The Melbourne Stars were defeated by the Hobart Hurricanes at Allan Border Field on Friday.
Stars go down to Hurricanes on the road
Windy conditions in Queensland couldn’t halt the Stars from getting off to a fast start, with Maia Bouchier wasting no time, getting off the mark with a powerful shot to the leg side on the first ball she faced.
Skipper Meg Lanning played a classic cover drive to bring up her 3000th career run in the WBBL, punishing the first of three consecutive deliveries to the boundary, as the pair combined to take the Stars to 0/35 after four overs as they recorded their highest powerplay score of the season.
Annabel Sutherland steadied the run flow with 24 as the Stars took the power surge, while some strong hitting from Sophie Reid featured late in the innings.
Tess Flintoff was a welcome addition for the Stars in her first game of WBBL|09, returning to the side after recovering from a back injury to make a quick fire 15 as the Stars were dismissed for 121 in the 20th over.
The Stars were boosted by back-to-back early wickets to have the Hurricanes on the back foot at 2/23 after the power play.
Current BKT Golden Arm leader Sophie Day broke through to be the Stars’ first wicket taker in her 50th game for the team, extending her tally to 20 wickets to sit alone atop the leading wicket taker count in WBBL|09.
Kim Garth claimed the big wicket of Elyse Villani the following over, however the Stars couldn’t get the job done as the Hurricanes chased down the required target in the 17th over.
The Stars will return home to host the Brisbane Heat at the CitiPower Centre on Sunday.
Match report written by Jordon Hudson