Streaks spiralled in two very different directions as a Laura Kimmince hitting show helped the Brisbane Heat heap more pain on the Sydney Sixers on Tuesday.
Without Aussie star Ash Gardner, who was kept out of the Sixers line-up after suffering a concussion while fielding last Sunday, the Sydney outfit raced to 41 in the sixth over a Alyssa Healy tried to hit her way to her first 50 of the tournament.
But when she was out for 29, the Sixers slowed and could only ereach an under-par score of 122 at Spotless Stadium.
Brisbane was still 30 runs short when skipper Jess Jonassen was out, before Kimmince went nuts and helped the Heat reach the total with 13 balls to spare.
It was a fourth straight win for the defending champion Heat, while the Sixers, who missed the finals last season, slumped to a worrying fifth straight loss.
Batting knock of the match:
It’s not often a 10-ball innings would be the best of the game, but Kimmince blasted the Brisbane Heat from a wobbly position to a winning one in the space of four lusty blows.
Coming in with the score 4-85 in the 14th over,and the run rate slowly climbing, she hit a second ball six, then a four, then another one, with a reverse ramp off a no-ball as she took down Sixers seamer Stella Campebell.
When Kimmince’s short stay was over, she had pounded 23 runs and got the Heat to within 10 runs of victory with four overs to get them.
No way! How on earth has Laura Kimmince gotten this to the boundary?!
Play of the Day for sure! @CommBank #WBBL06 pic.twitter.com/b8cS0uxKrh
Moment of the match:
Stumpings from a long way back are coming thick and fast on the back of Test captain Tim Paine’s recent Sheffield Shield effort.
This time it was Aussie and Sixers star Alyssa Healy who took down the stumps from afar to catch Brisbane opener Grace Harris short of her ground.
The Heat batter was practising her shot after nearly chopping on, but didn’t get her foot behind the crease and Healy pounced on the ball which had dribble past the stumps, throwing them down.
Oh no…😱 Alyssa Healy wasn't going to let this one slip! #WBBL06 pic.twitter.com/p2wISCRtFU
Bowling spell of the match:
Harris, who was named player of the match, had already scored a run-out with a great throw from short- fine-leg even before she stepped up to bowl for the Heat.
Her impact on the match then went up a notch as she snared the two big wickets of Sixers big bats Dane Van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp in a spell that put the stops on the Sydney side.
Harris finished with 2013 off her three overs, taking her wicket haul for the tournament to 11.
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