Heat must beat Thunder or the season is over
BRISBANE Heat could pay the ultimate price for its glacial start to the Women's Big Bash League.
Nicole Bolton's unbeaten 60 in Perth's scorching six-wicket win against Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday has left the Heat in serious danger of missing the finals.
The Heat, for whom former Hervey Bay junior Beth Mooney has starred, must beat second-placed Sydney Thunder twice in two days, and hope other results go its way, if they are to be any chance of finishing in the top four.
Fourth-placed Perth, who sit two points clear of the Heat, will face sixth-placed Melbourne Renegades in their last two games.
Should the Renegades beat the Thunder and the Scorchers twice this week, they could leapfrog Brisbane into the top four.
It is a disastrous position for the Heat, who started the season with three losses from four games.
Mooney, the WBBL's reigning most valuable player, has been one of the few shining stars. The former Xavier Catholic College student has smashed 438 runs (third in the competition), including five half-centuries.
The Heat face Sydney Thunder at the Gabba on Saturday, then Allan Border Field on Sunday.