Brisbane Heat powerhouse Laura Kimmince is bordering on unstoppable.
The big-hitter put her team on track for a third consecutive WBBL title after an outstanding display with the bat sealed a stunning come-from-behind win over the Perth Scorchers on Wednesday.
While teen gun Charli Knott hit the winning runs with four balls remaining, it was Kimmince who ensured the win with a masterful innings of 40 off just 17 deliveries, finishing not out.
In her last three bats, Kimmince has scored 104 runs, off just 37 balls, including 14 fours and seven sixes.
After restricting the Scorchers to 8-137, the Heat would have fancied their chances at Sydney’s Hurstville Oval.
They were reeling at 3-12 after losing senior players Grace Harris and Jess Jonassen for ducks in the opening over before Georgia Voll holed out in the second over.
Then Kimmince got going again to push them to victory.
“I haven’t really (thrived in that situation) before but I guess the last couple of games proved otherwise,” Kimmince said.
“I think it’s a bit more belief now that I do have the freedom to play my own game and if it comes off, it comes off.
“We bat right the way through (the order), so when you’re backed in at that number (six) to go out there you want to keep the game moving forward otherwise you’re putting pressure on everyone else that comes in after you.
“We’re just excited to be back in the winners’ circle again, we had a tough couple of games in the middle there but (we decided) to keep backing ourselves and aren’t afraid to play with that freedom,” she said.
“Watching the last few games there’s been a massive turnaround.”
The win – the Heat’s fifth in a row – pushes them to second place on the ladder and all but seals their place in the top four, while the Scorchers remain in contention for a semi-final spot despite the loss.
With Beth Mooney on the cusp of a half-century and threatening to lead the Scorchers to a big score, Laura Kimmince took a screamer to dismiss the Aussie representative.
Mooney had been frustrated the ball before by Kiwi spinner Amelia Kerr and played an uncontrolled cut shot the following ball with Kimmince diving full length to take a spectacular one-handed catch to dismiss Mooney for 49 (39 balls).
Ohhhhh WOW! 😮 You will not see many catches better than this one from Laura Kimmince!
For the second day in a row she's given us our @CommBank Play of the Day! #WBBL06 pic.twitter.com/oTPuPnoKmU
Kimmince displayed power and restraint in her matchwinning innings, belting four fours and three sixes but keeping her wicket intact as the Heat fought back from a disastrous start to their innings.
English leg spinner Sarah Glenn picked up four wickets in a mercurial spell for the Scorchers.
After conceding five wides from her first ball, she snared the wickets of Grace Harris and Jess Jonassen for ducks in her first over before bowling Maddy Green to break a key Heat partnership and finish her spell with the scalp of Kiwi international Amelia Kerr.
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