Heat bow out of Women's Big Bash League title race
CRICKET: The WBBL Brisbane Heat has bowed out of the Women's Big Bash League after suffering a nine wicket semi-final loss against the Perth Scorchers at the WACA.
The Heat were unable to defend their total of 5-124 with the home team reaching the target in the 16th over.
Brisbane captain Kirby Short top-scored with 39 while allrounder Delissa Kimmince finished 25 not out.
Short, who took on the captaincy mid-way through the tournament, lamented the lack of batting partnerships against the Scorchers attack.
"We probably didn't utilize the power play overs well enough and I got a bit stuck, so we didn't really build any meaningful partnerships to enable us to launch late in the innings,'' she said.
"Given we had some injuries to key players at various stages, we did pretty well to make the semi-finals but in saying that, we haven't been as consistent as we needed to be and that probably showed today that we were too up and down. That's something we need to address next season,'' Short said.
Heat wicket-keeper Beth Mooney finished her WBBL campaign as the team's leading runs-scorer with 482 runs while Jess Jonassen was their leading wicket-taker with 18 dismissals.
Heat fast bowler Holly Ferling, who battled an elbow injury in the latter stages of the competition, will undergo surgery in Brisbane on Friday to address the issue.
An injury update on her condition will be made in due course.
The Heat, which made their first semi-final in WBBL|02 after finishing sixth last season, return home to Brisbane today.
Perth will meet the winner of today's second WBBL semi-final between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Sixers at the Gabba.