Heat post 7-179 against Hurricanes in WBBL

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Laura Harris came close to posting the fastest half-century in WBBL history as she powered the Brisbane Heat to 7-179 in The Eliminator with Hobart Hurricanes in Adelaide.

Danielle Wyatt (52 on 38 balls) gave the Heat a quick start in Wednesday night’s game, but it was Harris who stole the show after Brisbane’s mid-inning wobble.

Harris hit six fours and three sixes to make it 44 on 13 balls.

The WBBL’s fastest half-century came earlier this month when Melbourne Stars all-rounder Tess Flintoff hit 50 from 16 deliveries.

Harris set out to beat that mark as he attempted to slow his 14th delivery for a six.

But Nicola Carey’s delivery escaped the bat and crashed into the stumps, ending the shot.

Harris was particularly brutal in the two-man Power Surge, with the Heat posting 36 points in the 13th and 14th overs.

The Heat would have made an even bigger total if it weren’t for Hurricanes spinner Amy Smith, who posted 3-21 numbers over four overs.

Smith’s good work started in the 10th when she beat Wyatt, then followed it up with the scalp of Grace Harris LBW four balls later.

She came back on offense to trap Jessica Jonassen for one in the 16th, putting a momentary damper on the Heat.

Charli Knott (23no on 16 balls) and Nicola Hancock (15no on nine balls) added some practical runs on the death to ensure the Heat finished with another flurry of runs.

Flyhalf Georgia Redmayne, who has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, scored 14 of 13 before hitting a strike.

The winner of Wednesday night’s game will face Adelaide Strikers in The Challenger on Thursday, with the winner taking on the Sydney Sixers in Saturday’s final.

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