The Brisbane Heat have notched a sixth successive win to beat competition leaders Melbourne Stars and stake a claim for a third consecutive WBBL title.
After Stars young gun Tess Flintoff restricted the Heat to just two runs in the penultimate over, Laura Kimmince iced the game with consecutive boundaries to hand the Heat a three-wicket victory in one of the highest-quality games of the season.
It was the third consecutive starring performance at the death from Kimmince, who pummelled 19 runs from just five balls to seal the win.
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Laura Kimmince guided the Heat to victory blasting 19 from just five balls. Picture: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The Stars posted a strong total of 151 in the top-of-the-table clash at Drummoyne Oval despite losing Australian captain Meg Lanning for a duck after just three balls.
But the Stars are loaded with talent and internationals and South African Mignon du Preez (51 off 38) and Englishwoman Natalie Sciver (33 off 27) stepped up to lead them to a more-than-competitive total.
“In the past I’ve always got going but I haven’t converted those starts,” du Preez said.
“Now I’m converting them into 50s but hopefully there’s one big score coming in the near future.”
The Heat also lost an early wicket, with Grace Harris dismissed in the third over but Jess Jonassen and Georgia Redmayne steadied the ship with a 49-run partnership before Redmayne and Georgia Voll combined for another 44 runs.
Redmayne was sensationally run out by Katherine Brunt, though, with the Heat’s run chase slowing in the next four-and-a-half overs until Kimmince strode to the crease.
Laura Kimmince just keeps on getting it done for the @HeatBBL!
She smacked 19* runs off 5 balls and is the @rebelsport Player of the Match #WBBL06 pic.twitter.com/uWMglDnXNl
The victory cements the Heat’s position in second place on the ladder and maintains their momentum in the back half of the season, marking them as genuine title contenders following several off-season changes.
After just their second loss of the season, the Stars will hold their position at the top of the table, regardless of the result of their final fixture against the Sydney Sixers on Sunday.
“Obviously we would have liked to keep the momentum going but even though we’ve lost two games, we still managed to take it all the way to the end,” du Preez said.
“The Renegades was a super over, and then today with four balls to spare, so there’s something that we’ve done really well this season is to keep on fighting all the way to the end.”
Delissa Kimminces celebrates taking the wicket of Meg Lanning. Picture: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The Heat may have eventually conceded 151 runs but they were on the front foot after dismissing Aussie captain Meg Lanning in the opening over of the match. In sensational form, Lanning has not been out for a duck this season and her scalp was key to the Heat’s win.
Mignon du Preez blasted 51 off 37 balls to set up the Stars’ innings with a sensational knock after the early dismissal of captain Meg Lanning. Du Preez hit eight fours and a magnificent six in her innings, and was only dismissed by a catch from Grace Harris not far inside the long-on boundary as she tried to push the pace.
Grace Harris finished with just two wickets for the Heat but it was the double breakthrough in the 17th over that earns her the bowling spell of the match. With the Stars looking set to post a mammoth total, Harris dismissed internationals Annabel Sutherland (three off six balls) and Natalie Sciver 33 off 28), conceding just one run in a pivotal moment in the match.
Mignon du Preez top scored with 51 of 37 balls. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
“We want to finish the tournament on a high and get some momentum going into finals weekend, so hopefully we can pull off another fabulous team performance (against the Sydney Sixers) tomorrow.” – Mignon du Preez
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Originally published asWBBL: Batting powerhouse goes big again as Heat roll on
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