Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

A thriller in the WBBL was settled via a superover when Kiwi logger Sophie Devine slammed a six on the first ball, leaving viewers and match-callers stunned.

The normally reliable Jess Jonassen got the ball where the Scorchers tried to darken Brisbane’s score of 12.

Brisbane had leveled the match with two on the final ball of the match before Anneke Bosch chipped in with a couple of boundaries for the Heat in their superover.

But Jonassen’s first delivery was a slow, looping full throw that was smashed back over her head in six.

“She gets a gift right away,” commentator Andrew Maher said.

“It’s the worst ball Jess Jonassen’s ever bowled!”

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Brad Hodge said the delivery was a “choker” and it put the Scorchers in the boxing ring after the 20 overs finished the scoring level.

After Devine and co-opener Beth Mooney swapped singles, she was back on strike with the Scorchers, who needed five to win from three balls.

It was another powerful blow back over the bowler’s head that landed right on the boundary rope and ended the match.

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“That’s the danger for Sophie Devine,” Lisa Sthlelakar said.

“It did not happen in the 20 overs in the allotted match, but in the superover she shows what she is worth.”

It was the tournament’s opening match for both teams, and Perth joined the Adelaide, Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers among those who won their opening match.

The Sixers made a two-from-two start earlier Sunday in the first game of the double header, chasing the Hobart Hurricanes’ score of 125 with three balls left, and sent the hosts to their second loss in a row.

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