The Heat won the flip and put the greens into bat, and it looked like a great decision by the Brisbane captain when the two dangerous opening batters for the Stars, Lizelle Lee and Elyse Villani, went early on.
Lee fell in the second over, trapped LBW by Sammy-Jo Johnson, and then the first ball of the very next Villani had her bails took off by a fantastic ball by Delissa Kimmince that nipped back in off the seem.
Up stepped Mignon du Preez and Annabel Sutherland, who was promoted to number four in the order, with both players getting into their groove quickly. Du Preez, in particular, was looking to move the scoring along and within the space of no time rushed to 30 runs at the ten over mark; well backed up by Sutherland with 27.
‘Minnie’ then started opening up her shoulders and in the 13th over crashed a huge six over the rope, which was the first of two sixes and 14 boundaries the South African hit on the day, helping her to her second consecutive fifty.
The outstanding 102-run partnership was eventually broken in the 14th over when Sutherland was bowled by Kimmince. Mignon du Preez stayed at the crease for a little while longer but was eventually trapped LBW by the same bowler for 88 runs, hit off just 51 balls.
An incredible knock, which helped the Stars build a165-run innings, setting the Heat a tough total to chase.
The Heat showed their batting class from the get-go, accumulating runs with minimal scares. The two openers looked comfortable on the CitiPower Centre wicket and despite some economical bowling in the early stages of the match from the Stars, managed to get the scoreboard ticking.
Beth Mooney looked to be in great touch, and Maddy Green was playing her shots, hitting Ferling for a big over in the third, with a six and a four to score 13 runs from it. That seemed to knock the two batters into life, with the following two overs going for double figures - taking the Heat to 48 runs from the opening six.
The Stars needed a breakthrough, and the skipper turned to the returning spinner Alana King, who was playing in her 50th WBBL game, but she, unfortunately, couldn’t perform the heroics needed in her first game back.
The Heat built a strong platform to chase down the remaining runs and looked to be in a good position going into the final ten.
Leading wicket-taker and youngster, Madeline Penna, came into the attack and caused problems with her tricky bowling and took the wicket of Maddy Green, caught by the captain, Villani, breaking the 92 run opening partnership.
This sadly didn’t slow the Heat innings, and they went on to surpass the 165 runs scored by the Stars halfway through the 19th over of the game when Beth Mooney hit a four off the bowling of Nicola Hancock to take the win.
Player of the match, Mignon du Preez, spoke to us after the game.
The Melbourne Stars play the Strikers in the next game in Adelaide on Saturday, 2.00 PM, before returning to the CitiPower Centre next Wednesday to take on the Perth Scorchers, also a 2.00 pm start.