WOMEN’S BIG BASH LEAGUE 2018-19
Cricbuzz Staff •
After returning 3 for 12, Sammy-Jo Johnson raced through to a 14-ball 30 in a chase that lasted less than even nine overs. © Getty
Brisbane Heat Women sealed their semifinal spot after a dominant seven-wicket win over Melbourne Stars at the Gabba, led by Sammy-Jo Johnson’s all-round outing. After returning 3 for 12, she raced through to a 14-ball 30 in a chase that lasted less than even nine overs.
After opting to bowl, Heat would’ve been mightily pleased with their bowlers restricting the Stars to just 88 in 19.5 overs thanks to Johnson and Delissa Kimmince’s four-wicket haul, as the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals. Johnson struck off the first ball of the match and accounted for both the openers, and Katey Martin in her three overs on the trot.
Mignon du Preez forged a lone battle for her 27 runs in 35 balls, top-scoring, with Alana King the next-best with 14. Heat kept things tight towards the end too as Kimmince ran through the lower order. Of the 88 on the board for the Stars, 12 of the 13 extras, were gifted to them through wides.
Although Heat lost Grace Harris early, the chase was completed with little fuss. Beth Mooney steadied the innings upfront before Johnson took over, along with Jess Jonassen (34* off 14) to take their side over the line.
Heat will play Sydney Thunder on Saturday in Cairns before the semifinals later in the month. Stars, who are seventh on the points table, have just four wins from 13 games, with their last game against Sydney Sixers on Monday.
Brief scores: Melbourne Stars 88 in 19.5 overs (Mignon du Preez 27; Sammy-Jo Johnson 3-12, Delissa Kimmince 4-18) lost to Brisbane Heat 91/3 in 8.4 overs (Sammy-Jp Johnson 30, Jess Jonassen 34*) by seven wickets.