Brisbane Heat beat the rain and Adelaide Strikers got into the swing of things as weather played its part in more ways than one on the opening day of the WBBL.
Played under gloomy skies in Sydney, only the opening two matches were completed with Brisbane beating Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers easily accounting for Hobart Hurricanes.
At 4-127 from 17 overs, the Stars looked headed for a competitive total against fellow Melbourne side the Renegades when rain stopped play for the day.
And Ellyse Perry's comeback was put on hold as play was abandoned without a ball being bowled between her Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.
The early matches were completed, Beth Mooney top-scoring for new side Perth but her former team Brisbane got the last laugh in the seven-wicket win.
The T20 player of the tournament in Australia's World Cup win earlier this year, Mooney compiled a composed 37 before being run out in the Scorchers' 7-132 at North Sydney Oval.
But after the top four batters got strong starts it was never quite the total the Scorchers should have achieved with Nicola Hancock (2-25) and Delissa Kimmince (2-26) keeping them in check.
In response Heat chased down the total in 17 overs.
The defending champions were anchored by a 78-run partnership between Georgia Redmayne (37 not out) and Grace Harris (53).
"I do admit that I do love North Sydney," said Harris, who hit five boundaries and three sixes in a highly-entertaining 37-ball innings.
"I back myself in over the boundary sizing here. Some sixes today I probably didn't middle but I know I've got the shoulders to have a good crack at it."
Meanwhile Adelaide closed out their match before the weather could close in at Hurstville Oval.
Wisely sending Hobart in to bat, Megan Schutt (2-14) sensationally bowled Rachel Priest and Hayley Matthews in back-to-back first over balls.
The Hurricanes never recovered, the stumps skittled another four times as they were eventually routed out for 84.
Naomi Stalenberg top-scored with 28 while Darcie Brown (3-13) and Amanda-Jade Wellington (3-19) picked up where Schutt left off with the hooping ball.
In response the Strikers made light work of the total, South African international Laura Wolvaardt (51 not out) at one stage clubbing four boundaries in six balls as they secured the result in 14 overs for the loss of just two wickets.
Australian Associated Press