Adelaide Strikers 8 for 140 (Wolvaardt 46, Jonassen 3-17, Hancock 3-26) beat Brisbane Heat 109 (Schutt 4-11, Brown 4-16) by 31 runs
Adelaide Strikers fast bowlers Megan Schutt and Darcie Brown have combined to destroy Brisbane’s top order to secure a 31-run win in the WBBL.
The duo , both Australian representatives, were on fire at the start of Heat’s run chase and had the home side 4 for 7 in the fourth over with their pace and seam too hot to handle at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field.
Heat allrounders Amelia Kerr and Charli Knott promised to cut loose after they had rescued their team with the bat in a thrilling three-run win over Sydney Thunder on Tuesday. The pair impressed again in a 52-run stand before Brown and Schutt came back into the attack to reassert their early dominance.
Earlier Strikers’ innings was anchored by opener Katie Mack (35) and South African international Laura Wolvaardt (46) in a 64-run second-wicket stand.
The catch of the tournament to date was taken by Knott at cover to dismiss the dangerous Wolvaardt when she made ground swiftly and dived full-stretch to her right to clutch the ball in one hand. Bridget Patterson and Madeline Penna got Strikers to a competitive total.
Heat skipper Jess Jonassen was superb with her left-arm spinners to become the season’s leading wicket taker with 10. Fast bowler Nicola Hancock was just as impressive.
Strikers moved into the top four on the ladder while Heat remain first despite the loss which brought an end to their four-game winning streak.