This game at the Blundstone Arena was always going to define the season of both the teams competing. The Hobart Hurricanes who have been one of the most consistent sides have not been close to their best losing all their games so far. For the Brisbane Heat, a win would move them into the semi-final places. It was the Heat who would eventually win by 42 runs.
The Hurricanes won the toss and put their opposition into bat. The Heat had been bowled out for 66 earlier in the competition and wanted to put some pressure on the batting side.
Beth Mooney who had not been dismissed in her last three innings was again timing the ball well, the Hurricanes were full of energy early on in the field and it got them the prized wicket.
Mooney on seven looked to have timed a shot to deep mid-wicket well but hadn’t counted on Veda Krishnamurthy diving full stretch to take the catch low in front of her.
It could be argued that the Heat had relied on too much during their winning streak. It would be the captain that would put the runs on the board.
Deandra Dottin looked to be making a good start but was out when Hayley Matthews managed to find the leading edge of her West Indian international teammate’s bat and took the catch as the ball looped back to her.
With Delissa Kimmince, Short helped the Heat to a third-wicket partnership of 99 to put the Heat in control.
It was then that Kirby Short looked to bat out the innings and looked on course to maybe even get to a hundred. Short got to her fifty from 41 balls and with the innings running out was able to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Both Short and Kimmince kept pilling on the runs before Short finally miss-timed one in the eighteenth over for 79. Kimmince went in the last over, looking to get the Heat up to a total over 165 and they managed that when Jess Jonassen hit the last ball for six.
Emma Thompson was an encouraging sight for the Hurricanes who took 2 for 26. It would take a lot for the Hurricanes to chase down a total of 168 for 4.
Sometimes a big total frees some players up to just go and try and hit everything, it can be just what a player needs to find the middle of the bat and some form.
It has something that has been sadly lacking for the Hurricanes this season and their woes with the bat would continue as their last six wickets fell for 22 runs.
The Hurricanes had been managing to keep up with the Heat in terms of where they were at each stage of the innings and it was a testament to the Heat that they scored so many at the back of the innings that it was to prove too much for their opposition to maintain over twenty overs.
Again Hayley Matthews looked to be hitting the ball well before playing a shot to Sammy-Jo Johnson a fraction too early and giving Short at mid-off the catch having only scored eight.
Holly Ferling was giving Stephanie Daffara nothing to hit and the batter looking to hit through mid-wicket spooned it to Jonassen at backward-point who took it at the second opportunity.
Georgia Redmayne and Krishnamurthy looked to be dragging the Hurricanes into the game as they put on a partnership of 44 for the third wicket, only for Redmayne to be run out.
Krishnamurthy has had a disappointing start to the WBBL so far but today she started to show just what a good batter she is, her 33 came from 20 balls. When Krishnamurthy was bowled by Haidee Birkett it ended any chance that the Hurricanes had of winning.
It saw a flurry of wickets at the run-rate got too unmanageable proportions. There were some encouraging signs that there is a turn in form around the corner.
The Heat will be pleased that they have turned around a slow start to finally showing that they have a well-balanced side who can compete and maybe even find a place in the top four. What is for certain it makes for an exciting second half of the group stage.
Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat 168 for 4 (Short 79, Thompson 2 for 26)
Hobart Hurricanes 126 all out (Krishnamurthy 33, Birkett 2 for 18)