Redmayne, Heath and Jonassen help Heat down Hurricanes

Redmayne, Heath and Jonassen help Heat down Hurricanes

Brisbane heat 184 for 5 (Redmayne 70, Heath 51, Ismail 2-22) won Hobart Hurricanes 131 (B Smith 28, Jonassen 4-20) by 53 runs

Half a century earlier, Brisbane Heat duo Georgia Redmayne and Bess Heath recorded a 53-run victory over Hobart Hurricanes to keep them in the hunt for top spot in the WBBL standings.

After being sent to Allan Border Field on Wednesday, the Heat’s impressive total of 184 for 5 was set thanks to a 92-run stand between Redmayne and Heath for the second wicket. Redmayne played the anchor role scoring 70 off 53 balls, while Heath scored 51 off just 26, including five fours and three sixes.

The Hurricanes started well in the chase and were 48 for no loss in the sixth over before the Heat bowlers tightened the screws with relentless pressure to bowl out the visitors for 131. Heat captain Jess Jonassen returned her best figures of the season with 4 of 20.

Heath had his first chance to move up the order and he made the most of it with a strong hit. The visitors had a surprise on the field at the beginning of the innings and dropped five catches. Heath was a beneficiary. Since his life was early, the 22-year-old was in an aggressive mood.

His strength at the wicket came to the fore with strong pulls and cuts. She was also harsh on the spinners and bowled Ruth Johnston for six consecutive sixes.

“There were discussions about including me early during the powerplay to try and fill that batting role,” Heath told AAP.

“I like to create momentum and go after the ball.

“They backed me to go out and play my brand of cricket so it was good to get some runs and win.”

Player of the match Redmayne recaptured the form she had last season for the Heat when she was the team’s leading scorer, scoring her second half-century in three games. She drove elegantly, cut and pulled clinically and scored the shot.

Former South Africa captain Mignon du Preez (26 not out off 15) had a useful late cameo for the Heat against her former team.

Hurricanes opening bowler Shabnim Ismail was impressive for the visitors, taking 2 for 22 in four overs.

Lizelle Lee (24 off 18) and Bryony Smith (28 off 19) gave the Hurricanes a blistering early start in the run chase, but once they were dismissed, wickets fell regularly.

With the win, Heat moved to 14 points, level with Perth at the top of the table.