Brisbane Heat 139 for 6 (du Preez 60, Schutt 2-29) beat Adelaide Strikers 137 for 4 (Penna 57*, Knott 2-15) by four wickets
Chasing 138 to win following a disciplined bowling performance that only faltered late in the innings, du Preez controlled the Heat’s chase with 60 from 49, as she played brilliantly down the ground to the spinners.
But there was a brief wobble when she was caught and bowled by Amanda-Jade Wellington and Megan Schutt had Jess Jonassen caught shortly after.
But Englishwoman Bess Heath was able to get the hosts home with a streaky edge that went to the boundary with one ball to spare, after some nervy dot balls off Gibson in the final over.
Danielle Gibson also blasted 34 not out from 17 balls, helping lift the Strikers to a competitive total of 137 for 5. But it wasn’t enough.
The result snapped the Strikers’ four-game winning streak leaving them one point behind the ladder-leading Sydney Thunder, level with Perth Scorchers, and two points ahead of the fourth-placed Heat.
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