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WBBL round-up – Marizanne Kapp retires ill with elevated heart rate, Amelia Kerr stars for Brisbane Heat

Perth Scorchers 5 for 138 beat Sydney Sixers 4 for 137 (Perry 62*) by five wickets

Marizanne Kapp was forced to retire hurt with an elevated heart rate, a problem she has managed during her career and struck her during the T20 World Cup earlier this year, as the Sixers suffered a second defeat against the Scorchers. They were led to victory by an outstanding innings from Beth Mooney who herself battled the heat. Kapp was playing nicely on 33 when she had to retire and medics ruled her out of the match so the Sixers were a key bowler down. Although Stella Campbell removed Sophie Devine in the first over it was a wayward display but they managed to fight back after the Scorchers reached 1 for 72. However, with the asking rate just above a run-a-ball, Megan Banting was dropped at long-on on 3 in the 17th over by Ellyse Perry, who parried the ball for six, and contributed a handy innings in a stand of 36 with Mooney which sealed the game. The stuttering Sixers had again lost early wickets as Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner fell in the Powerplay and Kapp’s retirement in the 14th over meant they lost a set batter ahead of the final push. Perry reached fifty off 41 balls but did not really cut loose in the closing overs, facing just 11 of the last 30 deliveries.

Brisbane Heat 2 for 115 (Redmayne 59*) beat Sydney Thunder 9 for 111 (Kerr 4-20) by eight wickets

An incisive performance from legspinner Amelia Kerr set up defending champions the Heat for a much-needed victory. Kerr, who had just four wickets in the tournament before today, made an immediate mark when introduced in the seventh over by trapping Heather Knight lbw and she repeated the dose to claim Thunder captain Rachael Haynes in her next over. Three balls later, the struggling Tammy Beaumont was run out for 12 off 20 deliveries before Phoebe Litchfield, having played one superb cover drive, was defeated by a googly from Kerr and comfortably stumped to leave them 5 for 57. The Thunder scratched into three figures and a couple of Powerplay wickets – Grace Harris picking out long-on and Jess Jonassen caught at the second attempt by Haynes – gave some hope, but an increasingly rapid third-wicket stand of 86 between Georgia Redmayne and the talented 16-year-old Georgia Voll secured the win by a margin that will also help the Heat’s net run rate. The game finished in a flurry of boundaries with six coming in 18 deliveries.

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