The scene was set in Melbourne for another scintillating derby between the Stars and the Renegades, as over 1000 fans packed into the CitiPower Centre in St Kilda to watch this huge game unfold between the cross-town rivals.
The Renegades skipper Jess Duffin won the bat flip and put the Stars into the middle for the first innings, and the two opening batters for Team Green wasted no time in getting the scoreboard ticking.
The Stars big hitter, Lizelle Lee, looked in particularly dangerous form hitting the rope on multiple occasions with ease. When the South African is hot, she is a scary proposition to bowl at, and the Renegades were struggling to find a line and field that would tame her scoring.
After five overs, the pair had taken the score to 37 for no wicket, building a solid platform to start speeding up the run rate.
In the seventh over, Lee started showing her power and smashed a brutal six over the rope and across the CitiPower fan zone to the applause of the home crowd. That seemed to set the tone for the next stage of the innings, with the openers upping the pace and working the fielders hard.
Villani played more of the supporting role to Lee, rotating the strike and picking up the odd boundary here and there when needed – but Lee did what she does best: smash runs! The pair got to their 100-run partnership in the 12th over, which Lee hit for 17 runs, and looked in great shape to set a huge target.
The Renegades then came back at the Stars with two quick wickets, that of both Lee and Villani off the bowling of Molly Strano, which seriously halted their progress. Mignon du Preez and Annabel Sutherland came and went in quick succession, but Erin Osborne and Nicole Faltum rebuilt the Stars innings and hit a massive 19 run last over to propel the green's innings to 3/162 at the break.
Skipper Elyse Villani opted to open the bowling with Erin Osborne, and her faith in the spinner was repaid straight away, as she spun a stunning ball back in and clean bowled the dangerous Anna Lanning for just four runs.
The Stars were in jubilation the very next over, when the two Renegade batters got into a muddle in the middle and skipper Villani launched the ball into the keeper’s end to Faltum - who whipped off the bails to run Danni Wyatt out for just six.
The Renegades then started re-building, but the Stars were keeping the scoring low and the run rate was continuing to creep up. At one point, the Stars were in complete control when Tess Flintoff got the breakthrough of Tammy Beaumont, who tried flicking the ball over the keeper's head and was caught in the inner field by Holly Ferling.
Jess Duffin and Courtney Webb then built a phenomenal partnership in the middle part of the innings, dragging the Renegades back into the game and giving them an outside chance of taking the win. This still looked tough though, especially when Villani took a fabulous catch to send Webb back to the dugout.
It all came down to the last over, and the Renegades had worked themselves back into a winnable position, needing eight runs off the six balls of Tess Flintoff. They edged over the line with just one ball remaining.
Heartache for the Stars, who face up against the Brisbane Heat in their last game of WBBL|05 at the CitiPower Centre tomorrow at 3 PM.