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Stars come up short against the Strikers

10 November 2019

The Melbourne Stars fought hard with the bat to give themselves a fighting chance of chasing down the 165 run target, but fell short after a flurry of late wickets slowed their progress.

Skipper Elyse Villani won the flip and put the Adelaide Strikers into bat. The opening exchanges were largely uneventful until Mignon du Preez dropped the Striker's opening batter, Sophie Devine, in the third over after a wayward cut shot.

This would potentially go down as the key moment in the match, as Devine started building what would become a great innings, scoring quick runs and increasing in confidence with every ball.

The Stars started to pick up some handy wickets though, with Erin Osborne getting Suzie Bates to start, slog sweeping to deep mid-wicket and being caught by du Preez - who held her nerve in the outfield.

Young spinner Madeline Penna then came into the attack and looked dangerous from the off, getting Tahlia McGrath in her first over. In her very next, she bowled what could arguably be considered the best ball of the game, drifting one in and taking Bridget Patterson's middle stump.

The youngster would eventually pick up another wicket in her spell but unfortunately had an expensive last over with 31 runs being hit from it. The Strikers finished their innings 4/164 - which was largely thanks to Devine's incredible 85* (56).

The Stars innings started off badly, with the Skipper Elyse Villani getting caught on the leg boundary after flushing a full toss straight to the fielder.

The two South African batters in the Stars line up started to build a good partnership after the early loss though, with the hard-hitting Lizelle Lee crushing a few boundaries and her partner Mignon du Preez using her skills to find the gaps.

In the middle part of the innings, they started to take it to the Strikers - moving the scoreboard along quickly. The Stars found themselves 114/1 with just over five overs to go, with Lee and du Preez bringing up their fifties and a 100 run partnership.

They were suddenly considered the unlikely favourites until a collapse happened in the last five overs of the game, which started with the wicket of Lee - caught at deep backward square leg.

Osborne and Martin followed shortly after and then the hopes of a Stars win was lost with the fall of du Preez for 70 runs, stumped by keeper McPharlin off the bowling of Wellington.

The wickets continued to fall in the final few overs of the game and eventually the Stars ended their innings 8 -147, 18 runs short of the 165 run target set by the Strikers.

After three weekends on the road, the Stars return home to take on the Brisbane Heat at CitiPower Centre on Wednesday, 2.00 pm start.

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Adelaide Strikers Women

Melbourne Stars Women

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