On a picture-perfect day in Launceston, the Brisbane Heat won the toss and sent the Hurricanes in to bat, which proved to be a masterstroke. Rachel Priest was clean bowled with the first delivery of the day, before Mignon Du Preez was caught on 2 in the very same over, putting the Hurricanes in a hole from the off at 3-2 after the first six balls.
Disaster struck again when Nicola Carey was removed for 5 in the second over of the day, before Sasha Moloney was dismissed for nought in third over as the nightmare start continued for the 'Canes.
In dire straits at 4-15, opener Ruth Johnston and Richa Ghosh set about repairing some of the damage, and began to settle in. The pair added 45 runs without loss before Richa was caught on 22 trying to find the rope.
While it appeared the Hurricanes had steadied - with Johnston in particular playing well - they were in trouble again immediately as Naomi Stalenberg was caught and bowled for the third duck of the innings, leaving the 'Canes at 6-60 with a little over eight overs to play.
When Molly Strano joined Johnston at the crease, the 'Canes needed something special, and that’s exactly what they got, as the pair added 47 runs to the next wicket to the delight of the local crowd. Johnston started playing with power and precision, while Strano contributed brilliantly herself with a variety of clever shots.
Johnston eventually fell in the 18th over for a spectacular 47 off 42 balls when the 'Canes needed it most, with 5 fours and a 6 to lift the team in purple to 7-107 when she departed. Not done yet, the 'Canes tail continued to wag as Tayla Vlaeminck joined in on the fun, blasting a 6 to receive a standing ovation from the fans.
After making a crucial 33 runs off just 24 balls, the plucky Strano fell in the final over of the day, leaving Vlaeminck (11*) and Amy Smith (4*) standing at the end of the innings, with the Canes’ posting a defendable 8-132.
The 'Canes were subject to yet more bad luck in the early overs of an innings, when keeper and captain, Priest, left the field with a finger complaint at the end of the first over, leaving Richa Ghosh to assume duties behind the stumps and Molly Strano to take over captaincy.
The Heat looked comfortable and were in total control of the game, reaching 0-52 off 7 overs before an explosive over from talisman Nicola Carey turned the tides. Carey first had Georgia Redmayne caught behind brilliantly by Ghosh on 22, before clean bowling Georgia Voll for nought just 3 balls later.
At the halfway mark of the innings, the Heat were 2-65 and the game was in the balance, but the Hurricanes were unable to make the crucial breakthrough they needed. Brisbane re-assumed control of the game, and were able to bat out the innings on the way to an eight-wicket victory with nine balls to spare, a result that didn’t do the contest full justice in its one-sided appearance.