Match 21 – Brisbane Heat Women vs Melbourne Stars Women at The Gabba, Brisbane

Match 21 – Brisbane Heat Women vs Melbourne Stars Women at The Gabba, BrisbanePlaying XI of Brisbane Heat – Beth Mooney (wk)Grace HarrisSammy-Jo JohnsonKirby Short (c)Jess JonassenSune LuusDelissa KimminceLaura WolvaardtLaura HarrisJemma BarsbyHaidee Birkett

Playing XI of Melbourne Stars – Lizelle Lee (wk)Angela ReakesKatie MackMignon du PreezGeorgia ElwissAnnabel SutherlandAlana KingNicola HancockErin OsborneKristen Beams (c)Holly Ferling

Toss – Won by Melbourne Stars Women and elected to bat first

1st Innings Summary – Melbourne Stars made a slow, rather very slow start as they made only 24 runs in first six overs (mandatory batting powerplay). Erin Osborne and Mignon du Preez got quick starts but could not convert them because both the batters became victims of Sammy-Jo Johnson. As the batters were unable to build up a momentum on one side; the bowlers of Brisbane Heat were able to create a lot of pressure on the batting side. Jess Jonassen bowled beautifully, not allowing batters to open up their arms and play big shots as she conceded just 17 runs and took three wickets in her four overs’ spell.

2nd Innings Summary – Wicketkeeper batter Beth Mooney and Grace Harris opened for Brisbane Heat. The batters smashed 77 runs in first six overs as Grace Harris took the driver’s seat while Beth Mooney was safely holding the non-striker’s end. Harris exploited the bowlers like no one else as she struck 24 runs in one over of Angela Reakes. There was less running between the wickets as 96 runs were made only in boundaries. As the batters were hitting shots all around the ground, the bowling side seemed to be clueless on how to stop them. And the inevitable happened as Brisbane Heat chased down the target in just 10.5 overs without losing even single wicket.

Player of the matchGrace Harris for her mind blowing explosive unbeaten winning knock of 101 runs including thirteen 4s and six 6s. Harris’s century is the fastest in the WBBL history.

Brief scorecard:

Melbourne Stars Women – 132/7 (20 overs)

Brisbane Heat Women – 138/0 (10.5 overs)

Result – Brisbane Heat Women won by 10 wickets

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