Brisbane Heat West Indies star Deandra Dottin. Picture: Annette Dew
Brisbane Heat West Indies star Deandra Dottin. Picture: Annette Dew

Heat star returns to field of nightmares

DEANDRA Dottin is ready to turn her house of horrors into a field of dreams.

Dottin will run on to Allan Border Field today for the first time since her sickening collision in last summer's Women's Big Bash League.

The Brisbane Heat star recruit's season was cut short when her face was shattered after colliding with teammate Laura Harris in the outfield.

The West Indian still sports two titanium plates in the cheekbone that exploded, leaving her without feeling in parts of her face.



The 26-year-old spent much of this year wearing a specially designed mask to protect her face but has left it in her kit bag and is ready to take on the Perth Scorchers.

"I'm feeling pretty good - I've been waiting to come back," she said.

"It was pretty tough after that collision but it taught me a lesson. You have to control what you can control.

"I give thanks to the almighty because it could have been worse. I'm back stronger than ever.

"I'm having a couple of headaches but that's normal. I'm good.

"The feeling has come back in my cheekbone. There is probably only 5 per cent numbness now."

The Heat need Dottin to fire today if they are to trump the Scorchers, who won the opening clash of the season between the two sides last weekend by 18 runs.

Dottin, who has whacked a T20 international century from just 38 balls, was bowled for 10 in the first match but said she was ready to roll on home turf.

"I'm feeling better given I flew in late and was a bit jet-lagged (before the first game)," she said.

"It's a big game. We need to stick to the basics and try to bounce back stronger than we were in the first game.

"I've got confidence in the girls we can."

All-rounder Delissa Kimmince was the star for Brisbane in the opening round, striking an unbeaten 87.