Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Amanda Wellington creates history as Brisbane Heat bow out. Amanda Wellington bagged 5 for 8 to hurt Brisbane Heat.
Amanda Wellington bagged 5 for 8 to hurt Brisbane Heat.
Amanda Wellington registered the best figures in WBBL history on Wednesday (November 24) to knock Brisbane Heat out of the competition. Wellington broke Molly Strano's record to finish with stunning figures of 5/8 as Brisbane Heat crawled to post only 114/8, a total that was easily overhauled by Adelaide Strikers.
The win now takes Strikers one step closer to the final as they will now take on Melbourne Renegades in the Challenger on Thursday. Heat made a disastrous start after being asked to bat first as Darcie Brown got rid of Georgia Redmayne for just 1. From thereon, Wellington took charge as she kept making regular breakthroughs.
Grace Harris was stumped for a stuttering 27-ball 17 whereas Mikayla Hinkley was also dismissed in the same over. The legspinner then bamboozled the opposition with further breakthroughs as she went on to dismiss Jess Jonassen and Laura Kimmince in back-to-back overs to leave Heat reeling at 47/6 in the 11th over. Five out of those six wickets were bagged by the 24-year-old who also became just the fifth bowler to pick up 100 wickets in the competition's history.
Nicola Hancock saved her side from further embarrassment and chipped in with a handy cameo to push the total beyond 100. She made 40 off just 26 balls and was dismissed only in the final over as Heat finished with 114/8 in their quota.
Even though Dane van Niekerk was dismissed early in the chase, her opening partner Katie Mack was solid at the other and remained unbeaten on 50 off 42 balls to seal the win. Skipper Tahlia McGrath was more aggressive in her approach and scored at a strike rate over 140 as Strikers got home with 21 balls to spare.
Brief scores: Brisbane Heat Women 114/8 in 20 overs (Nicola Hancock 40; Amanda Wellington 5/8, Darcie Brown 2/18) lost to Adelaide Strikers Women 118/2 in 16.3 overs (Katie Mack 50*, Tahlia McGrath 38*; Poonam Yadav 1/19) by 8 wickets