Shock defeat leaves Heat searching for wins

Rachel Priest plays a shot for the Melbourne Renegades.
Rachel Priest plays a shot for the Melbourne Renegades. JOE CASTRO

THE Brisbane Heat's chances of making the finals of the Women's Big Bash League have been hit by a surprise home defeat to the struggling Melbourne Renegades.

The Heat is still in second but with six teams still in with a chance of making the top four, Beth Mooney's side will need to win at least one of its final two games both against the Adelaide Strikers next Friday and Saturday at the Gabba.

In a rain-affected clash at Allan Border Field the Renegades, who were bottom of the ladder before this victory, chased down a revised target of 102 in 14 overs with six balls to spare on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Renegades skipper Rachel Priest led the way for her team, smashing six fours and a huge six in her innings of 44 off 39 balls.

Earlier, the Heat lost its first six wickets for 49 runs with opening bowler Molly Strano picking up the wiockets of Kirby Short, Jess Jonassen and Beth Mooney, finishing with figures of 3-19 off her four overs.

Jemma Barsby and Delissa Kimmince got the Heat to a reasonable totale of 8-125 before the rain came and a revised target was set.

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