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Erin Osborne and Mignon du Preez celebrate during their 130-run partnership against the Hurricanes

Osborne and du Preez Shine in Thrilling Win

08 December 2018

The Stars have pulled off an incredible comeback victory after losing 4 wickets in the first 6 overs, reaching the target of 159 with a ball to spare!

The Game at a Glance

The Stars came out firing at the Hurricanes, with Annabel Sutherland and Nicola Hancock opening the bowling and both finding important early wickets. The international recruits for the Hurricanes fell cheaply; Hayley Matthews and Smriti Mandhana out for 18 runs and a duck respectively.

The Hurricanes fought back after a great knock from Heather Knight with 82*, and posted a competitive total of 158.

The Stars lost four wickets within the first 6 overs, leaving captain Erin Osborne and Mignon du Preez with plenty of work to do. The girls in green dug deep, and with some expert running between wickets and some slick boundaries seeing the Stars to a thrilling victory with a ball to spare.

 

With the Ball

Annabel Sutherland was the pick of the bowlers, picking up the wickets of international greats Hayley Matthews and Smriti Mandhana for 18 runs and a duck respectively. Hancock also struck early, snatching the wicket of Erin Fazackerly for 7 runs in her first over. Erin Osborne bowled a neat spell, ending with figures of 1-20 off her four overs.

Alana King was lightning in the field, taking two catches before snagging the wicket of Stefanie Daffara off her own bowling. Holly Ferling took the spectacular catch to dismiss Daffara, pulling off a fantastic dive in the deep. Katie Mack continued to show off her fielding prowess with a sharp throw from the outfield running out Georgia Redmayne for 8 runs with the help of keeper Lizelle Lee.

 

With the Bat

The Stars had a shaky start to their batting effort, losing Lizelle Lee cheaply for only 2 runs after a quick stumping by Georgia Redmayne. Angela Reakes added some superb boundaries before falling for 15 off a Hepburn delivery. Both Alana King and Katie Mack fell cheaply, leaving the Stars on 4-23 in the sixth over.

Erin Osborne and Mignon du Preez put on a masterclass in running between wickets, consistently scoring two runs per delivery. As they settled at the crease the boundaries began to flow, Osborne found the boundary four times, and du Preez smashed three deliveries over the rope for six.

Both batters were superb, and both reached the 50-run milestone. Their match-winning partnership added 130 runs to the Stars total.

Osborne was dismissed in the second last over as she was caught by Phillips in the deep, but the girls in green dug deep and found the target of 159 with a quick single and one ball to spare.

 

Star of the Show

After her brilliant efforts with both bat and ball, captain Erin Osborne was given player of the match honours. Her incredible score of 67 runs off 46 balls and her neat and tidy bowling steadied the Stars and steered them to their incredible victory.