Finally, the Melbourne Stars’ women are on the board.
After four losses to open the season, including Tuesday’s defeat to the Perth Scorchers in which they conceded the highest successful run chase in Women’s Big Bash League history, the Stars turned the tables on the Scorchers on Wednesday to prevail by 12 runs at the WACA Ground.
It was the first win for the Stars’ men’s or women’s teams this season.
The Stars won the toss and elected to bat, posting a total of 6-149 from their 20 overs. Their South African opener Lizelle Lee, who top-scored with 76 on Tuesday, could only muster nine before being removed by Katherine Brunt, who also claimed the wicket of Anna Lanning (19) en route to figures of 2-13 from three overs. The Stars clawed their way to the competitive total through a series of handy contributions, with Georgia Elwiss (25), Alana King (23), Mignon du Preez (23), Katie Mack (20) and Erin Osborne (17 not out) all chipping in.
The Stars have leaked way too many runs this season, but on Wednesday they kept things much tighter. Scorchers openers Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton had taken the game away from the Stars on Tuesday, but the visitors frustrated Bolton on Wednesday before Emma Kearney struck, with Bolton gone for nine from 28 balls. Still Villani threatened to win the game off her bat, before spinner Alana King, who had been very expensive the day before, had Villani caught in the deep by Gemma Triscari for 72 from 44, leaving Perth 3-107 from 16 overs.
The Stars were able to do enough from there, with the Scorchers finishing at 4-137. The Stars, who have moved off the bottom of the ladder, next play the Adelaide Strikers at Casey Fields on January 5.
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