Best-in-class bowling talent Jess Jonassen has led reigning Rebel WBBL champ Brisbane Heat to a convincing 32-run win over Sydney Thunder and back to the top of the leaderboard.
After finding their way to a seemingly modest 8-128, the Heat rolled and fielded a great roll on Saturday’s Thunder for 96 in Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval.
The Australian international Jonassen (4-13) and the sailor Delissa Kimmince (2-13) were the choices of the bowlers from Brisbane, which did not give the Thunder-Pattern a centimeter of leeway as a unit.
Tahlia Wilson (19) scored the most hits but was difficult to catch on a tricky pitch and with a slow field outside.
Out-of-form captain Rachael Haynes, Alex Blackwell, and Phoebe Litchfield also failed to build momentum as the questioning rate spiraled out of control.
Previously, Laura Harris had beaten an aggressive thirtieth, and Kiwi teenager Amelia Kerr had struck a major draw to ensure the Heat scored a defensible overall victory.
Jess Jonassen finishes with career best WBBL figures of 4-13 (🤯) and the @HeatBBL hold off a spirited bowling performance from the Thunder!— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) November 16, 2019
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Beth Mooney, the tournament’s leading runner-up, saw regular wickets fall at the other end, and though her 22 was the lowest score in the summer, her stubbornness prevented the thunder attack from tightening the screws.
Imports Nida Dar (2-15) and Shabnam Ismail (2-24) led the thunder attack, which was again crushed by the batting unit before suffering a fourth loss in a row.