Danni Wyatt marked the half-century mark as the Brisbane Heat took one step closer to another Women’s Big Bash Tournament final.
Wyatt (52 of 48) and Laura Harris (44 of 14) scored the highest as the Heat beat Hobart Hurricanes by 44 runs.
Beaten by the Hurricanes at the Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide, the Heat scored 179-9 in 20 rounds, the highest score in a WBBL play-off.
Teenage crank Amy Smith (March 21) stopped the flow for a short time, but the Storm was given a huge target.
Jess Jonassen (4-23) led the ball before the Hurricanes were capped at 135-9. The win means the Heat face the Adelaide Strikers on Thursday at Karen Rolton Oval for a place in the final.
Wyatt continued her dazzling form in this year’s Big Bash, beating all-time top WBBL catcher Molly Strano in 24 runs in her first two rounds.
Wyatt and Georgia Redmayne established a partnership that lasted 34 times in the power game, but Ruth Johnston scrapped the latter (14 out of 13) to stop the line from running.
The racket didn’t stop Wyatt, who hit six rounds and two sixth rounds before Smith knocked out the British in the 10th round.
Smith had the second hit of four balls, trapping Grace Harris (1) lbw, leaving the Heat 3-72 at half-point.
Strong right-hander Harris hit 18 balls in the half-century before the Hurricanes earlier in the league, and she was in a similar mood Wednesday, hitting the boundary with her first ball.
Big Bash Women’s Prize Live
Thursday, November 24 8:05 a.m
She’s teamed up 54 runs with Georgia Voll (17) in just over three rounds and is threatening to break Tess Flintoff’s fastest 16-ball record of fifty before Nicola Carey bowls her.
Her departure caused a small fall as Jess Jonassen (1) and Voll fell in quick succession. Charlie Knott (23 not out) and Nicola Hancock (15 not out) scored in quick runs late in the game to seal 179 for the Storm.
In response, the Hurricanes increased the score to 37-0 in the powerhouse and Elyse Villani shared the opening score of 62 with Lizelle Lee, before a combination left the Australian out of 25.
Lee looked ominous as she finished after half a century, but as the mandatory rate rose to more than 12 points, pressure mounted on the South African tennis player, who had been caught by Courtney’s bowling ball. Sippel before Jess Kerr.
Needing 99 out of 51, the Heat put the pressure on and racked up six goals in 19 runs in the final five rounds for a spot in The Challenger.
They will face the Adelaide Strikers on November 23 for a spot in Saturday’s final at the North Sydney Oval against the Sydney Sixers.
Watch the Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat match live on Sky Sports Cricket from 8:10am on Thursday and the final featuring the Sydney Sixers also live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket from 8:10am on Saturday.