Amelia Kerr’s crucial knock saves the day for Brisbane Heat
Kerr and Knott helped Brisbane Heat edge past Sydney Thunder © Getty Images
A fightback from Amelia Kerr and Charli Knott helped the Brisbane Heat edge past Sydney Thunder by three runs at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Tuesday (October 25). A valiant half-century from Phoebe Litchfield went in vain as Heat went past Perth Scorchers to cement the top position in the eighth season of the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL).
Having restricted Thunder to 139, Brisbane Heat’s chase got off to an edgy start. Their openers lived dangerously courtesy of dropped catches by Sydney Thunder. Until Lea Tahuhu dismissed Danielle Wyatt for 18 to give her side a significant breakthrough. The pacer followed it with the wickets of Georgia Voll (4) and Laura Harris (4). Georgia Redmayne continued her form with the bat and smashed 33 runs off 36 balls, despite carrying a finger injury.
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Brisbane was reeling at losing five wickets for 72 runs however, the pair of Kerr and Knott kept the scoreboard rolling. Moments before the rain interruption, Kerr scored a crucial boundary on the last ball of the 17th over. It put Brisbane Heat ahead on the DLS system and helped them win the match by three runs.
Earlier, 19-year-old Litchfield set the tone for Sydney Thunder. She caught attention with her second successive fifty of the tournament. Her side was sailing at halfway-mark at 78/1 before Heat pulled things back. The Heat skipper Jess Jonassen, bowled Amy Jones to open the doors for her side. Thunder captain Rachael Haynes smashed 38 runs off 30 balls, including five boundaries to take her side to 139 in the first innings. For Heat, Jonassen and Nicola Hancock were the pick of the bowlers as they took two wickets each.
Brief Scores: Sydney Thunder 139/4 in 20 overs (Phoebe Litchfield 50, Rachael Haynes 38; Jessica Jonassen 2/20) lost to Brisbane Heat 120/5 in 17.2 overs (Georgia Redmayne 33, Amelia Kerr 22*; Lea Tahuhu 3/31) by 3 runs (DLS Method). POTM: Amelia Kerr