Renegades burn Heat in WBBL boilover

Steve Barrett
Danni Wyatt spearheaded the Renegades successful WBBL chase against Brisbane with a scorching 87

The Melbourne Renegades are knocking hard on the WBBL finals' door after Danni Wyatt's masterclass propelled them to a stunning six-wicket victory over the Heat at Brisbane's Allan Border Field.

Wyatt smoked a personal WBBL-best 87 off just 55 balls to help the Renegades haul in the Heat's formidable 4-183 with six deliveries remaining on Wednesday.

The result sees the fifth-placed Renegades (6-6) move to within 0.009 of a percentage point of the Sydney Sixers (6-5), although the Sixers have a game in hand.

The Renegades were underdogs at the change of innings and even moreso when Anna Lanning was run out by Grace Harris in the first over.

But Wyatt shook off that early blow, building big partnerships of 74 with Tammy Beaumont (23) and 69 with Jess Duffin (50no) to snap Brisbane's seven-match winning streak.

Wyatt thumped two sixes in her superb knock before holing out in the 16th over with a maiden WBBL ton in sight.

Captain Duffin, who faced only 27 balls in her whirlwind dig, duly completed the assignment.

"In a big chase like that you've got to go hard from ball one and that's what I tried to do," Wyatt said.

"I play my best when I go out hard and it paid off for me today.

"I thought they were going to get 200 at one point, so we pegged them back well. It's a massive win."

Earlier, Beth Mooney reclaimed top spot on the competition's run-scoring leaderboard to put the Heat firmly in control, as the team's highest-profile supporter, world tennis No.1 Ash Barty, watched on.

Mooney belted 86 off 57 deliveries to move to 622 runs at 69.11 for the tournament, overtaking Adelaide's Sophie Devine (593).

After combining for an opening stand of 48 with Maddy Green (20), Mooney put on 110 for the second wicket with Jess Jonassen (51) before both sliced player-of-the-match Wyatt (2-26) to Carly Leeson at extra cover in the 49th over.

Wyatt also ran out Harris in the penultimate over to give the Renegades some belated momentum.

The Renegades can further press their finals claims with wins against the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder this weekend at St Kilda.