WBBL 2023: Brisbane Heat Defend Beat Melbourne Stars Comfortably; Charli Knott Shines

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Brisbane Heat won comfortably. (Image: Getty)

A good game took place between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Star in the WBBL 2023, which the Heats defended in the second innings. Some dire efforts from Melbourne Stars, especially Alice Capsey and Kim Garth but no major success as they lost the game by merely 13 runs.

The Brisbane Heats showed a complete package of bowling and batting today. They excelled in both the inning, bowling, batting and fielding to outshine the Melbourne Stars. While Georgia Voll shined with the bat in hand, Charli Knott, Jess Jonassen and Sarah Glenn all shined with the ball in hand as they all picked 2 wickets each.

Melbourne Stars won the toss and elected to field, which could’ve been a sceptical discussion, given their latter failure in the run chase. Brisbane Heat at their home ground, opened bat with Grace Harris and Ellie Johnston batting. The two set the tone for the game as they both scored some levelling runs for the side.

Johnston was lost early in 21 deliveries as she was caught by Rhys McKenna on Milly Illingworth’s delivery. Johnstons secured 28 runs. After the wicket, Georgia Voll joined in and secured the major runs for her side. Voll batted for an impressive total of 48 runs in 40 deliveries. Her shots were a pleasure to the eyes, elegantly landing the ball off the boundary.

Grace Harris also backed the batter and secured 18 runs for the team. The middle-order batting lineup seemed to have collapsed, all thanks to Alice Capsey and masterclass bowling efforts. The last few runs were secured by Charli Knott and Voll as they both led the team to a total of 150 runs at a loss of 6 wickets.

Knott batted for a total of 31 runs. Good bowling performance from the Melbourne Renegades. With Annabel Sutherland and Alice Capsey picking two wickets, they were backed by Kim Garth and Milly Illingtonworth who picked 1 each. Hard luck for the Melbourne Renegades as they weren’t able to restrict the opponents to a low score despite the wicket-taking bowling performance.

A huge total for the Renegades to chase down. The opening batters, Sophia Dunkley and Meg Lanning were lost too early for the side. Charli Knott and Sarah Glenn picked Sophia Dunkley and Lanning, respectively.

While Alice Capsey tried her level best to lead the team closer to victory, she witnessed some major wickets from the non-strikers’ end in the form of Annabel Sutherland, Maia Bouchier and Nicole Faltum. Capsey was able to contribute the maximum runs in 43 deliveries. She scored 52 runs in all.

Capsey was also lost on Jess Jonassen’s delivery. Kim Garth in the last few overs tried to level the game. Garth secured a total of 45 runs in just 27 deliveries. Yet hard luck for the Melbourne Renegades, who despite of their heartfelt efforts, weren’t able to take the game to the end and secure it for the side.

In 20 overs, the Renegades were able to secure 137 runs at a loss of 7 wickets. Knott, Jonassen and Glenn all picked 2 wickets each. Nicola Hancock picked one. What mattered was the bowlers were able to restrict the Melbourne Renegades, which helped them secure the game conveniently.

Charli Knott shined with both bat and ball in hand.

WBBL 2023: Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades Brief Scores

Brisbane Heat 150/6 (Georgia Voll 48 (40), Annabel Sutherland 2/19) won against Melbourne Renegades 137/7 (Alice Capsey 52 (43), Kim Garth 45 (27), Charli Knott 2/13) by 13 runs.

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