BRISBANE: Beth Mooney’s dynamic half-century took Brisbane Heat to a comfortable nine-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers, helping them break their streak of successive losses and return to winning ways in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
After opting to bowl at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, Heat’s bowlers restricted the Strikers to 113 for 6 in their 20 overs. That the Strikers managed to get to the total was on the back of late contributions from Bridget Patterson and Tabatha Saville who added 64 for the sixth wicket before the latter fell for 32 on the last ball of the innings.
Strikers’ top five contributed a cumulative of 40 runs, which has been a rarity for them this season with consistent contributions coming from the top order.Mooney made short work of the paltry chase, requiring just 14 overs to scale the target. Skipper Kirby Short missed out after being sent back for 18 in the ninth over with 56 on the board, but Mooney accelerated, evidenced in the fact that Laura Wolvaardt was unbeaten on just 9 at the other end while Mooney remained unbeaten on 86 off just 57 balls – an innings that comprised of 10 boundaries and one six.
For Brisbane, Deandra Dottin was the pick of the bowlers having picked up two wickets in the three overs, conceding 13 runs, while for Adelaide, Amanda Wellington was the only one with a return on the day. Both sides take on each other on December 31 at the same venue.
Brief scores: Adelaide Strikers 113/6 in 20 overs (Bridget Patterson 32, Tabatha Saville 31*; Jess Jonassen 2-20, Deandra Dottin 2-13). Brisbane Heat 114/1 in 16 overs (Beth Mooney 86*).