Teams in blue enjoy day out in WBBL

YESTERDAY’S WBBL action was a good one for the teams in blue, with the Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers both picking up wins.

Brisbane turns on the heat to take down Hurricanes

The Brisbane Heat earned a big win over the Hobart Hurricanes, defeating the visitors by 53 runs.

In a match where the Heat was not just in Brisbane’s name, the Heat posted 5/184 before restricting the Hurricanes to 131 before bowling them all out.

The Heat’s big score was really thanks to Georgia Redmayne, who made and combined with Bess Heath for a 92 run second wicket stand to really propel the home side’s score forward. Heath found plenty of runs herself, making 51.

The Hurricanes were their own worst enemy at times, dropping plenty of chances early in the Heat’s innings.

In reply the Hurricanes got off to a solid start, but once they lost their first wickets things fell apart after that. The wickets just kept coming and they lost 9/83 after that to be all bowled out halfway through the 18th over.

Most of Hobart’s runs came in their top four in the order, with Bryony Smith the top scorer with 28.

Meanwhile from a bowling perspective Jess Jonassen was the chief destroyer for the home side, picking up four wickets, while Courtney Sippel took two.

Earlier Shabnim Ismail and Heather Graham had taken two wickets each for the Hurricanes.

Adelaide’s bowlers strike hard to down Thunder

Adelaide’s bowlers were the stars of the show in the City of Churches yesterday, as they helped defeat the Sydney Thunder by six wickets.

The Thunder were restricted to 6/118 before the Strikers reached the target with 13 balls to spare.

Despite Chamari Athapaththu’s innings of 43, the Thunder just could not string those big partnerships together and just kept losing wickets on a too regular basis. Marizanne Kapp and Anika Learoyd both made 27 later in the innings, but those three were the only double figure scores for the entire innings.

In reply things did not go all their own way, with two wickets lost in the eighth over for example, but in the end that was a mere speed bump on the road to victory for the home side.

Laura Wolvaardt topped the run tally for the home side with 47, while Bridget Patterson made 46 not out.

Meanwhile from a bowling perspective Lauren Smith was particularly effective for the Thunder, almost picking up a hat trick but still finishing with three wickets to her name. Earlier both Megan Schutt and Anesu Mushangwe picked up two wickets each for the Strikers.

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