The Adelaide Strikers are in the finals of the Women’s Big Bash League, after a thrilling game against the Brisbane Heat.
Chasing 154, Bridget Patterson hit an unbeaten 45 off 26 balls as the Strikers won by six wickets.
The Strikers needed 23 from the last two overs, and Patterson hit a four and a six, reducing the deficit to nine runs from the last over.
Patterson hit two more boundaries off Amelia Kerr’s over to set up a clash with the Sydney Sixers on Saturday at North Sydney Oval.
Earlier, Laura Wolvaardt (47 from 45) and Deandra Dottin (39 from 21) laid a good foundation for Patterson’s late heroics.
Kerr’s 43 strengthened the Heat’s innings, while Laura Harris (33 off 14) scored some late runs to help them make the run, although Megan Schutt took three wickets for 26 runs.
Charlie Knott got the Heat off to a good start, taking the wickets of Katie Mack for just two runs in the second hour, before Kerr’s clever leg trick tricked Tahlia McGrath to give the Striker captain seven breaks, leaving Adelaide 2-27 in six overs.
The Heat were left to squander many missed opportunities in the field. Wolvaardt was twice dropped by Courtney Sippel on 17 and 21 and was given another chance at life when Georgia Redmayne missed.
Dottin took 11 balls to settle before hitting consecutive fours and sixes off Sippel and two wickets before being caught by the ball of Jess Jonassen.
During the shoot, Redmayne, who has just returned from an abdominal injury, appears to be injuring his left leg. He had to be helped from the ground, with teenager Ellie Johnstone taking the gloves.
Wovaardt was on the verge of a half-century run to give the Heat hope but Patterson’s delay was enough to send the Strikers to the final for the second time in a row.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Heat lost both openers Danni Wyatt (5) and Georgia Redmayne (7) in the first three overs and were 88-4 after 14 overs.
Amelia Kerr set up the innings with a few knocks, before a late catch from Harris but it was not enough to reach the final.
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