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Cadbury Match Moments - Match Report: Heat too strong for Hurricanes at Blundstone

23 November 2019

The Hurricanes have bowed out of finals contention losing to the Brisbane heat by seven runs in a high scoring entertaining game at Blundstone Arena.

Hurricanes skipper Corinne Hall won the toss and sent top of the table Brisbane Heat in to bat and the decision payed off early. Belinda Vakawera continued her excellent tournament by dismissing the in form Beth Mooney for 4 in her first over well caught by Fran Wilson at point.

Tayla Vlaeminck bowling with great pace picked up a wicket in her second over when Sammy Jo Johnson mistimed an attempted pull and skied a ball to Erin Fazackerley at mid on before she had scored.

Heat then recovered with an excellent stand of 47 off 37 balls between Jess Jonassen and Maddy Green for the third wicket.

The Hurricanes were brought back in to the game in the 9th over when Maisy Gibson had Green stumped for 24. Just one run later Jonassen holed out to Fazackerley at long on for 29 and the team in purple was right back in it. Brisbane Heat was  4 for 58 in the 10th over.

The game changed again when the Harris sisters Laura and Grace in a rare partnership for the Heat put on 40 runs off 25 balls for the 5th wicket.

The partnership was broken when Laura Harris on 18 hit a ball from Erin Fazackerley to Chloe Tryon at mid off. She made 18 runs off 12 balls.

Amelia Kerr then joined Grace Harris in the middle and the pair put on 36 runs from 16 balls.

Brisbane continued to build a competitive total. Kerr and Delissa Kimmince put on 22 off 11 balls. The Heat could then consider a total in excess of 150, they would have been happy with its final total of 9/157.

Prior to this game the average opening stand for the Hurricanes in WBBL05 was 12. Erin Fazackerley and Fran Wilson then set about batting through the power play and laid an excellent platform of 0/52 after the first six overs. The highlight of the partnership was Fazackerley taking 20 runs off Jess Jonassen’s first over. It was exhilarating batting from the tall right hander.

Unfortunately, the Hurricanes lost two wickets in the first over after the power play. Fazackerley was caught behind for 35 off 21 balls. Then in a disastrous end to the over Heather Knight was run out attempting a second and was out for 1.

Six runs later Nicola Carey couldn’t repeat her match winning innings from mid week and was caught behind for 5.

Corinne Hall and Wilson did their best to stay with the run rate, Hall fell to a brilliant one handed catch by the Heat keeper Beth Mooney off the bowling of Georgia Prestwidge for 16 off 13 balls.

Despite the mounting task in front of her Fran Wilson kept at it. She added 19 for the 5th wicket with Sasha Moloney who was playing her first game of the tournament. Wilson fell to a good diving catch at point by Sammy Jo Johnson for an excellent 32 off 36 balls.

When Moloney was bowled by Johnson for 18 off 15 it all rested on the shoulders of Chloe Tryon.

Hurricanes were given renewed hope when Tryon and Maisy Gibson took 15 off the penultimate over.

Needing 17 off the final over a win was not out of the question. Brisbane Heat are a very good defensive team and they didn’t let the Hurricanes steal a late win. Tryon was bowled off the third ball of the last over for 21 off 12 .

Amelia Kerr added to her excellent innings with a spell of 2 for 16 off her 4 overs. In a high quality game she was the obvious choice for player of the match.

It was a disappointing result but there was good news for the Hurricanes during the game. Belinda Vakawera who took her tournament tally of wickets to 18 in her spell of 3 for 17 was named in the Australia A squads for the limited series against India next month.