Heat thump Renegades; Strikers withstand Burns’ blitz
Brisbane Heat celebrate a wicket © Getty Images
Brisbane Heat continued their winning streak to register their third win of the season with victory over Melbourne Renegades on Friday (October 21). Adelaide Strikers on the other hand survived a scare by Erin Burns to earn their first victory of the season.
In the first match at the Karen Rolton Oval, Heat comfortably defeated Renegades. Having asked to bat first, Heat lost the top three batters within 31 runs. Amelia Kerr and Georgia Voll tried to resurrect the innings with a 51-run stand. While the White Ferns’ batter departed for 27, Voll anchored the innings with a significant half-century. Indian allrounder Pooja Vastraker on debut came on late in the innings and provided the final flourish to take the team total to 163.
In the second innings, Renegades lost wickets early with Hayley Mathews getting out for a duck. Fellow opener Sophie Molineux had trouble get going and was dismissed for an 11-ball four. Renegades were reduced to 15 for 3 with Evelyn Jones getting trapped in front of the wicket. Josie Dooley relieved the pressure with a 28-ball 40, but hopes dwindled for Renegades with her dismissal. They were eventually bundled out for a score of 137. Kerr and Charli Knot took three wickets apiece for Heat.
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The second contest of the day saw a nail-biting finish with Strikers and Sixers fighting till the end. Chasing a target of 143, Sydney Sixers were stumbling at 36 for four before Burns took charge of their innings. She displayed an array of strokes despite wickets tumbling at the other end. With 20 required of the final over, Burns scored 16 off the first four balls. However, she was caught on the penultimate ball for a 38-ball 71. Gemma Barsby picked up a wicket off the last ball to make a mini comeback of sorts to take Strikers to a three-run win.
Earlier, Strikers struggled for much of their innings. They were 83 for 6 after 15.1 overs and looked less likely to reach 120. However, Madeline Penna provided the team with the much-needed boost by scoring 39 off 25 balls. Tegan McPharlin also contributed with unbeaten 21 off 11. Their drive during the slog overs ultimately turned out to be crucial in their eventual triumph.
Brisbane Heat 163/8 in 20 overs (Georgia Voll 52, Amelia Kerr 27) defeated Melbourne Renegades 137/10 in 19 overs (Courtney Webb 47*, Josephine Dooley 40; Charli Knott 3/19) by 26 runs. POTM: Georgia Voll
Adelaide Strikers 142/6 in 20 overs (Madeline Penna 39*; Sophie Ecclestone 2/15) defeated Sydney Sixers 139/8 in 20 overs (Erin Burns 71*; Darcie Brown 3/17) by 3 runs. POTM: Erin Burns