Adelaide Strikers Women 156 for 4 (Wolvaardt 47, Patterson 45*, Knott 1-27) defeated Brisbane Heat Women 154 for 8 (A Kerr 43, L Harris 33, Schutt 3-26) by six wickets
Heat had their chances but regretted four lost strikes as the Strikers look to redeem themselves for last season’s final heartbreak when they meet the Sydney Sixers on Saturday at the North Sydney Oval.
Patterson intervenes on death
The strikers played and delayed the build-up until the 18th with 33 points still needed. It proved a masterstroke after scoring 24 points culminating in a huge six on a deep square leg from Patterson, who was unfazed by the situation.
Maybe they were tired after having to step back after last night’s Eliminator win over the Hobart Hurricanes, but Heat had only themselves to blame.
But their poor lineup, which boiled over from a botched effort against the Hurricanes, haunted them as they were excruciatingly short.
Strikers crash into strong Heat standings
Going into the do-or-die game, it loomed as a contest between the Strikers’ brilliant offense and the Heat’s dynamic striking.
Dressmaker Darcie Brown threatened to upset Redmayne, who looked rusty against the Hurricanes after returning from a hamstring injury.
Redmayne continued to look like a shadow of the player who dominated earlier in the season, before a confidence-boosting borderline thanks to the square leg. But she was knocked down by Brown on the next delivery attempting the same shot, as Heat collapsed to 13-for-2 in the third over.
But Grace fell in the eighth, leaving Heat shaking at 43-3.
After Amelia helped stabilize the ship, Heat needed a lift from Laura Harris who again obliged with force shots.
She transformed the game against the Hurricanes with 44 from 14 balls and almost replicated that here with a 14-ball 33, mixing belligerence and finesse after coming into the crease at 88-4 after 14 overs. She crushed Brown on four boundaries in the 17th, but her best shot might have been an outrageous switch hit by Schutt that exploded to the deep third boundary.
Schutt got revenge on the next ball, but Laura’s pyrotechnics helped lift Heat to a competitive total. But in the end, that wasn’t enough.