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The Stars fall agonisingly short of first WBBL05 victory

27 October 2019

The Melbourne Stars came painfully close to picking up their first victory of the WBBL season after Sydney Thunder chased down 142 runs in the final few balls of the game to win the match.

The Stars were put in to bat and the innings exploded into life in the fourth over, when Lee smashed back-to-back sixes off the bowling of Shabnim Ismail to race the Stars to 28 runs.

From that point on the pair started firing and looked in great touch, playing their shots and hitting a succession of boundaries to build a solid platform. The Stars skipper, Villani, played an important role in rotating the strike and freeing up Lee to paste the opposition bowling attack with some huge hitting.

The South African eventually went on to reach her 50 in the 10th over, after knocking four sixes in the opening exchanges of the match. To her frustration though, she went for one big shot too many only a few balls later and was caught on the boundary off the bowling of Hannah Darlington.


That didn’t slow the scoring though, as the captain Villani took the pace of the game into her own hands - returning to form and getting some much-needed runs.

She eventually bought up her 50 in the 14th over when she run a single down to fine leg, a much-needed knock by the skipper that will do her the world of good. Similar to Lee she was caught not long after going for a big shot towards the legside boundary.

This slowed the Stars innings slightly, but some useful runs from Katey Martin and Mignon du Preez saw #TeamGreen end their innings with 141 – which is their highest score of the season so far. The Sydney Thunder innings started off with some quick scoring and boundaries.

The talking points came in the middle overs when Tess Flintoff and Madeline Penna came on to bowl, with both youngsters picking up their first-ever WBBL wickets.

Penna went on to take four wickets from the innings for just 20 runs at an economy of just five an over, an incredible start to her Melbourne Stars career.

The Stars looked in good shape going into the 17th over with the Thunder needing 33 from the remaining three, but with two fours being hit by batter Alex Blackwell and a massive six coming off the bat of Rene Farrell – Thunder suddenly had the upper hand.

And in the last over got the four runs that they needed to take them to victory with two balls remaining.

Our next match is against the Perth Scorchers at WACA in Perth on Saturday 2nd November at 6.55PM.