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The Stars fall 45 runs short despite a Villani 50

03 November 2019

The Melbourne Stars put up a valiant fight against the Sydney Sixers in Perth, after being set 200 runs to win, but came up short despite a courageous 50 from Captain Elyse Villani.

The Sixers won the toss and elected to bat and took control of their innings in the opening ten overs of the game, on what was a great batting track at the WACA, with Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy in great form at the top of the order.

The Stars skipper Villani was trying different bowling combinations to tame the pair, but the conditions were in favour of the batters and they were able to cruise to 83 runs after ten overs, with minimal scares.

The Sixers then accelerated through the second part of their innings, with both openers working the ball around the ground well, eventually going on to score an incredible wicketless 199 runs with Alyssa Healy knocking a spectacular 106* unbeaten.

The Stars had a huge chase on their hands but got off to a great start, with Lizelle Lee and Villani taking it to the Sixers bowlers. After a couple overs of getting their eye in, they started playing their shots and hit a massive 18 runs in the 3rd, with both batters having a share of the much-needed boundaries.

There was then a flurry of quick wickets, with Lee going first after trying a big shot off the bowling of Ashleigh Gardner, and was caught at point.
Mignon Du Preez went shortly after in an unlucky fashion, being run out at the non-striker’s end when a shot from Villani was flicked on to the stumps from the Sixers bowler.

The Skipper then stood up, playing her shots and driving her team forward. She was finding the boundary nicely and got the scoreboard ticking along – cutting and sweeping the ball well and putting pressure on the opposition bowlers.

She was struggling to find a partner that could stick with her though, but still managed to get to her 50 off of just 35 balls. She fell not long after raising the bat, after mistiming a slower ball bowled by Sarah Aley she was caught easily at extra cover.

The wickets slowed the Stars innings and the run rate was starting to creep up to well over 12 an over, and despite a couple of good innings from Katey Martin (31) and Nicola Faltum (20) the Stars were unable to get to the mammoth 199 set by the Sixers, and fell short by 45 runs.

The next Stars game is on Sunday 10th November against the Strikers in Adelaide, 2:10PM start (AEDT).

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