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Cricket news - Heat consolidate top spot with seventh straight win

Grace Harris top-scored for Heat with 43 off 27.

Brisbane Heat solidified their lead at the top of the table with a seven-run win over Hobart Hurricanes in the Women's Big Bash League encounter at Hobart's Bellerive Oval. By the virtue of their seventh victory on the trot, Heat also became the first team to book a semifinals slot in the fifth season of WBBL. Heat now have 18 points while Hurricanes continue to languish at last but one with only seven points.

At the center of Heat's win was Grace Harris, who scored 43 off 27 to help the total to 157/9 in the allotted 20 overs. Grace hit five fours and two sixes, walking in at 57/3 in the 10th over to not just push the scoring rate but also offset a poor start. Beth Mooney and Sammy-Jo Johnson had been dismissed inside three overs. That's when Maddy Green and Jess Jonassen put on 47 runs for the third wicket before both were sent back in the tenth over by Maisy Gibson.

Grace, helped by handy contributions from Laura Harris (18 off 12) and Amelia Kerr (21 off 16) took the total to something that proved beyond Hobart Hurricanes' reach. But the win wasn't without a mini scare towards the end.

Chloe Tryon played a cameo of 21 off 12 down at No. 7. 31 runs were needed in the last two overs. Jonassen conceded three boundaries to Tryon in the 19th over, but the latter fell in the next over to Delissa Kimmince, all but sealing a win for the Heat.

Hurricanes were off to a solid start in the run-chase. Erin Fazackerley and Fran Wilson put on 52 runs in quick time for the first wicket. Fazackerley fell first ball after the powerplay to Amelia Kerr, who would go on to bowl her four overs for 16 runs and two wickets. Heather Knight was also run out in the same over. From 52/0 in 6 overs, the scorecard read 59/3 in 8.3 overs.

Sasha Moloney (18 off 15) and Tyron would score some runs towards the end but Heather Knight and Nicola Carey scoring a total of six runs between them hurt their side in the chase. In the end, 17 runs off the last over proved to be too tall a task.

Brief Scores: Brisbane Heat Women 157/9 in 20 overs (Grace Harris 43; Belinda Vakarewa 3-17) beat Hobart Hurricanes Women 150/7 in 20 overs (Erin Fazackerley 35, Fran Wilson 32; Amelia Kerr 2-16) by 7 runs.

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