Dual sixes from Sophie Devine in a super over have given the Perth Scorchers a season-opening win over the Brisbane Heat.
Devine smashed the first and fourth balls of their super over over the rope to get the Scorchers to an unlikely victory.
As thrilling as the finish was, the game probably should not have made it that far.
Former Heat star Beth Mooney (40 off 37) anchored the Scorchers’ first innings of 7-137, which looked like it would not be enough.
The Heat were cruising at 1-87 at the halfway mark of their chase when skipper Jess Jonassen fell for 18, but big-hitting opener Grace Harris (41 off 27) surrendered her wicket with an ugly attempt at a sweep shot off Marizanne Kapp nine balls later, and the wickets kept coming.
After losing 3-92, the Heat lost 6-43 and only just barely managed to reach the super over.
In the penultimate over, still needing 10 off nine deliveries, Brisbane almost lost South African recruit Anneke Bosch when she appeared to be stumped by Mooney.
The replays showed she had got her back foot behind the crease, but the scoreboard broke when the third umpire tried to flash the ‘not out’ sign.
After a longer-than-usual break, Bosch only lasted two more balls until she slapped a shot down the throat of Alana King at long-on, and a single off the next ball ended a brilliant 1-2 over by Heather Graham.
Needing 10 off the final over to win, Nadine de Klerk started the Heat off in good fashion with a four through mid-wicket, following it up with a single, but Georgia Prestwidge was castled for a golden duck by a superb Lilly Mills off-spinner.
Then new batter Nicola Hancock scooped her first ball to the off side, but apparently forgot to run, only avoiding being run out at the bowler’s end when Mills fumbled the return throw a la Nathan Lyon at Headingley.
Whatever caused Hancock’s brain explosion must have infected De Klerk too, because after a sweep shot she ran down the other end, before ambling out of her crease and failing to get her bat back down before Graham’s throw came in and Mills whipped off the bails.
But Mills fumbled another run-out chance off the following and final delivery, allowing Poonam Yadav to get back for the game-tying run.
Sisters Grace Harris and Laura Kimmince went out for the super over for Brisbane, but Harris was run out off the second ball of the over. Anneke Bosch got the over back on track with 10 runs off the next three balls and one more off the last to set Perth 13 off their over to win.
But Devine smacked Jonassen’s first delivery, which could have been called a waist-high no-ball, down the ground and over the rope with a flat bat.
Two singles later, Devine drilled another ball over long-off and onto the rope to win the Scorchers the game.