Grace Harris hit a six despite knowing that her bat was broken© Twitter
England batter Grace Harris produced unprecedented scenes in Women’s Big Bash League 2023, hitting six using a broken bat. Harris clobbered a whopping 136 runs, a record for an individual in WBBL history, setting the stage on fire at North Sydney Oval. Harris produced some sublime knocks in her 59-ball stay at the crease, but the one that garnered the most attention was hit using a broken bat. In fact, Harris’ bat was already broken but she wasn’t willing to exchange it without hitting a maximum.
“Do you need it now, Grace,” a teammate was heard asking the Brisbane Heat batter. “Nah, stuff it, I’ll still hit it,” was Harris’ reply.
Harris then hit Perth Scorchers’ Piepa Cleary over long-on for one of her 11 sixes, sparking epic scenes at the stadium.
“I need a new bat… nah, stuff it. I’ll hit it anyway”
— Weber Women’s Big Bash League (@WBBL) October 22, 2023
Speaking of her innings after the match, Harris revealed how much she enjoyed batting at the North Sydney wicket.
“North Sydney is always a great batting wicket,” Harris said. “I believe it’s a very good ground for batters and a great size for myself so when I come here I just back myself in.
“There wasn’t too much overthinking out there today so it was fantastic.
“Minnie (du Preez) took the game on and was great support; she was picking up boundaries at the same time so I just said ‘just keep going the way we’re going and see what happens’. I knew we needed at least 180 on the wicket because it’s a very flat deck.”
The Brisbane side put 229 runs on the board for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, Perth could only score 179.
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