Heat hit Sydney for six in WBBL opener
THE BRISBANE Heat Women have swung interstate bragging rights in favour of Queensland, after a hard-fought win over Sydney Sixers in the opening round of the Women's Big Bash League on Sunday.
North Sydney Oval presented a two-paced pitch that threatened to cause all kinds of issues for the batters, but the Sixers came out firing.
Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry hit 48 and 42 runs respectively to have the hosts comfortably positioned at 1-74 inside 10 overs, before the visitors started to wrest control.
Haidee Birkett and Delissa Kimmence managed to halt the free-hitting Perry and dangerous Ashleigh Gardner, keeping the duo pinned down before Jess Jonassen made the breakthrough to dismiss Perry. Kingaroy product Holly Ferling finished with 1/22 from two overs, in a mixed performance from the Australian star.
The Sixers managed just 64 runs from their final 10 overs to post a very manageable 139-run target for the Heat.
Earlier, Healy said she considered anything less than 150 a disappointing score.
But 139 was looking stronger just three balls into the Heat innings, as Marizanne Kapp took the prized scalp of Beth Mooney.
Next over, Mooney's replacement Smriti Mandhana was caught behind by Healy to leave the visitors reeling at 2-3.
The Heat were staring down an embarrassing loss at 4-38, before Deandra Dottin took to the crease.
The big-hitting West Indian international smashed 10 boundaries on her way to 60 in a match-winning performance with the bat, to go with bowling figures of 2/24.
After a sluggish start, Dottin found her groove alongside Aussie international Jonassen, with the pair posting a 76-run partnership to swing the innings in favour of the visitors.
Jonassen finished with 30 from just 18 balls, including three fours and a six.
Sarah Aley was the best with the ball for the Sixers, recording 2/17 from four overs and claiming the crucial wickets of Jonassen and Kirby Short.
Earlier: The Hobart Hurricanes chased down the Perth Scorchers' 119 with just one over to spare before the Adelaide Strikers claimed a 14-run win over the Melbourne Renegades in a low-scoring affair.
Both the Hurricanes and Renegades avenged their losses on Sunday, claiming wins over the Scorchers and Strikers respectively in the reverse fixtures.
The Melbourne Stars were too strong for the Sydney Thunder, posting 147 to win by six runs ahead of the return fixture today.