Our upcoming two games against the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena are crucial for our girls as the WBBL finals are still anyone’s race.
Last Time We Met
Hobart Hurricanes 4-97 def. Melbourne Stars 7-96 by 6 wickets.
Last time we took on the Hurricanes it was a performance to forget, going down by six wickets to our cross-Tasman rivals. Our opponents were too good with the ball, managing to keep us to a total of just 96 from our 20 overs. Sciv took 2-23 off her four overs when it was our turn with the ball but it was not enough to stop the Canes from chasing down our total.
Players to Watch
Sciv was the standout for the Stars when we last played the Hurricanes, taking two wickets for 23 off her four overs and making our second-biggest score with the bat with a knock of 20 runs. She was also the best performer in our last game against the Scorchers and is proving one handy player to have around. The Canes better watch out for this all-rounder because Sciv has the ability to turn a game on its head with both the bat and ball.
The Skipper has been absolutely crucial to our success this season and we’re going to need some real power hitting from the best female cricketer in the world to help get us over the line. The Megastar has again absolutely crushed it this season, making the most runs for both the Stars and the WBBL comp. We just know a big score is just around the corner for the Skipper!
Trixie has taken the most wickets for us this season, snagging 12 from her 11 innings. Her pace bowling has been an absolute weapon and we’re going to need her to be at her dangerous best to help us get back on that winners list.
Satterthwaite will be one of our biggest hurdles in our two clashes with the bat and ball. Arguably the Hurricanes’ best all-rounder this season, Satterthwaite has scored the second most runs, the second most wickets, has the highest batting average AND has had the best bowling innings for the team with 5-17. Yep, definitely need to watch out for this one!
Matthews has been another weapon for the Canes in WBBL|02, taking 17 wickets from her 11 matches. She’s also another purple player with a five-wicket haul this season, snagging five wickets for just 19 runs in her best innings. Matthews can also strike the ball well too, and with a strike rate of 100.00 and a high-score of 48, she really is one player that can win the game off her own abilities.
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We're coming off a mixed weekend in Perth with one win and one loss. with a finals spot still not locked down, we know the girls will be doing all they can to ensure they’re in the race for that Big Final. With some great team performances this season, we know the girls can produce some absolute magic so let’s hope that’s the case in these two games.
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The Hurricanes have been very up and down in their last few matches, but sitting only one spot behind us on the WBBL ladder, they too are fighting for a finals spot. With more than one other team sitting on equal points on the ladder, net run rate will also be important in our clashes so we can trust the Canes will be bringing their absolute A game to make sure they are there for finals. Bring it one!
Lucky for you Stars fans our Saturday morning game will be broadcast LIVE on Channel 10 with coverage starting at 11.30am! You can also today's both LIVE on the WBBL Facebook page or on cricket.com.au.