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Lizelle Lee acknowledges the crowd after her incredible unbeaten century

Stars Open Season with Resounding Win

01 December 2018

The Melbourne Stars Women have cruised to victory at CitiPower Centre, with some incredible bowling from Nicola Hancock and an unbeaten century from Lizelle Lee sealing the deal in our first match of WBBL|04.

The Game at a Glance

The Sixers won the toss and elected to bat, sending in their openers Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy, who were fresh off their T20 World Cup win.

After a stunning opening partnership from Perry and Healy, the WBBL|03 champions posted a total of 165 for the Stars to chase. Nicola Hancock was the best of the Stars bowlers, taking 4-22 off her 4 overs.

An incredible knock from Lizelle Lee of 102 not out saw the Stars find the 166 runs needed to win in the 18th over, winning the match by 7 wickets.

 

With the Ball

The Stars were shaky to begin with, after two dropped catches and a missed stumping proved costly as Perry and Healy piled on the runs.

Annabel Sutherland opened the bowling well, her figures of 0-13 off 2 overs one of the most economical averages of the Stars bowlers. But Healy and Perry put on an incredible partnership, scoring 108 runs before Perry was eventually bowled out by new Star Nicola Hancock for 58 runs.

Holly Ferling nabbed her first wicket in green, taking the wicket of Ashleigh Gardner, who was caught behind by Lizelle Lee in the thirteenth over. But it was Nicola Hancock who was the best of the bowlers, taking 4-22 in her first game for the Stars. She was on a hat-trick after bowling out Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp consecutively in the 18th over, but her third delivery was safely defended by Sara McGlashan.

 

With the Bat

Lizelle Lee and Ange Reakes opened strongly for the Stars, with 18 runs scored off the second over! Their partnership was ended by a false shot from Reakes, who was caught at leg gully by Sarah Aley off an Ellyse Perry delivery.

Katie Mack and Erin Osborne both came out firing, but were quickly dismissed for 3 runs and 5 runs respectively.

Mignon du Preez then came out to steady the ship, scoring 33 runs off 27 balls, including four boundaries. Her batting efforts perfectly complimented fellow South African Lizelle Lee, who continued to score boundaries all over the ground.

Lee was given a life, dropped on 90 runs by Sara McGlashan. Lee went on to score the first century in Stars WBBL history, sealing the deal with a six!

 

Star of the Show

Player of the match went to Lizelle Lee, as her unbeaten 102* propelled the Stars to victory against a seemingly indomitable Sixers team.

Playing from first ball to last ball, Lee was a constant source of runs and controlled, skillful batting throughout the Stars innings.