Heat, Strikers beat Sydney’s wet weather to record WBBL victories

The Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers have opened the sixth WBBL season with convincing wins on a day where Sydney’s wet weather saw two matches called off.

The Heat won by seven wickets in their clash with the Perth Scorchers at North Sydney Oval, while the Strikers posted an eight-wicket victory against the Hobart Hurricanes across town at Hurstville Oval.

But incessant rain meant the Sydney derby between the Sixers and Thunders at North Sydney Oval was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Play had got underway in the Hurstville Oval encounter between the two Melbourne teams, the Renegades and Stars, but the afternoon rain stopped the match and it was eventually called off.

The Stars had reached 4-127 from 17 overs, with Australia captain Meg Lanning unbeaten on 51, when rain halted play.

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The 59-match WBBL season is being staged entirely in Sydney because of the coronavirus pandemic, with players and officials based in a biosecurity bubble at Olympic Park.

Earlier in the day at North Sydney Oval, Beth Mooney top-scored for new side Perth but her former team Brisbane got the last laugh.

Mooney, the T20 player of the tournament in Australia’s World Cup win on home soil earlier this year, compiled a composed 37 before being run out in the Scorchers’ total of 7-132.

But after strong starts from their top four batters, the Scorchers failed to reach a commanding total, with Heat bowlers Nicola Hancock (2-25) and Delissa Kimmince (2-26) keeping them in check.

The Heat chased down the victory target of 133 in 17 overs.

The defending champions were anchored by a superb 78-run partnership between Georgia Redmayne (37 not out) and Grace Harris (53).

The Strikers closed out their match against the Hurricanes at Hurstville Oval before the weather could close in.

Megan Schutt (2-14) sensationally dismissed Hurricanes batters Rachel Priest and Hayley Matthews in consecutive balls in the first over.

The Hurricanes never recovered and were eventually bowled out for 84.

Naomi Stalenberg top scored for the Hurricanes with 28, while Darcie Brown (3-13) and Amanda-Jade Wellington (3-19) picked up where Schutt left off.

The Strikers made light work of the run chase, with South Africa international Laura Wolvaardt (51 not out) at one stage clubbing four boundaries in six balls.

They secured the result in 14 overs for the loss of two wickets.

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