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Match report: Heat v Hurricanes

30 October 2021

The Hurricanes fell to the Heat in an entertaining affair at University of Tasmania stadium this evening, falling just short of a very difficult total in a spirited run chase.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl, the 'Canes were aware of the importance of an early wicket to break the dangerous partnership of Georgia Redmayne and Grace Harris. Tayla Vlaeminck was locked in from the get go, but the Hurricanes were unable to capitalise and the Heat surged to 0-61 through the first eight overs.

When the Heat safely reached the innings halfway point at 0-84, the 'Canes were in desperate need of a lift, and Vlaeminck once again stepped up with a fiery display of aggressive bowling that encouraged the the team in purple, even if it didn’t provide the much needed wicket.

Redmayne and Harris both raised the bat for their half centuries and as the total continued to balloon out well over 100 without loss, with 'Canes fans wondering if they would ever see that first wicket. Thankfully, Amy Smith managed to turn a nifty piece of fielding into a desperately needed run-out, removing Harris on 75 in the fifteenth over, leaving the Heat at 1-140.

Thankfully, this seemed to light a spark under the Hurricanes outfit, and Ruth Johnston clean bowled Laura Kimmince on 2 just three balls later.  Richa Ghosh managed to run out Georgia Voll a couple of overs later, and the 'Canes began to slow the run rate a little and restrict the damage at 3-163.

Molly Strano finally got the big wicket of Redmayne in the second last over of the innings, caught in the outfield on 64, before a Ruth Johnston run out and stumping in the final over of play saw the Heat finish on 6-170.

Left with a difficult task, the 'Canes were once again subject to an early wicket that they really couldn’t afford, losing Priest LBW for nine in the third over of the innings.  Fellow opener, Ruth Johnston, was next to fall, unable to replicate her heroics with the ball, departing for three and leaving the 'Canes in trouble on 2-16 through four overs.

The pairing of Mignon du Preez and Richa Ghosh came to the Hurricanes rescue, playing with power and pulling out all the tricks to finally kickstart the run chase. The duo brought up the Hurricanes 50, before Richa was bowled on 16.

As was the case last time out, Du Preez began playing with confidence and looked the most likely to pull the 'Canes back into the game. The South African took control of the innings alongside Nicola Carey, who was scoring at a run a ball herself. With six overs to play, the 'Canes were 3-105, and it was time to flick the switch.  Du Preez did just that, bringing up her 50 in rapid fashion and pushing the total along with it.

A handful of boundaries, including a monster six from du Preez, brought the Canes’ within 40 runs with four overs to play. Unfortunately, that was where a spectacular innings for du Preez came to an end, caught behind on 73 after smashing 10 boundaries and giving the Hurricanes a real chance.

Just three balls later, Carey’s busy innings also came to an end, falling on 31 off just 26 balls, an extremely valuable contribution that left the 'Canes 5-137 with just under thee overs remaining. The Hurricanes tail were valiant, but unsuccessful, finishing 14 runs shy on 9-156.

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Brisbane Heat Women

Hobart Hurricanes Women

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