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WBBL 2023 Challenger: ‘Red Hot’ Brisbane Heat Romp Over Perth Scorchers In A Dominant Fashion

Brisbane Heat once again showcased their stellar performance registering a crucial 67-run win over the Perth Scorchers at the WACA Ground, on Wednesday in the Women’s Big Bash League 2023 (WBBL 2023). With yet another dominant batting performance notching up a competitive 197/5 in their 20 overs quota, Brisbane Heat backed it up with a convincing bowling performance to seal the massive win.

Brisbane Heat won the toss and decided to bat first at the WACA, a ground known for its reputation of high-scoring pitches certainly lived up to the billing. It was once again the duo of Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne who started all guns blazing giving the most ideal start to the proceedings.

Not only did the duo complement each other brilliantly but it was Grace Harris who took centre stage with some audacious and out-of-the-world batting. While she raced to a half-century, her blistering knock came to an end when Nat Sciver Brunt got her out for 53 off 33, a knock that saw her strike at 163.64.

Redmayne who was playing second fiddle and before she could find her footing was dismissed LBW again by Alana King.

The onus now fell on Amelia Kerr and Mignon du Preez who not just bailed the team out of trouble but stuck to the script and stitched a commendable partnership. Batting through the middle overs with a lot of focus and commitment, the duo was instrumental during the Challenger of the WBBL 2023.

Amelia Kerr’s knock came to an end when Nat Sciver-Brunt dismissed her for 31 and once again she broke this partnership and with Mignon du Preez undone by Alana King from the other end, the Heat lost 4 wickets but still looked in control.

With garnishes added to the final recipe, it is impossible to not take into account the contributions of the lower order, as Laura Harris chipped in with a more than handy 24 off 11 and Charli Knott’s game-changing 32 off 14, the duo’s cameos at 200 strike rate really set the tone for a massive total.

Last but not least, skipper Jess Jonassen’s 9 off 4; Heat ended up with a mind-boggling 197/5 in their 20 overs. The Scorchers did not have the most ideal showing with the ball but the lone Rangers who shone with the ball had to be Alana King with three wickets and Nat Sciver-Brunt with two wickets in the WBBL 2023 Challengers.

The total was always going to be challenging to chase down yet giving an optimistic start to the proceedings was Lauren Winfield-Hill and Beth Mooney but with the former’s dismissal for 15 off 9, the momentum was abruptly shaken as Nicola Hancock struck in her opening spell. Chloe Piparo was the next to fall as Georgia Voll got her out for 6.

Even as the experienced duo of Nat Sciver-Brunt who joined forces with Beth Mooney to keep the run chase intact, it was proving to be quite the uphill task without frequent boundaries.

Mooney’s knock of 18 was cut short as her fellow Aussie teammate got the better of her and the over after saw Sophie Devine’s 13 off 9 also come to an end as Voll outfoxed her.

The match was seemingly slipping away from the clutches of the Scorchers and although Sciver-Brunt kept the scoreboard ticking, the pressure was omnipresent, as Jess Jonaasen got her out LBW it started dimming any chances of a comeback for the Scorchers.

Madeleine Darke’s 16 was the only double-digit figure as the rest of the batting crumbled to 130/8, with not much to write home. It was a fitting end to the match for the Heat who could back up their bowling to the batting performance in the WBBL 2023 Challenger.

Georgia Voll’s 4 wickets proved to be the difference in the bowling unit for the Heat and with Jess Jonassen snapping two wickets with support from either end coming in from Nicola Hancock and Amelia Kerr; it was a match to reme)mber.

This win ensures the Heat have set up their date for a mouth-watering finals clash with the Adelaide Strikers on the 2nd of December at the Adelaide Oval which will then draw the curtains on the WBBL 2023.

WBBL 2023: Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers Brief Scores

Brisbane Heat 197/5 in 20 overs (Grace Harris 54, Charli Knott 32*, Amelia Kerr 31; Alana King 3/30, Nat Sciver-Brunt 2/29) beat Perth Scorchers 130/8 in 20 overs (Nat Sciver-Brunt 36, Beth Mooney 18; Georgia Voll 4/19, Jess Jonassen 2/25) by 67 runs.

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