Latest Match Report – Heat vs Hurricanes Eliminator 2022/23

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

Danni Wyatt and Laura Harris starred with explosive batting as the Brisbane Heat ended the Hobart Hurricanes’ one-season revival to start the WBBL finals.

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 Hurricanes were to chase the record and sniffed out a half-century opening stand by skipper Elyse Villani and Lizelle Lee before falling on the back foot.

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.

But he fell into a superb error from Amy Smith’s second delivery soon after, leading to the Heat’s collapse, where they lost 3 for 6 at an average innings.

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.

Laura caught a glimpse of Melbourne Stars teenager Tess Flintoff’s fastest WBBL half-century off 16 balls, but that record bid fell short when she hit Nicola Carey in the 15th over.

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.

Captain Jess Jonassen tried to steady the ship and took over in the sixth over, but his first delivery went to the boundary marked by a sloppy error as Villani and Lee maintained their half-centuries.

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.

The Hurricanes’ chase took off from there as Jonassen leveled Strano as the WBBL’s top player. It was a statement win for the Heat, who are making amends after bowing out in the Eliminator last season.