Brisbane drops Maddy Green for Nadine de Klerk, while Heat-Skipper Jess Jonassen wins the throw and decides against Sydney Thunder
Brisbane Heat removed New Zealand batsman Maddy Green from Semi-Finals XI to face the Sydney Thunder to secure a spot in the third consecutive final.
Green had played every game for the Heat throughout the season, but after just 129 runs out of 12 and a hit rate of 88, the Heat opted for an additional bowling option instead, which included South African all-rounder Nadine de Klerk.
The heat bowls first after captain Jess Jonassen wins the litter, while the Thunders named an unchanged XI after winning in a row on the last weekend of the regular season.
Brisbane Heat XI: Grace Harris, Georgia Redmayne (week), Jessica Jonassen (c), Georgia Voll, Amelia Kerr, Laura Kimmince, Charli Knott, Nadine de Klerk, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Prestwidge, Nicola Hancock.
Sydney Thunder XI: Tammy Beaumont, Rachel Trenaman, Heather Knight, Rachael Haynes (c), Phoebe Litchfield, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Tahlia Wilson (wk), Hannah Darlington, Lauren Smith, Shabnim Ismail, Sam Bates.
Sydney Thunder Fast Shabnim Ismail will set a pace at the Brisbane Heat in the second semi-final of the Rebel WBBL on Thursday evening.
Ismail was at her best in the last game of the Thunder against the Hurricanes on Sunday, and a fiery opening spell brought Hobart down to 3-4.
Thunder captain Rachael Haynes wants more of what their club has to offer to crush Heat’s hopes for a third straight title.
« That was the fastest bowling I’ve seen in a while, » Haynes told Cricket. com. Au this week.
« It was quick, it was fiery, and all you could say was that the Batters weren’t particularly comfortable out there.
« When you’re on your team and that happens in the middle . . . you know she’s a special player who can take off really big, so we hope she can do more of that. «
Brisbane Heat took the points the last time the teams left, a win that started their current run with seven wins.
This will be the first final for the new captain Jess Jonassen, who is responsible for the heat, but she supports her thorough pre-tournament preparation to stand up to anything the thunder throws at her.
« We are pretty confident that after these seven wins, after three losses in a row, we could achieve these results early on »
« We knew we weren’t too far away during these losses and we still have a lot to improve.
« We did a lot of behind-the-scenes work in Brisbane, a lot of scenario-based work that I think really helped us with this tournament.
« We have been able to come out and get the job done in many different situations and on many different surfaces. «
Ismail will be looking to target in shape heat opener Georgia Redmayne, who took her T20 game to a new level in her first season, so that Brisbane becomes their lead runscorer and helps fill a hole that the departure of the Australian star left Beth Mooney.
« I know the work she has done, especially on her batting trying to take advantage of these aggressive options, and I’m really glad she was able to get results and move us to the top more often bring. «
Brisbane Heat: Jess Jonassen (c), Maddy Green, Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris, Amelia Kerr, Delissa Kimmince, Laura Kimmince, Nadine de Klerk, Charli Knott, Georgia Prestwidge, Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll
Sydney Thunder: Rachael Haynes (c), Samantha Arnold, Sam Bates, Tammy Beaumont, Hannah Darlington, Saskia Horley, Shabnim Ismail, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Heather Knight, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Lauren Smith, Rachel Trenaman, Tahlia Wilson
During the regular season, honors were split between the heat and the thunder, with the Sydney Club having its first ever rain-hit 14-run encounter (DLS). .
Rachel Trenaman, 28, and Tammy Beaumont, 30, hit first under threatening skies, laying the groundwork with a 71-run opening stand when the Thunder went from 12 to 3-80. 1 overs as the sky opened which forced a long delay.
Put a revised 45 out of five overs to win. The heat collapsed against a spin-heavy Thunder attack capped at 7-30 in response as the Sydney team scored a 14-run (DLS) win.
But the heat had the final laugh the second time and thundered at eight wickets with 21 balls remaining.
Georgia Redmayne and Amelia Kerr put the heat back on the winners’ list in style, with Kerr’s 4-20 match-turning spells limiting the strong Thunder batting team to 9-111.
Redmayne then hit 59 of 45 deliveries and partnered with 17-year-old all-rounder Georgia Voll, who failed to find the limit five times in Run-a-Ball 31. Century by WBBL | 06 from 42 deliveries.
It was a much needed form reversal from the two-time reigning champions and started their current run of seven straight wins.
When they got into the season, the main question mark hanging over the heat was how they would fill the hole Beth Mooney left in the top of the order. You’d never find another tournament scorer to fill that void, but Georgia Redmayne stood out in her best WBBL season to date, scooping 332 runs with a 117 hit rate, while the Heat consistently found contributions from other members of the strike order, including 17-year-old Georgia Voll and a reborn Laura Kimmince.
With the ball, Amelia Kerr has improved over the course of the tournament, while Nicola Hancock has proven to be a valuable addition to the tempo attack in the absence of the late Sammy-Jo Johnson, bringing them heat (pardon the pun) attack in the power play.
Heather Knight challenged Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine for the Recruit of the Season title and produced a stellar bat campaign with 403 runs out of 127. 53 and to make useful contributions with their off-spin. She was well supported by Rachael Haynes while Phoebe Litchfield improved over the course of the tournament.
Where the Thunders really thrive is with their bowling attack. Shabnim Ismail, Sammy-Jo Johnson and Hannah Darlington are among the form-tempo bowlers in the competition, while Sam Bates excelled with her left arm spin.
The Heat didn’t have the major contributions they would have wanted from two of their lead batters in opener Grace Harris, which averages 24 with a hit rate of 95. 23 and captain Jonassen, who with an average of 19 did not reach the same heights as last season. 27 and deletes at 112. If these two key players can get into their best form at the right time, the Heat’s hopes for three types of peat will get a noticeable boost.
Likewise, the Thunder have struggled to find consistent contributions from their fighters outside of Haynes and Knight. Tammy Beaumont had problems at times, as did opener colleague Rachel Trenaman, while all-rounder Johnson – apart from an outrageous punch of 30 against 13 – didn’t hit the pinch she would have liked.
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