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Stars defeat Hurricanes as Sutherland shines

18 November 2020

The Melbourne Stars have completed back-to-back midweek wins after a commanding 39 run victory over the Hobart Hurricanes at Hurstville on Wednesday afternoon.

Melbourne Stars Vs Hobart Hurricanes Match Highlights


The win should see the Stars secure top spot on the Rebel WBBL ladder going into next week’s finals series.

The Stars lost the toss and were sent in by the Hurricanes with Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning putting on a 36 run opening stand before the skipper was caught behind off the bowling of Chloe Rafferty for 21.

From there Elyse Villani and Annabel Sutherland took hold of the match with the pair putting on a partnership that delivered more than 100 runs.

Player of the Match Sutherland, who smashed five 4s and two 6s in her knock, finished with her best batting performance of the tournament so far with 72 runs off 51 deliveries.

Annabel Sutherland speaks after her Player of the Match performance

Villani scored 56 from 47 to anchor the innings and drove the Stars to a 3-159 total at the innings break.

In reply, the Stars bowlers carried on their momentum from previous matches.

Hurricanes openers Rachel Priest and Nicola Carey put on a 32 run opening stand but it was the returning England star Katherine Brunt who broke the deadlock for the Stars, trapping Priest LBW for 24.

When Australian all-rounder Nicola Carey fell to Annabel Sutherland in the 12th over for 23, the Stars sensed their chance to increase the pressure with the ball.

Two wickets to Sophie Day and a second wicket for Katherine Brunt was well supported by Ferling, King and Sciver to see the Hurricanes finish their innings at 8-120 after 20 overs.

The Stars next take on the Brisbane Heat on Saturday morning at Drummoyne Oval.