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Heat thump inept Sixers in WBBL

By AAP Newswire

The Brisbane Heat have started their WBBL championship defence in stunning fashion after humiliating the Sydney Sixers by 92 runs at North Sydney Oval.

The rematch of last season's grand final descended into a no-contest as the Sixers suffered a diabolical batting collapse, losing their last six wickets for just one run from their last 13 deliveries to succumb for just 73 in 14.4 overs, their lowest-ever score.

New Zealand import Amelia Kerr (3-8) was the chief destroyer on Saturday night while Jess Jonassen (2-12), Grace Harris (2-15) and Sammy-Jo Johnson (2-16) chipped in to help Brisbane defend their 6-165 with ridiculous ease.

Johnson removed dangerous duo Alyssa Healy (13) and Ash Gardner (10) as the Sixers slumped to 4-50, leaving captain Ellyse Perry to pick up the pieces.

Fresh off her match-winning 81 in the season-opener against Sydney Thunder, Perry needed to replicate her derby masterclass.

With the asking rate climbing, Perry (27) skied Jonassen to Kerr in the outer to make it 5-72 before the lower order crumbled.

Earlier, the Heat built their innings around star opener Beth Mooney, whose 50 put Brisbane in a strong position before Laura Harris produced the late fireworks.

Teenager Hayley Silver-Holmes (2-35) threatened to apply the clamps on the Sixers' middle order before Harris flourished, thumping an undefeated 36 off just 17 balls to put the home side to the sword.