Warwick player leads Heat to first up win
CRICKET: Former Warwick junior Delissa Kimmince hit 23 with the bat and took 0-18 off four overs with the ball as the Brisbane Heat beat the Sydney Sixers in their first game in the T20 season.
A player of the match batting effort from West Indian import Deandra Dottin lifted the Heat to a stirring final over win.
Kimmince's bowling was a major factor in the win as conceding 4.5 runs an over is considered sensational in T20 cricket.
The Heat opened their Rebel Women's Big Bash League campaign with a dramatic comeback after the Sixers had reached 6-138 off the back of a strong opening stand from Australian pairing of Alyssa Healy (42) and Ellyse Perry (42).
Dottin, who will be on a hat-trick with her first ball tomorrow after taking the final two Sixers wickers to fall in their innings, belted 60 not out from just 44 balls as the Heat recovered from a position of being 2-3 after two overs.
She and Australian allrounder Jess Jonassen (30 off 18 balls) put on a rapid-fire half century partnership to resurrect the innings before a neat cameo from Jemma Barsby set up the final over.
Dottin hit consecutive fours from the first two balls of the final over to win the game against last season's runners-up.
In all the West Indian hit nine fours and a mighty six that sailed out of the gates at North Sydney Oval.
While the Sixers got away to a strong start, fine bowling from Jonassen (2-25 from four overs), captain Delissa Kimmince (0-18 from four overs) and debutant Haidee Birkett (1-18 from four overs) helped restrict the home side before Dottin took wickets at the death.
The Heat were in a tricky position at 4-38 after nine overs before Dottin and Jonassen came together to boost the chase.
SCORES: Sixers 6-138 (A Healy 48, E Perry 42; S McGlashan 27; J Jonassen 2-25, D Dottin 2-24) defeated by Heat 5-142 (D Dottin 60no; J Jonassen 30, D Kimmince 23; S Aley 2-17), by five wickets.
Next game: Tomorrow, 5pm, Heat v Sixers, Drummoyne Oval