Redmayne, Heath and Jonassen help mitigate tornadoes – LSB

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

Half-centuries to Brisbane Heat duo Georgia Redmayne and Bess Heath sealed a 53-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes to keep them in the hunt for top spot on the WBBL ladder.

Sent to Allan Border Field on Wednesday, the Heat’s impressive total of 184 for 5 was set up by a 92-run stand between Redmayne and Heath for the second wicket. Redmayne played the anchor role as he scored 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 unbeaten in the sixth over before the Heat spinners turned the screws with relentless pressure to bowl out the visitors for 131. Heat skipper Jess Jonassen returned her best figures of the season with 4 for 20.

Heath got her first chance in the rankings and made the most of it with a powerful strike. The visitors were rocked by the pitch to start the innings and dropped five catches. Heath was the beneficiary. Given his early life, the 22-year-old was in an aggressive mood.

Her power square from the wicket came to the fore with powerful pulls and cuts. It was also tough on the spinners and lofted Ruth Johnston for successive sixes down the ground.

“There were discussions about my position early on during the game to try and play that batsman role,” Heath told AAP.

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

“They supported me to go out and play my style of cricket, so it was good to get some runs and a win.”

Player of the match Redmayne recaptured the form she had last season for the Heat when she was the team’s top-scorer, scoring her second half-century in three matches. It drove elegantly, cut and towed clinically and overcame strike.

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

Hurricanes opening bowler Shabnim Ismail was impressive for the visitors as he took 2 for 22 from four overs.

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

The victory saw Heat raise its score to 14 points, equal with Perth at the top of the standings.

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