Four Twenty20 matches in three days is no easy task for a cricket squad, but proud Spartan Holly Ferling and her Brisbane Heat teammates have outdone themselves with a hat trick of wins in Perth.
The first of the four matches took place on Friday against a red-hot Perth Scorchers outfit. After the Heat were sent in to field, Holly’s introduction to the attack had an immediate impact, taking two wickets in the space of three balls.
She finished as the pick of the bowlers with 4/8 from three overs, restricting the Perth Scorchers to 9/106. In a tight finish that saw the Heat tail-enders under the pump, Holly was run-out on the last ball to give the Perth Scorchers a narrow two-run win.
The Brisbane squad had no time to linger over what might have been, with a game against the Sydney Sixers on Saturday afternoon.
In a match that was dominated by Heat all-rounder Grace Harris, who scored a hundred and took four wickets, Holly had a quiet game with bowling figures of 0/30. The final result saw the Heat cruise to a 35-run victory, their first of the tournament.
Sunday served up a double-header for the Heat, with a rematch against the Sixers to begin the day. Holly bowled with good pace and zip to finish with figures of 1/8, her tidy returns helping the Heat restrict the Sixers to 7/114. In reply, the Heat openers were rarely troubled, notching up a solid nine-wicket win.
The Heat were looking in stellar touch and had a chance for redemption that afternoon against the Perth Scorchers. Holly turned in a brilliant display with the ball, opening with a maiden and finishing with 2/17. She was in fine form in the field as well, running out dangerous England international Katherine Brunt.
With a target of 119 being set, the Heat batting line-up kept their cool to banish the demons of Friday and make it three wins from three matches.
Speaking exclusively to Spartan, Holly said her performances with the ball signified a turning point for her with the Heat.
“I’ve had a pretty up and down season with the ball, so to finally see my hard work pay off was great. I’m enjoying my cricket and keeping everything as simple as possible.”
“There was no better feeling than winning our first game as the Brisbane Heat and singing the team song for the first time. We still believe we have the team to win, we just need to keep playing the way we were in Perth.”
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