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Heat, Renegades, Perth cruise in WBBL wins

Perth Scorchers dominated Hobart, the Renegades made light work of the Stars in the Melbourne derby and the Brisbane Heat snapped a two-game losing streak as the WBBL heavyweights pushed clear of the pack on Sunday.

Georgia Redmayne held her nerve in a tricky run chase as the Heat beat the Sydney Thunder, her calm 57 off 45 helping them to the 143-run target with 10 balls and five wickets remaining at Adelaide Oval.

The left-hander hit gaps and took few risks, brushing aside the early loss of in-form Grace Harris to get her side within sight of the total before holing out.

Two cheap wickets came with the Heat needing just two runs to win, Laura Kimmince (11 off six balls) and Mikayla Hinkley (33 off 25) both out playing ambitious shots while attempting to clinch the win.

Beaten in the highest-scoring WBBL game in history on Saturday, the Heat looked in for another big chase when Smriti Mandhana (37 off 24) and Phoebe Litchfield (40 off 32) got going.

But pint-sized spinner Poonam Yadav (3-17) intervened, taking both their wickets while Jess Jonassen and Harris chipped in with two wickets each.

The victory improved the Heat to 5-3 after two consecutive losses, good enough for outright second ahead of Perth on net run rate after the Scorchers made their own statement later in the day.

They reduced Hobart to 6-19, eventually getting home with 27 balls and five wickets remaining in pursuit of 96.

Scorchers swing bowler Taneale Peschel (0-11 off four) was unplayable, in one over drawing six air swings – one was a wide – before dropping a simple catch off her own bowling to complete the set.

Marizanne Kapp (4-10) had a catch dropped to deny her a five-wicket haul while Lilly Mills (15 wickets) shot to the top of the WBBL wicket list with three late scalps.

Exciting quick Tayla Vlaeminck (3-21) gave the Hurricanes some joy, knocking over Australian opener Beth Mooney and New Zealand star Sophie Devine with a fine delivery.

They’re all chasing the Melbourne Renegades (7-2) though, who marched on with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over the Stars in a one-sided derby.

They passed the 103-run target with 35 balls remaining, Jemimah Rodrigues (45 off 38) classy in the chase as they shot two wins clear in top spot to all but consolidate a finals berth.

Harmanpreet Kaur (3-22) took two wickets and effected a run-out from the final three balls of the Stars’ innings, while Sophie Molineux (2-10 off four overs) was a handful with her .

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