Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat won their maiden WBBL title (Credit: WBBL Twitter)

Beth Mooney overcame illness to churn out an inspirational show against Sydney Sixers leading Brisbane Heat to a maiden Women’s Big Bash League title at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday.

Chasing 132, opener Mooney top-scored with 65 off 46 in punishing heat that saw her being down on her haunches on several occasions, needing ice packs and plenty of drinks. The left-hander reached her fifty off 35 deliveries during a vital 84-run stand with captain Kirby Short for the third wicket after losing two wickets cheaply.

Kirby scored 29 off 35 with two fours and at 98/2 in 14 overs, Heat were well on track when Dane van Niekerk changed the complexion of the contest.

In the 15th over, Van Niekerk dismissed Kirby with the first delivery and then off the penultimate delivery, accounted for Mooney. Another wicket in the following over left Heat struggling at 103/5.

It went down the final over when Heat needed five runs to seal the deal with three wickets remaining. Delissa Kimmince took a single off the first delivery and then Laura Harris sent the next rolling past the rope for a four to get his team over the line.

Earlier, Sixers’ batters failed to get going after captain Ellyse Perry opted to bat. Opener Alyssa Healy got the start hitting two fours and a six but was bowled for 18 off 13 by Delissa Kimmince. Perry and Ashleigh Gardner got a partnership going but runs weren’t flowing easily.

Their 43-run stand broke when Gardner holed out for 23 off Grace Harris (3/23). Perry couldn’t impose herself on the bowlers as she scored 33 off 37 with just one four before failing in the 14th over. The middle-order crumbled before Van Niekerk struck an unbeaten 15-ball 32 with two fours and as many sixes pushing the final total to 131/7.

Harris was the pick of the bowlers while Kimmince chipped in with a couple of wickets. Mooney, who took two catches apart from effecting a stumping, was chosen as the player-of-the-match.

Brief Scores: Brisbane Heat 132/7 in 19.2 overs (Beth Mooney 65; Erin Burns 2/25) beat Sydney Sixers 131/7 in 20 overs (Ellyse Perry 33, Dane van Niekerk 32*; Grace Harris 3/23) by three wickets