BIG BASH: Mark Steketee.
BIG BASH: Mark Steketee. Kate Czerny

Wins for Warwick cricketers in BBL

CRICKET: Warwick's Mark Steketee and Delissa Kimmince enjoyed a successful weekend in the Big Bash League, registering wins over Sydney and Hobart.

Steketee took 1 for 46 as the Heat defeated Sydney Thunder by six wickets on Sunday to record their first win of the season.

Rain threatened to derail the game but the crowd of 27,507 spectators were not to be disappointed as the umpires and players decided to persevere.

Heat skipper Chris Lynn smashed 75 runs from 32 balls to propel the Heat to a win with three balls and six wickets to spare.

It was the first win in five games for the Heat which has left the side languishing in last place behind the Melbourne Renegades.

Kimmince and the Brisbane Heat sit in a two-way tie for second spot in the inaugural WBBL after beating the Hurricanes by six wickets in Hobart on Sunday.

The result had the Heat draw level with the Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder on 14 points at the top of the WBBL ladder before the Thunder downed Hobart to move into the outright lead.

Brisbane has just one game left in the WBBL regular season while other teams in contention for a top four spot have at least two matches remaining.

The Heat has to wait until January 16 to play its last round-robin game against the Adelaide Strikers so the chasing pack had a chance to catch up.

Fourth-placed Melbourne Stars (10 points) could move into third during that time and fifth-placed Perth (10 points) played its remaining games after the Heat's final match.

The sixth-placed Strikers have played only seven games so they could catapult into finals calculations with a couple of consecutive wins.

Kimmince and Ferling have played a big role in helping the Heat to sit in a tie for second spot.

Both have taken plenty of wickets this season and were again on the score sheet in Sunday's win over the Hurricanes.

Kingaroy quick Ferling returned figures of 1-16 from four overs and Warwick all-rounder Kimmince took 1-25 as the Heat restricted the Hurricanes to 4-107 from their 20 overs.

Kimmince then played a great captain's knock as she and opener Beth Mooney rescued the run chase after being in trouble at 4.27.

Mooney top-scored with 48 not out and Kimmince contributed 38 not out to see the Heat over the line with seven balls to spare and six wickets in hand.



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