Heat thumps Scorchers, rain mars WBBL derbies on opening day

Brisbane Heat got its title defence off to a winning start by beating Perth Scorchers, while the Melbourne and Sydney derbies were abandoned due to rain.

Grace Harris

Grace Harris smashed a 37-ball 53 to help Brisbane Heat secure a seven-wicket win over Perth Scorchers.   -  Twitter @HeatBBL

Brisbane Heat began their its defence by beating a fancied Perth Scorchers while Meg Lanning offered glimpses of her form in an abandoned match on a rain-marred opening day of the Women's Big Bash League on Sunday.

All-rounder Grace Harris smashed a 37-ball 53 to help Brisbane overwhelm its 133-run victory target with three overs to spare at North Sydney Oval.

Australia opener Beth Mooney, who was signed to make up for Lanning's departure to Melbourne Stars, top-scored for the new-look Scorchers with a breezy 37 but it was not enough.

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Adelaide Strikers had it even easier as it thumped Hobart Hurricanes by eight wickets with six overs to spare at the Hurstville Oval.

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South Africa star Laura Wolvaardt's unbeaten 51 helped Adelaide run down the 85-run target after players from both sides took a knee before the match.

The match between Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder at North Sydney Oval was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled.

Rain also marred the Melbourne derby of the eight-team tournament, considered the best domestic competition for women cricketers.

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Australia's multiple World Cup-winning captain Lanning made an unbeaten 51 for Melbourne Stars before their match against Melbourne Renegades was abandoned.

Sydney will host across five venues all 59 matches of this year's tournament because of the COVID-19 restrictions.

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