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Stars women miss out on Derby win

01 January 2019

There was some great play and outstanding moments, but the girls in green fell just short of claiming hometown bragging rights.

The Game at a Glance

The Stars women won the toss and chose to bowl first, with the Renegades getting off to a good start thanks to Sophie Molineux, who top-scored for the girls in red with an unbeaten 78. Nicola Hancock was the first of the Stars bowlers to claim the wicket of Danii Wyatt, before Holly Ferling followed suit sending two Renegades batters back to the dug out. Alana King was superb and was rewarded with the wicket of Renegades captain Amy Statterthwaite on her last delivery.

The Stars women struggled with the bat, losing the top order quickly before Georgia Elwiss stepped up to steady the girls during the middle overs. She eventually top-scored with 22 runs, but it wasn’t enough to get the Stars over the line, with the Renegades winning by 49 runs.

With the Ball

The Renegades got off to a good start during the powerplay, with Sophie Molineux leading from the front. Nicola Hancock was the first of the Stars to strike, removing Danii Wyatt for 32 runs. Alana King was superb with the ball; she only gave away one run in her third over, and was rewarded for her incredible spell with a wicket off her last delivery. Holly Ferling was the best of the bowlers and finished with figures of 2-30 off her four overs.

The Stars finished with a run out on the last ball of their bowling innings with a target of 150 to chase.

With the Bat

The wickets fell quickly for the Stars top order, with Lizelle Lee first to fall when she was run out during the 2nd over. Erin Osborne and Ange Reakes put up a good fight, but the Stars never fully recovered, and found themselves on 5-59 after 12 overs.

Georgia Elwiss and Annabel Sutherland combined to steady the ship during the middle overs, until Annabel was caught in the deep for 14 runs.

Georgia Elwiss stood tall and top-scored with 22, but it wasn’t enough to get the Stars home at the MCG. The girls finished on 7-101 after the 20 overs, conceding a 48 run victory to our crosstown rivals.

Next up…

We’re off to Blacktown in NSW to take on the Sydney Thunder on Saturday the 5th before the Stars men host the Thunder at Metricon Stadium as part of our home game at the Gold Coast.