The Brisbane Heat defeated the Sydney Thunder by eight wickets on Wednesday night at Blacktown International Sportspark No. 1.
The Heat made 2/115 in reply to the 111 posted by the Thunder, who despite the loss, maintain second position on the WBBL|06 ladder on run rate.
Leg-spinner Amelia Kerr was outstanding for the Heat claiming 4-20 from her four overs followed up by a definitive half-century from opener Georgia Redmayne with 59 not out from 45 balls.
One of the highlights of the night was a brilliant grab by Rachael Haynes at mid-on. The Thunder skipper taking a a spectacular, juggling AFL-like mark to remove the opposite captain Jess Jonassen (10) and give Jonassen's former team mate Sammy-Jo Johnson (1-24) her first. At that point, the Heat were 2-29 inside the powerplay.
After winning the bat flip, the Thunder found it tough on a low pitch at Blacktown.
England captain Heather Knight (25) and Rachel Trenaman (27) both made handy contributions in a low scoring contest.
Grace Harris was the wicket the Thunder needed early to defend the small total and it was Sam Bates (1-25) who delivered again. Hannah Darlington taking the catch in the deep to remove the danger batter for 4 and give Bates her 11th wicket for WBBL|06.
But Redmayne and youngster Georgia Voll (31 not out) comfortably guided the Heat home from that point on.
PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH
Demonstrated the class she possesses at just 19 years of age stabilising the innings for the Thunder in the middle stages.
The Thunder return to Sydney Showground Stadium on Saturday night to take on the Melbourne Stars after the first match of WBBL|06 between the two sides was washed out at North Sydney Oval. Watch live on the Seven Network, Fox Cricket or Kayo Sports from 7.05pm Saturday.
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