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Flintoff shines as Stars suffer loss

19 October 2019

There was plenty of hype going into Game 1 against the Hobart Hurricanes at the CitiPower Centre with some new signings boosted by skipper Elyse Villani and experienced star Emma Inglis crossing from cross town rivals the Renegades, along with teenage debutant Tess Flintoff.

Villani started the day off well, winning her first bat flip in charge and sending the Hurricanes in.

Hobart opened with Erin Fazackerley and Stefanie Daffara, and they immediately went on the attack with 20 off the first two overs. Annabel Sutherland made the crucial breakthrough in the second over bowling Daffara for 7 and from there consistent wickets fell across the innings. However the last seven overs of the innings cost the Stars with 78 runs coming from them with Chloe Tryon (46* off 18 balls) and Fran Wilson’s (29* off 23 balls) doing all the damage.

The Stars bowlers toiled well for their first outing of the season but controlling Tyron and Wilson’s big hitting was quite challenging. Erin Osborne was the pick of the bowlers collecting two wickets along with Sutherland and Rafferty’s one a piece.

The target of 165 was on for the girls in green!

Unfortunately, the Stars didn’t have the best of starts with captain Elyse Villani going for zero in her debut for team green. Fellow opener Lizelle Lee was joined at the crease by Emma Inglis and regrettably Inglis soon followed Villani back to the dressing room, being dismissed for four.

Mignon Du Preez joined her fellow country woman Lee at the crease with the aim of moving along positively and building a platform to launch in the latter part of the innings. Du Preez went bang immediately hitting three fours before attempting one to many and being bowled for 12 by Gibson. Things went from bad to worse when New Zealand star Katey Martin went the successive ball and saw the scorecard hovering at 4-36 after 5 overs and the girls in green needing to build a partnership and steady the ship. Lizelle Lee was the only shining star at this stage with teammates falling all around her.

Erin Osborne walked to the wicket with the side in trouble and needing to consolidate without any further scalps. Osborne and Lee put a further 20 on the scorecard before Hurricane Heather Knight took the crucial scalp of Lee and alarm bells going off with the score at 5-65. Sutherland’s stay at the crease was short being run out for 3.

After the Sutherland run out, out came debutant Tess Flintoff to join Osborne at the crease and didn’t take long for the crowd to notice this young star of the future wasn’t going to be phased playing at the elite level. Flintoff’s first two deliveries resulted in back to back boundaries and the situation of the game had changed with the two at the crease fighting hard to get the game back on even terms.

After a 47-run stand, the change of bowling from the Hurricanes did the trick with Osborne being dismissed for an impressive 40. With the score at 7-118, Flintoff went about doing it on her own and the youngster continued to hit the boundaries but as it was the story of the Stars innings, fellow batsman continued to fall around her.

In the end the Stars fell at the first hurdle in their WBBL|05 campaign finishing 9-144 off the 20 overs, 21 runs short of the Hurricanes total.

Tess Flintoff super impressive on debut for the Stars. Erin Osborne had a great day picking up wickets and in the runs.

The Stars will re-group and look to bounce back quickly against the Hurricanes tomorrow here at the CitiPower Centre.

The match starts at 2pm, with gates opening at 1pm – we hope to see many Stars Fans out supporting the girls in green!