Ferling heroics not enough for Heat

Holly Ferling.
Holly Ferling. john mccutcheon

A BRILLIANT spell of pace bowling from Holly Ferling wasn't enough for the Brisbane Heat to beat the Scorchers in WBBL action, losing a thriller by two runs in Perth.

Ferling  took 4-8 from three overs but her team could not chase down the 107 it needed for victory.

In a cruel blow after dominating with the ball, Ferling needed four off the last ball to win. She could only find the deep cover fielder off Suzie Bates' bowling, run out coming back for the second, after hitting the previous delivery for four.

The Heat is now winless from its first three games in the inaugural competition.

Earlier, Ferling - who made national headlines six years ago by snaring a hat-trick with her first three balls in men's competition in South Burnett cricket as a young teenager - ripped through the Perth batting line-up.

The 19-year-old face of the women's Heat team dismissed Elyse Villani (15), Nicole Bolton (19), Bates (seven) and Heather Graham (four).

There is no doubting Australian representative Ferling - who is capable of bowling around the 120kmh mark - has a bright future in the game.

Bolton was Perth's top-scorer, and it was bettered by Heat opener Beth Mooney (22). But the Scorchers' paltry total was enough, as Katherine Brunt (4-17 from four overs) then skittled the Heat's batting card.

Brunt also scored a handy 16 batting at No.5.

She captured the wickets of Grace Harris (2), Jess Jonassen (0), Courtney Hill (1) and England pace-bowling recruit Kate Cross (0).

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