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Warwick batter returns to top form for the Heat

CRICKET: Delissa Kimmince hit 39 runs from 31 balls as the Brisbane Heat rued a missed opportunity after the Melbourne Renegades surged home to win their Rebel WBBL clash at Allan Border Field today.

Kimmince has batted in the middle order for the Heat this season after winning a player of the final award as an opener when the Queensland Fire won the T20 competition before the start of the WBBL.

She asked to be relieved of the captaincy in the New Year to concentrate on her own game and showed plenty of class today.

The match see-sawed - the Heat fell to 6-49 after 11 overs before Kimmince (39 from 31 balls) and Jemma Barsby (36 from 27) ignited a 57-run stand that propelled the Heat to a total of 8-125 from 20 overs.

The Heat's seven-wicket loss was further soured by an injury to international player Smriti Mandhana, who was helped off Allan Border Field after she fell awkwardly while bowling.

Mandhana will have scans on her knee tomorrow but the Heat are concerned she has played her last game before her scheduled return to India for preparations for the ICC Women's World Cup.

The Heat's international players have been luckless this summer.

West Indian Deandra Dottin underwent facial surgery after an accidental clash of heads while fielding with teammate Laura Harris on December 27 at Allan Border Field.

While Dottin hopes to be back in time for the finals, the Heat didn't help their playoff ambitions with today's loss.

The Renegades' run chase was delayed while a heavy shower of rain temporarily cooled a steamy Brisbane morning.

Match officials revised the Renegades' target to 102 from 15 overs and they looked in trouble after taking only 11 runs from the first four overs.

That left the Heat poised for the clean sweep of the weekend's matches after yesterday's encouraging win over the Renegades.

But Renegades captain Rachel Priest (44 from 39) drove the visitors through a burst of 46 runs from four overs.

Grace Harris, returning to Brisbane to play against sister Laura, hit 17 from 10 balls to spoil the Heat's chances.

That pushed the Renegades to 3-102 with one over to spare despite Jess Jonassen's excellent return of 2-6 from three overs. Kimmince finished with 0-20.

The Heat were desperate to win both matches this weekend after making a habit of splitting games during double-headers.

They will hope for a better return in the Gabba clashes with the Adelaide Strikers this Friday and Saturday.

The loss left the Heat in fourth place but only just ahead of the Hurricanes and the Thunder, who each have a game in hand.



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