Brisbane Heat batter Grace Harris stole the show during the Women’s Big Bash League 2023 match against Perth Scorchers on Sunday, October 22 at the North Sydney Oval in Sydney. She smashed the highest score in the history of the tournament. The veteran batter also slammed a six with a broken bat during the innings.
The incident took place during the fourteenth over of the Brisbane Heat innings. Grace Harris was already going great guns, having smashed 64 runs off 35 deliveries. She noticed some damage to the bat and wanted to change it. However, she later changed her mind and decided to stick with the same bat. On the second delivery of the over, Harris went on to smack an outside off-stump delivery towards long-on for a six off Piepa Cleary, despite her bat breaking into two pieces.
“I need a new bat,” said Harris.
“Do you need it now, Grace,” a teammate was heard to ask over Channel Seven’s commentary.
“Nah, stuff it, I’ll still hit it,” the batter replied which left the commentators in splits. She slammed a six off the next delivery.
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🗣️ "I need a new bat… nah, stuff it. I'll hit it anyway"
— Weber Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) October 22, 2023
Grace Harris powers Brisbane Heat to second win of WBBL 2023
Grace Harris’ all-round performance powered the Brisbane Heat to their second win of the Women’s Big Bash League 2023. Batting first, she slammed 136 runs off 59 deliveries, at a strike rate of 230.51, with twelve boundaries and eleven sixes. This is the highest score in the history of the tournament. She also broke the record for most sixes in a WBBL innings. The Brisbane Heat managed 229 runs on the board.
In response, the Perth Scorchers fell 50 runs short. They scored 179, with Beth Mooney scoring a 30-ball 60. Grace Harris also took a wicket in the innings, dismissing Amy Jones for 30 runs. The Brisbane Heat are not at the top of the table with four points from two matches. They will take on the Sydney Sixers in their next match on Tuesday, October 24 at the North Sydney Oval.