Amelia Kerr helped guide Brisbane Heat to victory against the Hobart Hurricanes at Allan Border Field. Picture: Getty Images
Amelia Kerr helped guide Brisbane Heat to victory against the Hobart Hurricanes at Allan Border Field. Picture: Getty Images

Teen star powers Heat to thrilling victory

A blistering knock from teenage superstar Amelia Kerr handed Brisbane Heat a thrilling five-wicket win against the odds to round out the WBBL Brisbane Festival at Allan Border Field.

The Kiwi leg spinner showed she's no one-trick pony with a matchwinning 28 from 18 deliveries to sink the Hobart Hurricanes with one ball to spare.

Set 8-123 to win, Brisbane found themselves down 5-82 in the 15th over when skipper Kirby Short (17 from 21) holed out off the bowling of Australian star Nicola Carey.

Undeterred, Kerr joined the in-form Beth Mooney (44* from 50) at the crease and worked her first six balls for four runs before unleashing with four boundaries in the 18th over.

The Silver Fern's bat saw Brisbane race from 5-95 to 5-114 and the pair combined to peel off the next nine runs with practiced efficiency.

 

Amelia Kerr helped guide Brisbane Heat to victory against the Hobart Hurricanes at Allan Border Field. Picture: Getty Images
Amelia Kerr helped guide Brisbane Heat to victory against the Hobart Hurricanes at Allan Border Field. Picture: Getty Images

 

Earlier, Grace Harris (4) cracked a boundary to open Brisbane's innings before holing out in the first over and things were looking grim for the Heat when Mooney copped a Vlaeminck short ball to the forearm.

Jess Jonassen looked the goods after cracking three boundaries from Vlaeminck's next over but fell victim to a loose shot before Maddy Green and Laura Harris departed in quick succession.

 

Beth Mooney of the Heat plays a shot. Picture: Getty Images
Beth Mooney of the Heat plays a shot. Picture: Getty Images

 

Earlier, sharp fielding and a Jonassen masterclass helped restrict the Hobart Hurricanes to 8-123.

Jonassen (4-20 form four overs) starred with ball in hand, picking up the early wicket of Erin Fazackerly (9) before blitzing through the Hurricanes middle order with three wickets in five balls.

Hobart were cruising at 3-83 at the start of the 14th over until Jonassen removed English all-rounder Fran Wilson (7) lbw and the visitors were suddenly in a spin when South African power-hitter Chloe Tryon departed for a golden duck.

Hurricanes skipper Corrine Hall (2) survived the hat-trick ball but lasted just two more deliveries as Jonassen had her trapped in front for her fourth wicket of the day.

 

Jessica Jonassen celebrates taking a wicket for the Heat. Picture: Getty Images
Jessica Jonassen celebrates taking a wicket for the Heat. Picture: Getty Images

 

Her brilliant 3-2 spell Hobart in all sorts and things only got worse for the Cane Train when Delissa Kimmince ran out Maisy Gibson in the 17th over.

Heather Knight (61 from 49 deliveries) was the Hurricanes' saving grace and brought up her seventh WBBL fifty in the 18th over while some late fireworks from Tayla Vlaeminck (14 from 12) helped Hobart build a defendable total.

Sammy-Jo Johnson (1-16 from four overs) was again brilliant for the Heat, collecting the wickets of Nicola Carey and Stefanie Dafarra while Amelia Kerr (0-23 from four overs) was again economical.