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Lee guides Stars to win in Ballarat

23 November 2019

The Stars hit the road to regional Victoria to play crosstown rivals the Melbourne Renegades in the first derby of WBBL|05.

Ballarat’s Eastern Oval was the venue for the clash between the bitter rivals under blue skies and a slightly cool temperature.

Elyse Villani won the toss and elected to bowl first on what looked like a green bowler friendly wicket.

Anna Lanning and Danni Wyatt opened up for the Renegades. Lanning’s first appearance in the WBBL since season three and she didn’t look out of place for the Renegades blasting multiple boundaries in the opening powerplay making life tough for the Stars bowlers.

Nicola Hancock broke the opening partnership when she dismissed in form English woman Danni Wyatt for 9. Wyatt’s wicket brought Tammy Beaumont to the crease where she partnered with Lanning to put on a 74-run stand and setting a platform for the Renegades to launch in the back end of their innings. Anna Lanning departed for 73 off 49 deliveries including ten boundaries.

The Renegades closed out their innings with a brilliant cameo from their captain Jess Duffin 35* to post a very competitive total of 3-165.

Team Green opened up with Captain Elyse Villani and Lizelle Lee with the target of 166 to win in Ballarat.

Unfortunately, Villani was dismissed early for 11, caught by Lanning off the bowling of Tahuhu. This brought Mignon Du Preez to the crease to continue her blistering WBBL|05 form with the bat. Du Preez and Lee put on a 90 run stand to set the Stars up with a good chance of victory.

Lizelle Lee’s innings of 62 off 46 deliveries included seven boundaries but it also was extra special with Lee bringing up her 1000th run for the Melbourne Stars in WBBL on the same delivery she brought her half century up with.

Annabel Sutherland and Erin Osborne came together at the crease following the dismissals of both South African’s in short succession to guide the Stars home to victory for the second time in WBBL|05. Osborne finished 34* off 15 balls including five boundaries and was key to getting the girls the win in the final over of the match.

The Stars now sit with two wins in the WBBL|05 with three games to come for the season.