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After a long time, Hobart Hurricanes finally registered their second win in the ongoing Women's Big Bash League as they humbled Brisbane Heat in the first of the two back to back encounters between the two teams. They are set to lock horns once again on 31st December at the same venue. With this important win, Hobart Hurricanes continue to be in the hunt for the semifinal spot albeit hanging by a thin thread. They'll need to win all of their remaining games starting with their Monday's contest against the same team, Brisbane Heat.
After winning the toss and electing to field first, the Hurricanes didn't really get the start they were looking for with the ball but quickly bounced back with some quick wickets just when the Heat women were looking to run away with the good start.
Barring Erin Fazackerley, who conceded 24 in her two overs without any success, everyone introduced in the bowling attack picked up at least a wicket. Meg Phillips, in particular, played the anchor role in their comeback as she picked up three important wickets for just 16 runs in her four overs. Hartley, Hepburn, and Maloney contributed with two wickets each while Heather Knight picked up one wicket.
Chasing a smallish total, the Hurricanes were once again faced with the familiar problem of a poor start as they were four down inside the powerplay and even the target of 130 was looking remote. Corinne Hall and Mikayla Hinkley then stitched together a brilliant partnership of 98 with the respective contributions of 48 and 45 to guide their side home with five wickets and ten balls to spare.
Smriti Mandhana, Stefanie Daffara, Mikayla Hinkley, Heather Knight, Corinne Hall, Georgia Redmayne, Sasha Moloney, Veronica Pyke, Meg Phillips, Brooke Hepburn, Alex Hartley.
For Brisbane Heat, it was just the kind of day where nothing appeared to be going right for them. Grace Harris got them off to a steady start, but they soon found themselves in a spot of bother after losing too many wickets in quick succession.
They slid from 48 for 1 to 77 for 5 which was the major cause of their defeat in this match. They could score a total of just 129 and were completely dismantled with an over still remaining. Grace Harris remained their top scorer with her 23 off 12 deliveries.
It was never going to be easy defending such a low total, but their bowlers started off in a brilliant fashion to bring their side back in the business. They got rid of four Hurricanes' batters inside six overs with Kimmins and Harris picking up two wickets each. No support from other bowlers coupled with excellent recovery job from Hall and Hinkley kept Heat at bay as they eventually lost the match by five wickets.
Beth Mooney, Grace Harris, Sammy Jo Johnson, Kirby Short, Jess Jonassen, Josie Dooley, Laura Harris, Delissa Kimmince, Laura Wolvaardt, Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett.
Brisbane Heat will like to take this loss as a wake-up call with not much time remaining in the league stages. With so much competition in the middle of the points table, any more slip-ups will take advantage out of their hands. Hurricanes, on the other hand, have a pretty simple equation ahead of them - to win all their remaining matches, to have any chance whatsoever to qualify for the next stage. Brisbane Heat have done better as compared to Hobart Hurricanes this season and with the latter struggling with their top-order problems, Heat are better-placed to win the upcoming encounter and avenge their recent loss.
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