power them to a score that their bowlers can defend.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow and at the moment there only looks like one winner.
Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes 111 for 4 (Matthews 34, Jonassen 2 for 17)
Brisbane Heat 114 for 2 (Mooney 62*, Krishnamurthy 1 for 18)