Sydney Thunder pulled off an outstanding 12-run win over Brisbane Heat to succeed in the ultimate of the Women’s Big Bash League.
Chasing 144, the Heat – champions for the previous two seasons – collapsed from 119-Four to 131 all out regardless of Laura Kimmince’s 37 off 17 balls in Sydney.
Hannah Darlington, 18, took 3-19, whereas Sammy-Jo Johnson claimed 2-14 towards her former facet.
The Thunder will meet Melbourne Stars within the closing on Saturday at 08:10 GMT.
Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont will come up towards England team-mates Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt, who helped the Stars beat Perth Scorchers on Wednesday, on the identical venue on Sunday.
Beaumont had a hand in two run-outs, having scored a 20-ball 27 within the Thunder’s 143-6.
Knight, the England captain, made 17 for Thunder, who had been grateful for Rachael Haynes’ well-paced unbeaten 48 off 44 deliveries.
The Heat’s chase unravelled with two run-outs in three balls within the 16th over.
Georgia Voll was properly brief as Kimmince referred to as for a second to deep mid-wicket, earlier than Beaumont – who had earlier dismissed Nadine de Klerk for 27 with a direct hit – and Johnson mixed to take away Amelia Kerr.
With 15 wanted off 19 balls, the Heat had been nonetheless favourites, however, the highly effective Kimmince – having hit two fours and 4 sixes – was bowled through inside edge and pad as she tried a reverse sweep.
Seamer Darlington struck twice in two balls to hasten the slide, and Johnson took a wise return catch to seal Thunder’s victory.
“That is the rationale I play cricket – I really like conditions like that,” stated participant of the match Darlington.
Johnson stated: “I assumed they’d it within the bag. What an implausible sport – what a spectacle.”
The Thunder are chasing their first title because the inaugural WBBL in 2015-16, whereas the Stars will make their first look within the closing.