Well that's it for today folks! This is Anirudh Modi, signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Vatsal Negandhi and our scorer/analyst Zeeshan Naiyer! See you on the next one!
Ellie Johnston (Player of the Match): "We saw to be
positive and went out there with a good mindset. We were just 80-90% today so watch out for us this season. Having Redmayne at the other end was a big help as
she kept being positive throughout the partnership."
AND BRISBANE HEAT WOMEN HAS SNATCHED THE VICTORY IN THIS GAME! They have produced a brilliant run in the last two overs to defeat the Melbourne Stars Women by 8 runs! A rollercoaster of a game ends in a perfect fashion!
Brisbane Heat Women won the toss and elected to bat first! The decision paid off, as the Melbourne Stars' opening pacers struggled to find their line and length as Johnston blazed them away enroute to smashing 54 runs off 34 balls! She was well accompanied by her opening partner Redmayne as the duo stitched together an opening stand of 88 runs in the first 10 overs.
Gerogia Voll then took over the good work, as she played a fantastic cameo of 40 runs off 28 balls to power the Heat to a total of 179/3 from their 20 overs! Sasha Maloney was the pick of the bowlers as she picked up 1/19 from her 3 overs!
Come the chase, the Melbourne Stars Women got off to a good opening stand of their own, as Winfield-Hill and Heath smashed 76 runs in the first 10 overs, with Winfield-Hill eventually going onto score 74 runs off 51 balls in a fantastic knock. Post her dismissal Melbourne Stars were in a bit of a worry, reeling at 114/3 after 14.2 overs.
However, Amber Sutherland had other ideas as she carved apart the Brisbane Heat bowlers to smash 45 runs off just 22 deliveries but that was not enough to take her team over the line as Jess Jonassen bowled a perfect last over to clinch victory for the Brisbane Heat Women!
Kudos to both the teams for providing us with a thrilling encounter here! Brisbane Heat Women will be elated with the results and most importantly the points in the bank! Melbourne Stars Women on the other hand will look to improve in the next game!
Melbourne Stars Women
st G Redmayne b J Jonassen
19.6 J Jonassen to S Reid
W WICKET!! A fitting way to end the innings for Heat-W. 3 wickets in the over. Fuller ball on the middle and leg, but Reid comes down and misses the ball. Gets stumped here as Stars-W end up on 170 for 8 in their 20. Jonassen ends up with 3 for 36 in her spell.
b J Jonassen
19.5 J Jonassen to S Moloney
W WICKET!! BOWLED!! Full and straight from Jonassen, Moloney plays across the line and yorked herself here. The ball goes on to hit the stumps and she has to depart for 1. 7th one down for the Stars-W.
19.4 J Jonassen to N Faltum
1 Fuller length ball outside off, Faltum gets an inside edge as the ball goes past the keeper for a single.
19.3 J Jonassen to N Faltum
2 Fuller length ball on off, Faltum hits this uppishly down the ground to long-off for a couple.
19.2 J Jonassen to S Moloney
1 Fuller ball down the leg, Moloney sweeps this one to short fine leg for a single.
New batsman on crease
c Sippel b J Jonassen
What a rollercoaster of a game we have on our hands! Two wickets in quick succession and Melbourne Stars are letting this slip away!
19.1 J Jonassen to A Sutherland
W WICKET!! Sutherland is gone here, A huge blow for the Stars-W. Fuller ball on middle and leg, Sutherland moves across and hits this straight to the deep mid-wicket fielder who grabs this one. A timely wicket for Heat-W as they pick the big scalp of Sutherland who departs for 45.
Melbourne Stars Women
Courtney Grace Sippel
18.6 Sippel to N Faltum
0 Fuller ball outside off, Faltum looks to paddle this and misses, a dot to end the over. 14 needed off the last over.