Rachel Priest, the captain of the Hobart Hurricanes, bludgeoned a century to lead her club to a stunning WBBL victory in Hobart over the Melbourne Stars. Priest’s 107 runs off 68 balls, which included ten fours and seven sixes, was the fourth-highest total in WBBL history and the best by an overseas player. She also drove in 70 percent of Hobart’s 4 for 152 total, with only 36 runs coming from the other five batters. Georgia Redmayne’s unbroken half-century and a spectacular cameo from Jess Jonassen helped Brisbane Heat upset Perth Scorchers in Hobart.
Redmayne anchored the innings throughout the 20 overs, scoring 59 not out from 52 balls faced. Before Sophie Devine broke it, she and Grace Harris put up a 68-run opening stand. The Scorchers’ bowlers, on the other hand, slammed the brakes on the Heat batters in the middle overs, with Heather Graham delivering 14 dots in her four-over spell to take 2 for 15.
Match: Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes 18th Match, WBBL
Date – 26 October 2021
Time: 11:20 AM IST
Venue: Invermay Park, Launceston
It’s an older wicket that’s a little slower. Every run must be earned by the hitters in this game. Bowlers, on the other hand, only need to be disciplined since the surface is really helpful to them.
The sun will shine during the contest. The temperature is expected to be approximately 20 degrees Celsius. Humidity will be in the upper 40s.
Rachel Priest (c), Nicola Carey, Tayla Vlaeminck, Angelina Genford, Maisy Gibson, Chloe Rafferty, Amy Smith, Mignon du Preez, Richa Ghosh, Ruth Johnston, Sasha Moloney
Jess Jonassen(C), Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Poonam Yadav, Zoe Cooke, Nicola Hancock, Laura Kimmince, Mikayla Hinkley, Charli Knott, Grace Harris, Ellie Johnston.
Laura Kimmince adds a depth to the Heat’s batting order that few other teams can match. Despite only facing 86 balls last season, she was third on the sixes list with 12, and she had the highest strike rate of any hitter above 200.
Against the Perth Scorchers, Jess Jonassen was flawless with the ball. She took three wickets for 16 runs in her full quota of four overs and went on to score 18 runs with the bat.
After falling short of a hat-trick of championships last season, Heat’s late recruitment of legspinner Poonam Yadav could be a crucial piece of the puzzle. The top order will once again turn to Georgia Redmayne, but Laura Kimmince’s finishing talents, with a strike rate of 205.81 last season, provide a true X-factor down the line.
They’ll also be hoping for more progress from Georgia Voll, a youngster. While After finishing last for the third time in four seasons, the Hurricanes made some significant off-season changes. They haven’t reached the WBBL finals since 2016-17, and they’re looking to turn things around with some big-name recruits. With the arrival of Richa Ghosh and the seasoned Mignon du Preez from Stars, the batting line-up will have a fantastic blend of youth and experience, as well as power and touch.
Today’s match prediction: Hobart Hurricanes Women to win the match.