Brisbane Heat notched their second consecutive win with a convincing 53-run victory against the Hobart Hurricanes at the Allan Border Field in the Women’s Big Bash League 2023 (WBBL 2023). A mammoth 184 posted by Brisbane Heat propelled by Georgia Redmayne, Bess Heath and a late flourish from Mignon du Preez coupled with Jess Jonassen wrecking havoc with four wickets proved to be too costly for the Hobart Hurricanes to recover from.
The Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and decided to bowl first. The destructive duo of Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne kickstarted the proceedings for the Brisbane Heat in style but before Grace Harris could settle, she was dismissed by Shabnim Ismail for a dismal 10. Bess Heath, the newly promoted top order batter joined Redmayne and the prolific batters stitched a remarkable 92-run partnership in the match of the WBBL 2023.
With Heath playing the role of the aggressor, the scoreboard was flourishing in her presence. While she brought in her half-century in 26 balls striking at 196.15, the veteran Ismail was yet again successful in getting a crucial breakthrough. Redmayne was anchoring the innings hitting crucial boundaries and taking quick runs while the new batter Amelia Kerr who joined her was out for 11 when Heather Graham got the better of her.
Redmayne after notching a scintillating 70 was dismissed and with Mignon du Preez playing a crucial knock of 26 coming in just 15 deliveries was the highlight. With Jess Jonassen striking three boundaries in her camoe of 9, the Brisbane Heat posted a competitive 184/5 on the board. Shabnim Ismail and Heather Graham were the pick of the bowlers with two handy wickets as the rest of the bowling attack was mercilessly dispatched as indicated by their economy rates.
With an overwhelming 185 to chase in the thrilling game of the WBBL 2023, it was going to be an uphill task for the Hobart Hurricanes to salvage. The openers, Lizelle Lee (24) and Bryony Smith (28) gave an impactful start to the proceedings inspiring some chance of a win but post their dismissals in consecutive overs by Charli Knott and Amelia Kerr; the runchase was always going to be challenging. Elyse Villani’s dismissal for 3 did not help the cause and with Heather Graham out for the same score, the pressure was slowly building.
Even as Nicola Carey who has had a quiet season so far, held one end with Naomi Stalenberg, Ruth Johnston and Molly Strano’s back-to-back dismissals, the writing was on the wall. Nicola Carey’s 27 and Hayley Silver-Holmes’ knocks were the only bright spot as the rest of the batting collapsed and with Amy Smith’s run out, the horror run case for the Hurricanes had finally ended as they were skittled all out for 131 in 17.3 overs.
Jess Jonassen was undoubtedly the star of Brisbane Heat’s bowling scalping four crucial wickets and was ably supported by Courtney Sippel, Charli Knott, Nicola Hancock and Amelia Kerr with economical spells.
This win by the Brisbane Heat ensured two crucial points that helped secure 14 points and move right at the top of the table with the Perth Scorchers. Georgia Redmayne for her knock of 70 was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’.
WBBL 2023: Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes Brief Scores
Brisbane Heat 184/5 in 20 overs (Georgia Redmayne 70, Bess Heath 51; Shabnim Ismail 2/22, H Graham 2/42) beat Hobart Hurricanes 131 all out in 17.3 overs (Bryony Smith 28, Nicola Carey 27; Jess Jonassen 4/20, Courtney Sipple 2/16) by 53 runs.