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Brisbane Heat won their second successive WBBL title

Brisbane Heat won their second successive WBBL title

Beth Mooney's record-equalling ninth fifty of the season and Jess Jonassen's all-round effort helped Brisbane Heat to their second successive WBBL title as they defeated Adelaide Strikers by six wickets at a sold-out Allan Border Field on Sunday (December 8).

Opting to bowl first, the defending champions restricted Strikers to just 161 despite Amanda Jade-Wellington's maiden fifty of the competition, before their batting depth shone once again as Heat took down that total with 11 balls to spare.

Tournament's leading run scorer Sophie Devine - 14 away from overtaking Ellyse Perry's all-time record of an aggregate of 777 at the start of the game - fell for her first single-digit score after 10 innings, eight of which were fifties. Strikers still found a way of scoring quick runs as Suzie Bates (27 off 24) and Tahila McGrath (33 off 20) took them to 62 for 1 at the end of seven overs.

However, Sammy-Jo Johnson struck with just her second delivery of the game to put an end to McGrath's fireworks, while from the other end, Amelia Kerr took out countrymate Bates as Strikers lost both the set batters in the space of six deliveries.

Wellington arrived to the crease with the scoreboard reading 79 for 4 at the end of 11 overs, and made her intentions clear as she got off the mark straightaway with a gorgeous cover drive for four. It wasn't until the 16th over though that she took on the bowling. She hit nine boundaries en route her first fifty of the competition, off 31 balls, and a four more before she was dismissed by Jonassen off the last of the innings, giving Striker's a respectable 161.

McGrath then provided a perfect start to their defence with the wicket of Maddy Green off the first ball of the fourth over, but Johnson's brutal four sixes in an over off Devine gave Heat the thrust they needed. She fell in the same over, having made all 27 of her second-wicket partnership with Mooney.

Jonassen then joined hands with Mooney for a third-wicket stand worth 67 that all but closed the doors on Strikers. The left-arm spinner chipped in 33 off 28, that included five boundaries, and brought the asking rate down to less than run-a-ball.

Mooney equalled Devine's record of most fifties in a single season with her ninth of WBBL 2019 as she took a single to reach the landmark in 36 balls, and stayed unbeaten on 56 till the end. However, it was Laura Harris who took over the scoring as she hit McGrath for three boundaries in the 16th over to leave her team requiring just 14 off the final four overs. Harris herself hit the winning runs right at the start of the penultimate over, matching Sydney Sixers's record of successive WBBL trophies.

Brief scores: Adelaide Strikers 161/7 in 20 overs (Amanda Wellington 55, Tahil McGrath 33; Jess Jonassen 2-30, Georgia Pretwidge 2-24) lost to Brisbane Heat162/4 in 18.1 overs (Beth Mooney 56, Jess Jonassen 33; Tahila McGrath 2--34) by six wickets.

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