Brisbane Heat 179 for 7 (Wyatt 52, L Harris 44, Smith 3-21) The Hobart Hurricanes 135 for 8 (Lee 47, Villani 25, Jonassen 4-23) 44 runs
In a must-win Eliminator match between the third- and fourth-placed teams, the Heat took on the strongest side in the competition after being sent to Adelaide’s Karen Rolton Oval.
Before Laura took over the Heat, Wyatt had a huge impact for the Hurricanes, who were playing in their first WBBL final since the second edition of the WBBL in 2016-17.
The Heat will play the Adelaide Strikers at The Challenger at the same venue on Thursday for a place in the finals against the Sydney Sixers.
Wyatt lays down a strong platform
The focus was on Georgia Redmayne, who returned to the Heat after missing the last four matches due to injury. He was the WBBL’s leading run-scorer at one point but was rusty early on a pitch that offered some action.
Fortunately, he was able to spend time with his opening partner Wyatt as a team as the Heat cracked their second-best power play of the season with 33 runs.
Wyatt played with guts and made a monster of anything that sounded over the top with the help of some erratic bowling from the Heat as he rocked spinner Molly Strano with his aggressive approach.
The loss of Redmayne, who was scratched on 14, did little to stop Wyatt, who reached his second consecutive half-century with a magnificent cover drive to the boundary.
L Harris sacks Heat for record
There was no consolidation from senior batsman Laura, who counter-attacked with a mere strike to turn the game into a 14-ball whirlwind.
He wisely backed himself and seized the power surge in the 14th over, Harris hitting 23 runs with three straight boundaries and a six against seamer Hayley Jensen.
Laura continued her destruction in the power surge as the speedy Heather Graham could do little to stop the momentum.
The Heat enjoyed a late flurry between Charlie Knott and Nicola Hancock to lift them to a mammoth total.
Villani and Lee begin the chase with confidence
The Hurricanes needed a strong platform to chase down the mammoth target, and they did so through Villani and Lee.
They started bowling raggedly from Heat who couldn’t find their length. Villani and Lee capitalized under the lights to power the Hurricanes to 37 runs in the first four runs on their second-best power play of the season.
The Hurricanes stayed the course until Villani finished in the eighth after a great play from Knott turned the tide of the game.
Pay attention to the heat
The Heat stopped the Hurricanes after Villani’s goal as the pressure mounted on Lee, who struggled to regain his former fluency. The Hurricanes started to fall well short of the required run and got a power surge in the 12th to get back into the contest.
But seamer Courtney Grace Sippel bowled superbly and cost Lee’s big wicket just one run.