Our WBBL team have won their second practice match in Wellington today, overcoming the Wellington Blaze by 38 runs in today’s Basin Blast.
What a game Stars fans! We had some unbelievable batting, the return of Meg Lanning, Natalie Sciver and Morna Nielsen, and on top of that, we have beaten the Wellington Blaze by 38 runs!
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Stars skipper Meg Lanning must have known today was going to be her day. Opening the batting line-up with wicketkeeper Emma Inglis, the girls survived the whole innings and piled on a massive total of 204! Officially armed and dangerous, Lanning and Inglis blasted them all over the Basin, smashing a collective 32 fours and 3 sixes before finishing the 20 overs unbeaten on 128 and 72 runs respectively.
Sophie Devine and Eimear Richardson opened the batting for the Blaze and started strong, hitting a big 47 runs off the first four overs. Reaching the seventh over of the innings, our breakthrough finally came by the hands of recent recruit Danielle Hazell. Taking the danger wicket of Sophie Devine for 54, Hazell halted the Blaze’s opening partnership in its tracks and turned the tide for the Stars.
After her dominant performance yesterday, Gemma Triscari’s form continued, taking 2-14 off four overs and snagging the wickets of Liz Perry and Frances Wilson. What a spell! Alana King also took a wicket today, bowling Eimear Richardson for 27.
Now no Aussie feels right cheering on a Pom when it comes to cricket, but when English off-spinner Danielle Hazell snagged the danger wicket of Sophie Devine for 54, we just couldn’t help ourselves! Taking her first wicket for #TeamGreen at a crucial moment in today’s match, Hazell is already starting to show why she is currently the fifth best women’s T20 bowler in the ICC Rankings.
How could we go past the skipper?! Meg Lanning is an absolute superstar and showed today just why she is the number one ranked batter in the world. Batting through the entire 20 overs and making 128* off 62 balls, Lanning’s opening partnership with Emma Inglis helped steer the team to a massive total of 204. Smashing an unbelievable 22 fours and 2 sixes against the Blaze, we can’t wait for Lanning to light up the WBBL with her batting superpowers.
“I think something we didn’t do well that we could have today is our fielding. We’ve got to take our chances in the field and probably be a bit cleaner as well. We’ve seen glimpses over the two days of what we can do and it’s just about putting it together on the day. After a close loss yesterday we were looking to bounce back and have a good all-round performance so it was good to get the win and hopefully we can take that momentum into the first game.” – Stars Captain Meg Lanning
The Next Game:
With their practice matches complete, our Stars girls now head to Sydney for the opening weekend of the WBBL where they face reigning champs the Sydney Thunder in their first game at North Sydney Oval on Saturday night. It’s a tough first game for #TeamGreen but after today’s performance we think we’ll have a great contest on our hands! #GoStars!
You can watch the Stars’ first game against the Thunder LIVE on Channel 10 on Saturday at 6.00pm.