Thunder struck down by Heat in WBBL

Jess Jonassen's career-best 4-13 enabled the Brisbane Heat to defend 8-128 against Sydney Thunder.
Jess Jonassen's career-best 4-13 enabled the Brisbane Heat to defend 8-128 against Sydney Thunder.

A career-best bowling performance from allrounder Jess Jonassen has lifted reigning WBBL champion Brisbane Heat to a convincing 32-run win over Sydney Thunder and back to the top of the ladder.

After scrapping their way to a seemingly modest 8-128, the Heat bowled and field magnificently, rolling the Thunder for 96 at Sydney's Drummoyne Oval on Saturday.

Australian international Jonassen (4-13) and seamer Delissa Kimmince (2-13) were the pick of the Brisbane bowlers who, as a unit, did not give the Thunder batters an inch.

Tahlia Wilson (19) top-scored but on a tricky pitch and with a slow outfield she struggled with her timing.

Out-of-form captain Rachael Haynes, Alex Blackwell and Phoebe Litchfield were also unable to build momentum as the asking rate spiralled out of control.

Earlier, Laura Harris smacked an aggressive 30 and Kiwi teenager Amelia Kerr slugged an important enterprising 21no to ensure the Heat posted a defendable total.

Beth Mooney, the tournament's leading run-scorer, saw wickets fall regularly at the other end and though her 22 was her lowest score of the summer, her doggedness prevented the Thunder attack from tightening the screws.

Imports Nida Dar (2-15) and Shabnam Ismail (2-24) led the Thunder attack, which was again let down by the batting unit before they suffered a fourth consecutive loss.

Australian Associated Press