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High Five: Stars Strike Club Record Fifth Consecutive Win

10 November 2020

The Melbourne Stars have won a club record five consecutive wins after defeating the Adelaide Strikers by five wickets in Blacktown.

Mignon du Preez (61 off 50) and Elyse Vilani (46 off 43) led the Stars in a classy run chase, after English all-rounder Nat Sciver took 4/29 with the ball.

Electing to bowl first in warm, sunny conditions, Sciver put the Strikers on the back foot early, dismissing Tahlia McGrath for LBW with her first ball of the match.

The Strikers fought back hard with a 57-run partnership for the second wicket, but the ninth over saw Sophie Day combine with wicket-keeper Nicole Faltum to break the stand, stumping Suzie Bates for 28.

Annabelle Sutherland then claimed Bridget Patterson (LBW) in the 13th over, before Tess Flintoff bowled Laura Wolvaardt for 46, swinging the momentum into the Stars’ favour.

Sciver claimed another three wickets in the final over, while Alana King and Katherine Brunt bowled economically to help restrict the Strikers to a total of 7/140.

In response, Meg Lanning, fresh off three consecutive half-centuries, was off the mark in style with a flick off the pads for six.

But the captain was soon caught for 11, bringing du Preez to the crease.

A calm, collected, and classy partnership between du Preez and Elyse Villani ensued, as the experienced pair combined for 92.

Villani was caught on the boundary after a slog sweep in the 15th over, but du Preez raised the bat moments later, bringing up her half-century with a down-the-ground maximum.

du Preez powered on before being bowled late in the game, as Anna Lanning hit the winning runs with a boundary in the final over.

The Stars will now look to extend their consecutive wins record with a clash against the Sydney Thunder on Saturday night.