Beth Mooney (right) and Deandra Dottin, of the Heat, celebrate taking a wicket.
Beth Mooney (right) and Deandra Dottin, of the Heat, celebrate taking a wicket. PAUL MILLER

Ferling left out as Heat scorches Perth

THE Brisbane Heat women returned to form against the Perth Scorchers on Sunday but they did so without Holly Ferling.

The Kingaroy product and Southern Star was left out of the Heat line-up after middling performances with the ball to open the WBBL season.

Following their opening round win over the Sydney Sixers, the Heat dropped their following two matches to the Sixers and Scorchers to sit bottom of the competition standings after three games.

The WBBL format means sides play each other twice before moving on to the next opposition, and you would be hard pressed to pick an early favourite after the first round was completed.

Every side in the competition finished 1-1 from their opening two matches, meaning the Heat was simultaneously tied for last and first.

They moved into outright last on Saturday, after the Scorchers prevailed by eight wickets in a low-scoring affair.

Ferling finished with 0/25 from four overs - and despite the average performances from her fellow quicks was the odd one out for Sunday's clash.

And it may be difficult to justify a return to the bowling line-up for the Aussie pace ace, after the Heat bowlers shared the love in Sunday's win over Perth.

Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince and Jemma Barsby all claimed two wickets each, with Sammy-Jo Johnson and Haidee Birkett nabbing one apiece.

Deandra Dottin was the only Brisbane bowler not to claim a scalp but her match-winning performance with the bat against the Sixers in the opening match will make her difficult to drop.

But the big-hitting West Indian was not required for the Heat's innings, with Beth Mooney knocking 67 from just 46 balls to anchor the visitors' 95-run chase.

Earlier, the Scorchers stumbled to 9/94 as the unpredictable start to the WBBL season continued.

The hosts made a strong start racing to 0/27 before Kimmince and Short combined to remove Perth captain Suzie Bates for 15.

From there came a steady flow of wickets from the Heat, including three stumpings from Mooney in what will be a big concern for the Scorchers coaching staff.

Mooney was rightfully named player of the match for her performances with bat and gloves.

The win moved the Heat into fourth position after four games, ahead of a blockbuster clash with the Melbourne Stars.

The Heat will host the Melbourne side at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Boxing Day, before travelling to Rooty Hill for a clash with reigning premiers Sydney Thunder on January 2 and 3.

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