Cricket news - Heat step closer to semis with narrow win

Georgia Redmayne compiled a crucial hand of 37 for Heat

Georgia Redmayne compiled a crucial hand of 37 for Heat

Melbourne Stars Women vs Brisbane Heat Women

Laura Kimmince once again stood tall for Brisbane Heat with a brilliant late 5-ball 19 to help them across the line to put a foot into the semifinals. Resisting a late wobble, Heat picked up a three-wicket win over the table-toppers Melbourne Stars in their search for a third successive WBBL title.

In a chase of 152, Heat were on course at 109 for 2 in the 13th over when Georgia Redmayne fell, requiring a run a ball 43. From there, Heat slipped, being reduced to 144 for 7 as they lost wickets in heap. However, Georgia Voll took them closer to the target with a 34 off 28 to keep them in the hunt. Tess Flintoff kept the Stars in the game with a magnificent 19th over where she picked two wickets and conceded just two runs, leaving eight to get in the last over. Kimmince, however, completed the chase win in just two balls belting consecutive boundaries off Annabel Sutherland in the end.

The Stars' earlier were led by another half-century from Mignon du Preez, which was her fourth in five innings. Natalie Sciver too chipped in with a 28-ball 33, but after Grace Harris's double strike in the 17th over, Stars were reeling at 117 for 5. However, Brunt and Alana King's late cameos of 16 and 17 gave them the momentum towards the end as the pair added 27 in the last two overs to finish with a total above 150.

Brief scores: Melbourne Stars 151/5 in 20 overs (Mignon du Preez 51, Natalie Sciver 33; Grace Harris 2-8) lost to Brisbane Heat 152/7 in 19.2 overs (Georgia Redmayne 37, Jess Jonassen 35, Georgia Voll 34; Tess Flintoff 3-13) by three wickets.

Adelaide Strikers Women vs Sydney Thunder Women

Sammy-Jo Johnson's three-wicket haul and opener Rachel Trenaman's 38 helped Sydney Thunder to a five-wicket win, keeping their semifinal hopes alive. Their third successive win has ended Adelaide Strikers' season, who only have five wins in their 13 games. Thunder climbed to third spot with 14 points with a game to play.

Johnson was promoted to No.3 in a bid to up their net run rate in what could be a tight fight for the remaining three of the top four spots with the Melbourne Stars having the advantage of being well ahead of the rest. However, it did not play out to plan, but Trenaman, who set the platform in the 134-run chase kept them in the game with a patient 40-ball 38.

Once she fell, however, it was skipper Rachael Haynes who put them on the brink of victory with a 23-ball 30 before falling with just eight needed. Phoebe Litchfield (16) and Tahlia Wilson held their nerve to complete the chase with two balls to spare.

It was on the back of Katie Mack's second half-century in the tournament that the Strikers got to 133 for 6 earlier after being asked to bat. It was Johnson who struck early to get Tahlia McGrath, and Laura Wolvaardt fell soon after. Stafanie Taylor, along with Mack, staged a fightback to take them over the 100-run mark with a 71-run stand before she fell for 33 off 29 balls. They didn't get too many after the pair fell.

Brief scores: Adelaide Strikers Women 133/6 in 20 overs (Katie Mack 58, Stafanie Taylor 33; Sammy-Jo Johnson 3-25) lost to Sydney Thunder Women 136/5 in 19.4 overs (Rachel Trenaman 38, Rachael Haynes 30; Amanda Wellington 3-33) by five wickets.

Hobart Hurricanes Women vs Perth Scorchers Women

Skipper Sophie Devine's brilliant unbeaten 53-ball 87 powered Perth Scorchers to a clinical ten-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes, effectively drawing curtains on Adelaide Strikers' season.

Devine was devastating in her knock, after returning from a lower-back injury that ruled her out of their last two games, belting five sixes and eight fours as the Scorchers went all out to up their net run rate. The opening pair raced away to scale the target of 135 with as many as 32 balls to spare. Beth Mooney kept her able company with a brisk 36-ball 48, in the process becoming the first player to pass 3000 WBBL runs.

Scorchers would've been thrilled to have restricted the Hurricanes to 134 for 6 after opting to bowl. Taneale Peschel may only have had one wicket to show for in her tally, but only conceded 13 runs. But she picked up the all-important Rachel Priest at the top in the second over. After Corinne Hall (11) fell in the Powerplay, Nicola Carey impressed in the opening slot with a 31-ball 36 other than which no substantial scores came in the middle order.

Emma Thompson's aggressive 22-ball 33 at No.6, however, is what helped the Hurricanes finish on a high, but no total could've been enough given Devine and Mooney's onslaught.

Brief scores: Hobart Hurricanes Women 134/6 in 20 overs (Nicola Carey 36, Emma Thompson 33*; Samantha Betts 2-24) lost to Perth Scorchers Women 140/0 in 14.4 overs (Sophie Devine 87*, Beth Mooney 48*) by ten wickets.

Sydney Sixers Women vs Melbourne Renegades Women

Sydney Sixers were pegged behind in the race for the top four, being all but knocked out after Melbourne Renegades played spoilsport cruising to a six-wicket win. Already out of contention for the top four slots this year, Renegades were clinical in the chase, getting the required 167 runs with five balls to spare on the back of an enterprising 79 from Lizelle Lee. Sixers now need to win their final game against table-toppers Melbourne Stars to have a chance to qualify for the semifinals.

The opener smashed four sixes and nine fours in her 45-ball knock, keeping Renegades in the hunt despite the early wickets. They needed 97 off the last 60 balls, but Lee and Courtney Webb came together in a 73-run stand to keep them ahead in the game in an aggressive partnership that brought the equation down to needing a run a ball. Lee fell in the 16th over with little over 20 runs to get, but Webb ensured there were no further hiccups as she remained unbeaten on a 28-ball 46 to take her side over the line.

Earlier, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry put on quite the show for the opening stand that fetched the Sixers 104 runs. Healy led the stand with a dynamic knock of 63 that came in just 38 balls with four sixes and six fours. Perry kept her company, but couldn't get going after, falling for a 38-ball 37 two balls after Healy in Molly Strano's double-wicket over with Webb plucking out a stunner. Erin Burns got some quick runs towards the end, as did Marizanne Kapp that gave the Sixers a total of 166 to contend with. In the end, it wasn't enough for the Sixers to pick up vital two points that would keep their semifinal hopes alive.

Brief scores: Sydney Sixers Women 166/4 in 20 overs (Alyssa Healy 63, Ellyse Perry 37; Molly Strano 2-35) lost to Melbourne Renegades Women 169/4 in 19.1 overs (Lizelle Lee 79, Courtney Webb 46*; Sarah Aley 2-31) by six wickets.