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Villani shines as Stars suffer loss

20 November 2019

A superb day greeted both sides at the CitiPower Centre with temperatures above 30 degrees for the afternoon.

Captain Elyse Villani lost the toss courtesy of good friend but foe for the day Meg Lanning and the Stars were sent into bat on a wicket that had a slight green look to it but overall perfect conditions for batting.

Experienced duo Villani and Lee got the innings off to a great start with the opening partnership of 51 before a controversial moment saw Lee depart caught in the deep, although there was much confusion surrounding the height of her delivery potentially being a no ball above shoulder height. However, umpires gathered and gave her out for 24.

Lee’s departure brought fellow country woman and in form batter Mignon Du Preez to the crease and she started where she left off with some blistering shots off her first few deliveries. Du Preez delivered a stunning cover drive for four that brought up her 1000th run for the Stars in WBBL.

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The Stars finished their 20 overs on 6-149.

Experienced pair Amy Jones and Captain Meg Lanning opened for the Scorchers and made life quite difficult for the Stars, batting at a steady pace without any risks.

The Australian Captain and English international were in sublime form for the entire innings, posing no opportunities for the Stars girls to dispatch them until nearing the close of the match when the partnership was broken on 147.

The Scorchers cruised to a victory winning by 9 wickets.

The Stars will look to bounce back quickly against cross town rivals the Renegades in the away Derby at Eastern Oval in Ballarat.