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Stars fall short in Canberra

27 November 2019

The girls in green hit the road for the final time in WBBL05 to take on the Sydney Thunder at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Captain Elyse Villani won the toss and sent the Sydney Thunder into bat. Under blue skies in the nation’s capital and a temperature of 26 degrees – all was set for a great afternoon of big bash cricket.

The Thunder opened with Rachel Priest and Naomi Stalenberg, with Erin Osborne taking the new ball for the Stars.

Rachel Priest hit back to back boundaries before Sutherland delivered a perfect delivery dismissing her for 12. Naomi Stalenberg and Alex Blackwell were building a nice second wicket partnership before King and Faltum combined to dismiss Stalenberg stumped for 30.

Following Stalenberg’s dismissal, the experienced Blackwell took it upon herself to be the backbone of the Thunder’s innings. Regular wickets fell throughout the backend of their innings, but Blackwell was unstoppable hitting nine four’s and one six on her way to 65 when she was dismissed in the 19th over.

The Thunder finished their 20 overs on 6-162. Annabel Sutherland the pick of the bowlers for the Stars collecting 2-31 from her four overs.

The Stars opened their chase up with experienced duo Lizelle Lee and captain Elyse Villani.

Disappointment for Lee in Canberra, as she was dismissed with a controversial LBW decision for naught. Villani then hit six boundaries in quick succession to move to 25 off 12 balls.