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Big Bash Women: Who's impressing so far

It is very early days in the Twenty20 Big Bash Women 2023 but already the Brisbane Heat are looking like they could be the team to beat.

The Heat have won all four games so far and can be backed at 2.00 to reach the final, which will be played on 2nd December.

There is still a long way to go of course, and there is plenty of time for teams to hit form and make a push for the title.

Sydney Thunder have also started well with two wins from two and look set to challenge along with Perth Scorchers.

Let’s take a look at the highlights from the opening fixtures.

Brisbane Heat set the pace

Brisbane have got the campaign off to an electric start, winning all four games they have played so far.

The most significant of those wins saw them defeat the pre-tournament hot fancies Perth Scorchers by a whopping 50 runs.

Heat made 229-7 off their 20 overs, while the Scorchers could only manage 179-8.

Brisbane’s other wins have come against Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Heat and they could take some stopping this season.

Thunder start well

Sydney Thunder have only played two games but have shown great potential when winning them both.

Thunder began in perfect fashion when thrashing arch rivals Sydney Sixers by 42 runs, before seeing off Melbourne Renegades by eight wickets.

The win against the Renegades was particularly impressive. The home side made 147-5 off their 20 overs, but Thunder made light work off the total.

They made 152 for the loss of just two wickets and got there with 15 deliveries remaining.

Athapaththu shines for Thunder

Chamari Athapaththu has been one of the stand-out players so far in the Women’s BBL, and has been instrumental in both of their wins.

In the opening win against the Sixers, Athapaththu hit 52 runs and then took 3-20 before impressing again against the Renegades.

Athapaththu smashed 80 runs off just 54 deliveries and helped put on an opening stand of 99 runs with Tahlia Wilson.

The innings included 13 fours and four sixes, and if Athapaththu can carry on with such form throughout the competition, Thunder will be in the mix.

Harris also in top form

Brisbane Heat batter Grace Harris is also in top form and currently sits top of the standings for runs scored.

Harris has already amassed 242 runs in four matches at an average of 80.66. Her top score so far is 139 not out, which came off just 59 deliveries against Perth Scorchers.

The opening bat has also scored 49, 39 and 18 runs so far and looks sure to be a big player for the rest of the tournament.

Leading wicket-takers

When it comes to bowling, Hayley Matthews of Melbourne Renegades and Lauren Cheatle from the Sydney Sixers, top the charts with eight wickets from four matches.

Matthews sits at the very top though as her economy rate of 6.73 is better than Cheatle’s 8.37.

Perth Scorchers star Chloe Ainsworth has played in just three matches but has taken seven wickets with an economy rate of 7.50.

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