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Stars fall short against Hurricanes

27 October 2021

A game-changing knock from former Star Mignon du Preez has propelled the Hobart Hurricanes to victory over the Melbourne Stars at University of Tasmania Stadium.

The Stars were hoping to record two wins on the trot but a stubborn Hurricanes batting line up had other ideas.

The home side won the bat flip and sent the Stars in. Elyse Villani continued her good run of form contributing 35 (29) but it was Victorian Tayla Vlaeminck who did the damage for the Hurricanes with the ball.

Vlaeminck had skipper Meg Lanning (3) and Annabel Sutherland (12) both out chopping onto their wicket as the speedster removed the Stars’ top order.

Despite the early wickets, Maia Bouchier (42) and Kim Garth (44*) played key hands in the middle order to steady the ship for the Stars and post a competitive 4-144 total from their 20 overs.

Things looked promising early as the Stars set out defending their total.

Garth continued her excellent form with bat and ball, striking in the first over to remove Ruth Johnston for a first ball duck and Sophie Day had Rachel Priest caught and bowled for 23 in the seventh over.

With the match in the balance, Mignon du Preez entered the fray.

The South African, a Stars player up until this year, belted 62 off 45 deliveries to wrestle control of the match in the purple side’s favour.

A pair of quickfire 24s from Nicola Carey and Rica Gosh proved too good and the Hurricanes won by six wickets with four balls left.

The Stars now have a break until Saturday afternoon when they take on the Sydney Thunder.

Hobart Hurricanes 4-147 (19.2) defeated Melbourne Stars 4-144.