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.
🔥 Junior! 4⃣ through square leg, 4⃣ through backward point, 4⃣ through point. That's 5 boundaries for the skipper 🙌— Melbourne Stars (@StarsBBL) November 27, 2019
SCORE | 1-21 (3) Villani 20* & Du Preez 0*#WeWillShine 💚
Mignon Du Preez joined Villani at the crease and went straight on the attack. Arguably the in-form batter of the WBBL, Du Preez and Villani put on a superb 78 run partnership to set up a great finish at Manuka Oval. The Captain’s knock came to an end on 43 off 35 balls, including eight boundaries.
Following Villani’s departure, Du Preez took it upon herself blasting boundaries all over the ground. However, as the season’s script has gone as soon as we get near it unfortunately it came to an end, with Du Preez departing for a well made 55 off 50 balls.
Erin Osborne and Nicole Faltum were left with a challenge off the last two overs, needing 39 runs.
The Stars day ended with an 18 run loss in Canberra.
Player of the match was Alex Blackwell for her knock of 65 from 47 deliveries for the Thunder.
The Stars will re-group and look to finish the WBBL season off on a high with the festival weekend at the CitiPower Centre starting Saturday with the derby against rivals the Melbourne Renegades, then on to the clash against the Brisbane Heat on Sunday afternoon.