A stunning summer’s day resulted in a big turnout coming down to the Melbourne Stars’ Family Day at Casey Fields.
Along with Twenty20 games being played by both the men’s and women’s teams there were plenty of activities available to keep fans entertained throughout the day.
The women opened the day’s events competing against the Under-16 Southern Pioneers. Although losing both openers Meg Lanning and Katie Mack early, the Stars recovered with 11 boundaries between Nat Sciver and Emma Inglis increasing the run rate as the Stars reached 135.
This gave the bowlers enough to work with and they got wickets early, getting four Pioneers players out before they reached 20 runs.
In another game taking place on the adjoining field, the Men’s Victorian Indigenous side took on the Victorian Police cricket team. The Noogal boys set up the 77-run victory in their batting innings with a top score of 56* from Damon Egan helping to set the Victoria Police 181 runs to chase.
Noogal stayed on top for the duration of the game with Victoria Police still chasing over 100 runs in the final five overs.
The Stars’ men’s side then faced the Victorian Premier Cricket All-Stars in the afternoon, and a stunning 48-ball hundred from Englishman Luke Wright set up a big win for the Stars. Wright hit 10 fours and six sixes as the Stars racked up 3-282 off their 20 overs.
The All-Stars were never really in the contest, with early wickets hurting their chase. Scott Boland and new recruit Adam Zampa both took three wickets as the Stars ran out winners by 105 runs.
Earlier, both Stars sides were presented to the crowd at Casey Fields with Vice-captain James Faulkner reinforcing the aim of the men’s side to go one further and win the silverware in BBL|05.
Natalie Plane and Nathan Gardiner were also officially welcomed into the Stars’ sides as Community Rookies and presented with their shirts.
The signing sessions were ever popular with people of all ages lining up to get their autograph cards, bats and cricket balls signed , and to grab a photo with their favourite Stars players.
The carnival atmosphere continued throughout the day with plenty of activities being run to entertain families alongside the cricket. Lawn balls, golf, tennis and AFL were all among sports for fans to try out, with Headspace and the Ted Whitten Foundation also serving as a reminder for people to continue to take care of their mental and physical health.