Grace Harris, the swashbuckling opener for the Brisbane Heat, gave national selectors a timely reminder on Sunday at North Sydney Oval when she smashed the greatest ever knock in Women’s Big Bash League history against the Perth Scorchers.
The 30-year-old, who missed the most recent Twenty20 International series against the West Indies, hammered an undefeated 136 (59) on Sunday afternoon at the scenic location, leading the Heat to a commanding total of 7-229.
In WBBL history, it was the second-highest team score. By breaking another WBBL record with 12 boundaries and 11 sixes, Harris just needed 48 deliveries to achieve triple figures. She joined Perth Scorchers captain Sophie Devine and Sydney Sixers wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy as the only other cricketers to reach three WBBL centuries.
Watch Grace Harris smash a maximum
🗣️ "I need a new bat… nah, stuff it. I'll hit it anyway"
— Weber Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) October 22, 2023
Harris cracked a six over mid-wicket in the fourteenth over, splitting his bat in two and breaking off at the handle. She hit the next delivery over the boundary rope, though, with the new willow posing no problems at all.
She had informed her teammates that she needed a new bat, but she joked, “Stuff it, I’ll still hit it,” right before the hit. With the previous bat, Harris hit 70* off 37, and with the new bat, 66* off 22.
The Scorchers are currently chasing 230 for a win.