Harris, Dooley star in Heat victory
Brisbane move a step closer to a WBBL|04 finals berth with a commanding win over the Strikers in Mackay
5 January 2019, 10:39 PM AEST
A clinical performance with both bat and ball helped the Brisbane Heat comfortably beat the Adelaide Strikers by 43 runs and consolidate third spot on the Rebel WBBL ladder.
After posting 7-160 on a tricky, two-paced deck at Harrup Park in Mackay on Saturday, the Heat restricted the Strikers to just 7-117 from their 20 overs in a run chase that spluttered badly after an excellent start.
Gun Kiwi duo Sophie Devine (39) and Suzie Bates (31) put on 75 for the opening wicket but when the pair succumbed to Delissa Kimmince in the space of three balls, the Strikers completely lost their way.
After Kimmince (3-21) provided the key early strikes - Devine holing out to cover and Bates reverse-paddling a catch to wicketkeeper Beth Mooney - it was the tweakers who applied the screws as wickets continued to fall in clumps.
Spin trio Sune Luus (2-21), Grace Harris (1-11) and Jemma Barsby (0-16) proved difficult to get away on a wicket that wasn't easy for batting as the Strikers, after such a promising start, lost 7-42 off their last 56 balls.
Tahlia McGrath (14) and Megan Schutt (10no) were the only others to register double digits as the asking rate spiralled out of control.
Earlier, teenager Josie Dooley rode her luck with an unbeaten 48 after opener Grace Harris thumped 47 to put the Heat in the driver's seat.
Mooney's recent lean trot continued, falling for six with a soft chip to cover, before Sammy-Jo Johnson and Kirby Short provided solid support for Harris.
Player-of-the-match Dooley then took over to give Brisbane the edge.
Devine (2-15) and Schutt (2-25) were the leading wicket-takers for the Strikers, whose finals hopes now appear gone.
"They started off really well but we stuck in there," Dooley said.
"We got the breakthrough (Devine) and finished off well."
Bates admitted either herself or Devine needed to bat longer.
"We got off to a really good start but one of Soph or I had to go a lot deeper," she said.
"We just weren't good enough with bat or ball. On that wicket, with the slow outfield, 160 was always going to be a decent score."