Grace Harris broke her bat while hitting six in WBBL 2023-24; video goes viral

The fifth match of the Women’s Big Bash League 2023-24 between Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers displayed a high-scoring first inning as the Scorchers’ opener Grace Harris went all over the park to score an unbeaten 136 runs off 59 balls with the help of 12 fours and 11 sixes. However, the 30-year-old all-rounder raised the eyebrows of many with her fourth six of the match and breaking her bat into two in the process.

After winning the toss, Perth Scorchers invited Brisbane Heat to bat first and Jess Jonassen’s side registered a huge total of 229 runs at a loss of seven wickets. Apart from Harris’ unbeaten centurion knock, South Africa wicketkeeper-batter Mignon du Preez scored 39 runs with seven fours. On the other hand, Perth all-rounder Amy Edgar picked up three wickets while Chloe Ainsworth dismissed two players.

Ahead of the second ball of the 15th over, Grace can be heard on the stump mic asking for a new bat as she said, “I need a new bat…” After talking to Bess Heath, who was on the non-striker’s end, the Australian opening all-rounder resumed the play by stuffing the handle into the bat and said, “Nah, stuff it. I’ll hit it anyway,” and went on to hit a maximum, however, her bat was broken into two pieces during the process.

Watch the video here:

Harris hit 11 sixes and 12 fours in her spectacular knock against the Scorchers and broke Indian opener Smriti Mandhana’s ( 114-off-64 ) highest score in the WBBL 2021. While chasing the target, Perth lost four wickets at 100 runs in 10 overs as wicketkeeper-batter Beth Mooney quick-fired 60 runs at a strike rate of 200 with six fours and four sixes. However, no other batter could make an impact in the run chase so far.

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