Inspired Stars too hot for the Heat
THE Brisbane Heat's unbeaten run has come to an end after a heavy loss to the Melbourne Stars at Harrup Park on Saturday night.
The match, which was the second of a double-header between the two sides, saw the Stars exact revenge in the most convincing fashion possible, turning the tables on the Heat, who secured a solid win in front of their record crowd on Friday night.
Winning the toss and electing to bat in front of another large, partisan crowd, the Heat never got out of the blocks, and were staring down the barrel early after a top order collapse.
Reeling in the fourth over after the loss of Beth Mooney (2) and captain Kirby Short (5), the Heat never fully recovered to crawl to just 8/93 off their 20 overs.
Mooney's rare failure was a massive blow to the Heat, with the Women's Big Bash League's equal leading scorer a big reason for the side's run of five consecutive wins heading into the match.
After setting up the Heat's win on Friday night in the first match of the double-header with a solidly made 57, Mooney couldn't repeat her heroics on Saturday night, and was out playing a cut off the bowling of Erin Osborne back onto her stumps.
In a player of the match performance, Osborne was the stand-out with the ball for the Stars, taking the wickets of Mooney, Short, Sammy-Jo Johnson and Heat's best batter on the night, Jessica Jonassen.
After hitting the winning runs on Friday with a six over long on, Jonassen fought hard with a well made 46 off as many balls.
If not for Jonassen, the Heat's batting column could have been far worse, with the Rockhampton all-rounder looking determined and poised in her knock.
The Heat fought hard with the ball, but dropped chances in the field proved costly with such a small total to defend.
Katie Mack (20 from 24) and South African star Mignon du Preez (36 from 34 n.o) did most of the damage for the Stars, as they cruised to the total in the 18th Over.