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Preview - The Battle for Burnie

06 December 2018

The Stars WBBL team run on for their bowling innings at CitiPower Centre

We’re off to a flyer Team Green! With such a good start to the season, the girls are pumped heading into the next few games. Here’s what to expect this weekend:

The Girls in Green

After a triumphant win at CitiPower Centre over the big weekend, the girls are radiating confidence heading into their next match against the Hurricanes. The Stars went into their opening match as underdogs against the Sixers, but came out on top with a comfortable win.  Lizelle Lee is in fine form with the bat, her unbeaten century propelling the Stars to victory against last year’s champions. New recruit Nicola Hancock also impressed with her figures of 4-22, even almost snagging a hat-trick in the 18th over. With some sharp fielding efforts like Katie Mack’s superb catch to send Erin Burns back to the dug-out, the Stars women are looking dangerous in all facets of the game.

Here come the Hurricanes

The Hurricanes Women’s team finished last in WBBL|03, winning one of only two wins last season against the Stars at the MCG. The Hurricanes won that match by only two runs, and the girls in green will be anxious to reinstate their winning record over the Tasmanian team. The Hurricanes started WBBL|04 strongly last Saturday, just narrowly losing to the red-hot Perth Scorchers. Erin Fazackerly proved that she was a force to be reckoned with, scoring a six off the first ball she faced and going on to make 38 before being run out by Kate Cross. The Hurricanes bowlers put in a valiant effort, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Scorchers snatching victory with 4 balls to spare.

Last Time We Met

Erin Osborne starred at the MCG with figures of 3-23 off her four overs. West Indian Hayley Matthews top-scored for the Hurricanes with 44 runs off 43 balls, and her bowling effort of 2-19 earnt her player of the match honours. It was a tough day at the office for the Stars overall, the girls needed 10 runs off the last over but only managed to score 8, falling agonizingly short of victory.

 

What’s Different in WBBL|04?

This will be Nicola Hancock’s first game against her old side and after her incredible performance in Melbourne, she’ll be one to watch. Hayley Matthews didn’t play in the Hurricanes opening match of the 2018/19 season, as she fractured her toe in training. She's been named in the Hurricanes squad for our match on Saturday, so all eyes will be fixed on how she's recovered from her injury. We’ll be playing the Hurricanes back to back so there’s very little rest for either team as they head into the match on Sunday.