Recent Match Report – Heat vs Strikers Challenger 2022/23

Recent Match Report – Heat vs Strikers Challenger 2022/23

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

Bridget Patterson’s late strike under pressure propelled the Adelaide Strikers to a tense six-wicket victory over a botched Brisbane Heat and a second straight WBBL final.

The Challenger was the swing of a contest with Strikers trying their luck in a nervous chase, with Patterson and Madeline Penna the heroes to spark jubilant scenes at the Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide.

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.

It meant nine points were needed last time out with Heat skipper Jess Jonassen backing leg-beater Amelia Kerr with the season on the line. two bullets to spare for her after enduring heartbreak in last season’s WBBL final against the Perth Scorchers.

Heat’s misalignment proves costly

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.

After grabbing early wickets from Katie Mack and skipper Tahlia McGrath, Courtney Grace Sippel’s lost outfield catches proved costly.

Deandra Dottin, in particular, savored her second chance as she piled more misery on Sippel with a six midway through a scoring streak to put the Strikers in a decent halfway position.

Dottin’s cameo ended when she fell under Jonassen’s spin and was brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Georgia Redmayne. But disaster struck when Redmayne injured her left calf after celebrating the dismissal. She hobbled off the floor and was replaced out of play as Heat had to regroup quickly.

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.

Fly-half Danni Wyatt had the best score with 52 against the Hurricanes, but fell to second against in-form speedy Megan Schutt.

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.

Laura Harris again provides the fireworks

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.

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