‘Stuff it, I’ll still hit it’: Grace Harris called for a new bat … then did this

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The records keep tumbling in the Women’s Big Bash League.

Less than 24 hours after the Adelaide Strikers beat Melbourne Stars by 148 runs after dismissing the Stars for just 29 – both WBBL records – Grace Harris clobbered an unbeaten 136 for Brisbane Heat at North Sydney Oval.

Grace Harris breaks her bat while clubbing a six for the Heat.Credit: Seven

Harris faced just 59 balls en route to her record knock, the highlight of which came in the 14th over when the 30-year-old called for a new bat after the first ball of Piepa Cleary’s over.

“Do you need it now, Grace,” a teammate was heard to ask over Channel Seven’s commentary.

“Nah, stuff it, I’ll still hit it,” was Harris’ reply.

And hit it she did, carting Cleary over long-on for one of her 11 sixes, with the remainder of her bat doing its best to follow suit.

Grace Harris pulling the strings for the Heat at North Sydney Oval.Credit: Getty

Harris took just 24 balls to reach her half-century and exactly double that to notch up the ton. Mignon du Preez (39) was next best for the Heat, who set the Sixers an imposing total of 230 for victory.

“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 visitors’ 7-229, however, was one number that didn’t trouble the record books. The all-time highest team score in the WBBL came almost six years ago when the Sixers hit 4/242 against the Stars – also at North Sydney Oval – in December 2017.

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