The Game at a Glance
The Heat won the toss and sent the Stars into bat, a decision that paid off instantly as Sammy-Jo Johnson nabbed the important wicket of Lizelle Lee on the very first ball of the innings. The Stars top order quickly crumbled, with Reakes and Martin dismissed for single digit scores. Veterans Mignon du Preez and Erin Osborne looked to steady the ship during the middle overs, until they were both sent back to the dug out by Jonassen. Sutherland, King and Hancock all contributed great efforts, but the Stars could only manage to set a target of 88 runs; bowled out with 1 ball remaining.
Annabel Sutherland continued her good form, taking the wicket of Beth Mooney in her second over. Ferling and King both took a wicket each, but the Heat were too good and won the match by 7 wickets.
With the Bat
The Stars lost the wicket of Lizelle Lee on the first ball of the innings, and never really recovered. Ange Reakes was dismissed shortly after, and new addition Katey Martin could only manage 2 runs before she was also caught out. Mignon du Preez and Erin Osborne managed to salvage the batting innings in the middle overs, with the batters combining for a 38-run partnership. Unfortunately they were both dismissed by Jess Jonassen in two consecutive deliveries.
Annabel Sutherland, Alana King and Nicola Hancock put up a fight toward the end of the innings, but the Stars only managed to set the Heat a target of 89 runs for the win.
With the Ball
Annabel Sutherland was exceptional with the ball, the 17 year old yet again proving her incredible skills as an up and coming allrounder. She took the important wicket of Beth Mooney in her second over with a superb delivery, combining with Erin Osborne who took the catch. Holly Ferling snagged the wicket of Grace Harris for just 6 runs, with Mignon du Preez taking a great diving catch. Alana King also joined the party, taking the wicket of Sammy-Jo Johnson with her first ball.
But the Brisbane Heat were unphased, and found the target in the 9th over.
The girls are back in town at the MCG for their last game of the WBBL|04 season. They take on the Sydney Sixers on Monday January 14 in a Melbourne Stars Double Header!