No one could argue that upon winning the bat flip and electing to bowl, that was the wrong decision, with the pitch at Drummoyne Oval providing plenty of uncertainty for the Heat’s opening pair.
With Tahlia McGrath picking up the early wicket of the Brisbane's leading runscorer, Georgia Redmayne, the game was well and truly anyone’s to be won. Collecting danger pair Grace Harris and captain, Jess Jonassen was a confidence booster for the Strikers, however it was Laura Kimmince who would prove the most hazardous.
Smacking 41 from just 17 deliveries, Kimmince turned the game back onto the Heat’s terms. Prior to arriving at the crease, the Strikers had restricted the Brisbane locals to 5/71, seemingly in the box seat for a comfortable run chase.
Kimmince was eventually sent packing when a Megan Schutt delivery was skied and fell safely into the hands of Stafanie Taylor. Amanda-Jade Wellington (4/24) picked up four wickets from her three overs, including the Heat skipper, Jonassen early in the piece. After 20 overs, the Heat had lifted their total to 7/136.
Opening pair Tahlia McGrath and Katie Mack got to work early, settling in at the crease and running dangerously between the wickets. Mack was dismissed before her time thanks to some crafty glovework from Heat keeper, Redmayne. McGrath carried on, however the Strikers looked rocked after losing consistent performer Laura Wolvaardt for just 3.
Stafanie Taylor did her best to lift the run rate, up against a firm and focussed Heat bowling unit. Surviving until the 18thover, McGrath and Taylor required 29 from the final 12 balls. In an effort to secure boundaries, the pair were dismissed within two balls of one another, before the Strikers lost Madeline Penna and Bridget Patterson for no additional total.
In the end, the Strikers fell 14-runs short of victory.
The Strikers next face the Sydney Sixers tomorrow at 9:30am local time, at Drummoyne Oval.