Exhausted, Dizzy And Barely Breathing: The WBBL Hero
Gutsy has a new face and its name is Beth Mooney.
The Brisbane Heat have upset the Sydney Sixers in the WBBL final at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney. It's their first title in the tournament's four years.
For that, they can largely thank player-of-the-match Beth Mooney, who has played one of the most incredible innings of mental strength, skill and physical resilience ever seen on an Australian cricket field.
After the Sixers batted first and put 7/131 on the scoreboard -- in front of a parochial sellout crowd at the picturesque harbourside ground -- the Heat lost early wickets.
They were 2/14 and struggling. Meanwhile, the fierce Sydney sun blazed down with high temperatures, even higher humidity and barely a breath of wind.
Even for a team of visiting Queenslanders, these were brutally oppressive conditions. Mooney was brutal herself when required, slamming the ball all over the ground.
But between big hits, she was really feeling it. Numerous times, she was down on her haunches, calling for ice packs and her inhaler.
But the 25-year-old wicket keeper batter played on. And her contribution proved to be match-winning.
Mooney had been more than handy with the gloves earlier in the day too.
The Sixers threatened to steal the game late as wickets fell around Mooney, thanks to some incredible fielding from -- who else -- Ellyse Perry.
But Mooney's innings of 65 off 46 balls was enough of a platform to set up victory for the Heat, which they achieved with four balls to spare.
What an innings. What a match. What a season.
And as commentator Alison Mitchell pointed out, what a wonderful change for the women's game in the past 10 years.
And now Beth Mooney has played an innings they'll talk about for another ten years.