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Heat burns the Stars at new home away from home

Hailed Burkett (left) of the Heat and Beth Mooney (right) of the Heat celebrate the wicket of Katie Mack of the Stars during the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) cricket match between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars at Harrup Park, Mackay on Friday, January 12.
Hailed Burkett (left) of the Heat and Beth Mooney (right) of the Heat celebrate the wicket of Katie Mack of the Stars during the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) cricket match between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars at Harrup Park, Mackay on Friday, January 12. GLENN HUNT

THE Brisbane Heat have six wins in a row in their sights after a five-wicket victory over the Melbourne Stars at Harrup Park on Friday.

Playing in front of thousands of fans at their new home away from home in Mackay, the Heat, led by star batter Beth Mooney, didn't disappoint.

With the Heat needing 134 to win in sweltering conditions after the Stars reached 3/133 off their 20 overs, Mooney proved the difference.

Continuing her run of red hot form, Mooney smashed 57 off 38 deliveries to become the Women's Big Bash League's (WBBL) leading run scorer, while setting up the Heat's win.

Mooney was dismissed in the 12th over following a shrewd stumping by Stars' keeper Nicole Faltum, but Australian all-rounder Jessica Jonassen continued the job to secure the victory.

 

After Stars' spinners Alana King (2-22) and Kristen Beams (1-16) began to take control, Rockhampton's Jonassen lifted in a strong cameo late.

Finishing with 23, Jonassen delivered the dream ending for the pro-Heat fans who packed the ground with a six over long on to secure the victory in the 19th over.

With the ball, West Indian Deandra Dottin was the stand out for the Heat, returning figures of 2/13 off her three overs.

For the Stars, Katie Mack made 57 opening the batting, and South African star import Mignon du Preez was also solid, hitting 30 off 35 balls.

Game two between the sides gets underway tonight (Saturday) at 6.30pm, with another big crowd expected.

Topics:  beth mooney big bash brisbane heat brisbane heat women's cricket harrup park jess jonassen mackay mackay sport melbourne stars sport wbbl women's big bash league


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