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Stars women fall just short of victory in sydney

06 January 2019

The girls in green got off to a great start with exceptional bowling performances, but it wasn't enough to keep the Thunder at bay.

The Game at a Glance

The Stars won the toss and elected to bowl first, dark clouds loomed but kept their distance in the end to allow for a great game of cricket!

Stars skipper Erin Osborne elected for a purely pace bowling attack during the powerplay, a strategy that paid off as the Thunder were limited to just 2-35 after 7 overs. Holly Ferling struck early and snagged the wicket of Rachel Priest for the second time in two days. Annabel Sutherland was finally rewarded for her consistent and disciplined efforts and finished with the best figures of the Stars bowlers with 2-17.

A great all-round effort from the girls, despite a late fight-back from Nicola Carey in the dying overs, and the Thunder set the Stars 123 for the win.

The two openers settled nicely and added 33 runs before Lizelle Lee was dismissed LBW by young spinner Maisy Gibson in the 8th over. Wickets fell quickly for the Stars, while Mignon du Preez stood strong, Osborne and Mack were dismissed for a duck, and Georgia Elwiss for 8 runs. Unfortunately Mignon was dismissed with a great diving catch from Stafanie Taylor off her own bowling. The tail put up a fight for the chase, but ultimately fell short of the win by an agonizing 5 runs.

With the Ball

The Stars bowlers were incredibly disciplined during the powerplay, with captain Erin Osborne opting for a bowling attack of pure pace. Fast bowlers Annabel Sutherland, Holly Ferling and Nicola Hancock combined to restrict the Thunder to 2-35 after 7 overs.

Sutherland was the best of bowlers, finishing with figures of 2-17, including the big wickets of Rachael Haynes and Harmanpreet Kaur for just 1 run. Alana King was also incredibly impressive, with 3 wickets coming off her bowling; 2 catches and 1 run out.

The Stars showed their prowess in the field too, with great support consistently stopping the ball before it reached the boundary, and a sharp throw from Katie Mack running out Thunder skipper Alex Blackwell for a single-digit score.

With the Bat

Lizelle Lee and Ange Reakes settled nicely early, a slower start was remedied with some big overs towards the end of the powerplay, and the Stars sat on 0-30 after 6 overs. Lee fell short afterwards, dismissed LBW for 12 runs by Maisy Gibson. Mignon du Preez came out to the middle and was instrumental in putting up a fight for the chase. Wickets fell all around her, Osborne and Mack both dismissed for ducks. Mignon du Preez was dismissed shortly after with a great catch from West Indian Stafanie Taylor, her effort of 25 runs not enough to see the Stars over the line. The tail put on a good effort in the chase, but the Stars fell short by an agonizing 5 runs.

Next Up

We’re heading back up to Brisbane to take on the Heat on January 10.