Brisbane Heat has claimed back-to-back rebel Women’s Big Bash League titles, defeating the Adelaide Strikers by six wickets in front a sold-out crowd at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Sunday. Needing 162 runs for victory, the Heat made a steady start before losing New Zealand international Maddy Green off the bowling of Tahlia McGrath (2-34).
Green’s departure saw big-hitting all-rounder Sammy-Jo Johnson come to the crease and she made an immediate impact, hammering 27 runs off 11 balls including four sixes off one Sophie Devine (1-46) over. Her innings was short lived, but opener Beth Mooney ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over along with Jess Jonassen who contributed a vital 33 from 28 balls. Grace Harris came and went in the space of six balls, but a quick-fire 19 from 11 balls from sister Laura was enough to see the Heat home in the penultimate over.
An upset was on the cards early when the Heat dismissed Player of the Tournament Sophie Devine for just five. Strikers captain Suzie Bates (27) settled the ship with the help of Tahlia McGrath, the duo putting on 59 runs before the latter fell to Johnson, with Bates dismissed the following over. When spinner Jess Jonassen claimed the wicket of Katie Mack (6) the Strikers were 4-79 and on the back foot.
Leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington came to the crease and produced the innings her team was after, hitting 55 off 33 balls to register her first half-century of the season and help boost the Strikers’ total to 7-161.