Brisbane Heat became the champion of the 2019 Women’s Big Bash League after beating Adelaide Strikers six goals on Sunday, December 8, at Allan Border Field.
The victory meant that Brisbane defended the title they had won last year and is the most successful team in the history of the tournament alongside Sydney Sixers, with two each.
Brisbane managed to hold Adelaide 161/7 after beating her and beat Sophie Devine’s wicket prematurely. Afterward, when Beth Mooney scored half a century, Brisbane went through the chase with 11 balls.
The wicket of Devine in the second over the day possibly had a psychological impact on both sides; Devine set fire to the tournament for nine-half centuries, but their early defeat meant strikers had to search for runs for the first time in a long time this season.
Suzie Bates (27 of 24) and Tahlia McGrath (33 of 20) revived the innings after the early defeat, but their layoffs in successive Overs left the Strikers at 67/3 in the ninth. After that, the runs slowed down, and with the fight between Katie Mack (6) and Bridget Patterson (12), Amanda-Jade Wellington was the gate load imposed.
Wellington did an extraordinary job and scored a nice 33-ball 55 to boost the total to a defensible lead. She was the last wicket player to fall in the innings. Despite her efforts, Brisbane was confident that she would pursue the goal at home.
Mooney starred as Maddy Green (11/9) and Sammy-Jo Johnson (27/11) was looking for big hits. The strategy worked well and Brisbane was able to form solid partnerships, with Jess Jonassen later joined the third wicket to Mooney and completed 67 important runs.
There were quick goals as both Jonassen and Grace Harris fell within three overs, but Laura Harris came to the end and scored a 19 * with 11 balls, including the winning runs, to seal another famous triumph for Brisbane.