Nottinghamshire all-rounder Danielle Wyatt starred with bat and ball as Melbourne Renegades Women broke their Big Bash League duck with victory over Brisbane Heat.
The 24-year-old took 4-13 to reduce the home side to 110 all out at The Gabba before easing her side to the victory target with a composed unbeaten 28 off 21 deliveries.
Boosted by a half-century from Beth Mooney, the Heat had cruised to 87-2 before Wyatt’s introduction. The in-form Australian international played a delivery from the England off-spinner on to her stumps for 50 to start the collapse.
Wyatt admitted she was surprised by the level of assistance the Gabba surface provided. “Bowling them out for 110 was a great effort after they got off to such a good start,” she said.
“Our fielding was the best it’s been in our five games so far. I got some turn and bounce. I just tried to bowl straight, bowl to my field and vary my pace, which is what I’ve done in the past when I’ve been successful.”
In reply, the Renegades’ opening duo of Rachel Priest and Dane van Niekerk eased any nerves by posting 53 in 8.1 overs.
But there was still work to do when Wyatt took to the crease, so she opted to play a measured and progressively aggressive hand.
“You’ve just got to get in on wickets like that and pick up the singles because the fielders were quite deep in the ring,” she said. “Then, you have to start to hit the bad ball.
“They bowled with a bit of width, so we just had to guide the ball and play to our strengths. Priesty and Dane got us off to a great start and really made the most of the first six.
“I came in with 35 needed to win at six an over, so it was a case of rotating the strike and getting myself in. I managed to hit a few boundaries and it was a great feeling seeing us over the line for the first time ever in the Big Bash.
“It was special sharing the moment with our skipper Sarah Elliott, even though I thought she’d forgotten about me while I was waiting for a bowl!
“I found out later that keeping my overs back until later was always part of the plan.”
Wyatt, who was born in Stoke-on-Trent, made her debut for the England women’s team against India in Mumbai in March 2010. She has played 33 one-day internationals.