Beautiful conditions greeted both sides at the WACA on Saturday afternoon.
The Stars were looking to earn their first win of WBBL|05 and coming up against the Perth Scorchers, a side in a similar position on the ladder.
The Stars lost the bat flip and Meg Lanning opted the Scorchers would bowl first in the crucial encounter.
Captain Elyse Villani and experienced South African Lizelle Lee opened for the Stars and from the get-go they went on the attack posting a 59-run stand before Villani departed for 16 after going for one to many and caught on the boundary at deep square leg.
Lizelle Lee took it upon herself to construct a brilliant innings which consistently put pressure on the Scorchers bowlers with boundaries flowing at a descent rate. The experienced South African couldn’t be stopped with her batting partners across the innings providing quality support to her show.
Lee went on to make a brilliant century, her second century for the Stars in the Big Bash off 65 balls including thirteen fours and three sixes. The most dominant batting innings for the Stars of WBBL|05 setting a target of 156 for the Scorchers to win.
The Scorchers with experienced duo Lanning and Jones opened up with the same mentality as the Stars did, being very aggressive. It was short lived with Villani taking a straightforward catch off the bowling of Holly Ferling.
Lanning showed her class proving a challenge for the Stars bowlers to contain until youngster Maddie Penna came into the attack and dismissed the dangerous skipper for 40. Shortly after the Scorchers captain departed Nicole Bolton was also on her way LBW for four off Osborne.
Natalie Sciver provided resistance for a number of overs in the middle to late part of the innings but when she fell for 26 off the bowing of Penna, the Stars were etching ever so closer to their first win of the season.
Heather Graham and Georgia Redmayne were both run out late in the Scorchers innings and that was enough to give the Melbourne Stars their first win of WBBL|05 by 20 runs.
Lizelle Lee the clear highlight of the day with her amazing innings, the South African was awarded Player of the Match.
The Stars will look to continue on their winning ways against the Sydney Sixers tomorrow again at the WACA from 2:00pm AEDT.