Perth: The Melbourne Stars keep breaking records in this summer’s Women’s Big Bash League. Alas for the bottom-of-the-ladder team, they also keep falling on the wrong side of history.
On the season’s opening weekend the Stars conceded 4-242 against the Sydney Sixers, by far the highest total recorded since the competition began in late 2015.
On Tuesday at the WACA the Stars were at it again, unable to defend their seemingly strong score of 4-163 from 20 overs. With experienced Australian top-order duo Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton finding gaps almost at will, the Stars fielded poorly, helping the Perth Scorchers complete the highest successful run chase in the WBBL, reaching 1-164 and continuing the Stars’ winless run this summer.
Almost from the outset of the chase things looked ominous for the Stars. Villani and Bolton looked largely untroubled, while the Stars repeatedly allowed balls to squeeze through fielders to the rope.
Alana King (0-40 from three overs) and Georgia Elwiss (0-37 from 2.3) copped the most stick, however even deep in the chase the Stars still had their chances to contain the damage. But Katie Mack dropped Villani in the deep on 55 and 64 off the bowling of captain Kirsten Beams (0-17 from four). Erin Osborne eventually controlled a return catch to remove Bolton for 67 with the score 140, but Gemma Triscari then dropped Villani on 71, hurting her hand in the process, and the Stars’ capitulation was almost complete.
Former Stars player Nat Sciver was in the middle as Villani (84 not out from 53 balls) hit a six over long-on to seal victory for Perth with nine balls to spare.
The Stars had reached their total after South Africans Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez put on 96 for the second wicket.
Du Preez was dropped on 33 by Piepa Cleary, however Lee needed little assistance as she amassed eight fours and three sixes en route to 76 from 62 balls. Lee and du Preez (40 from 35) fell in the 17th over to consecutive balls from Emma King, but the late hitting of Mack (29 not out from 14) boosted the Stars’ score.
Lee said it was “obviously disappointing” to lose after posting such a competitive total. “We made a few mistakes in the field, and it cost us dearly,” Lee said.
The teams meet again at the WACA Ground on Wednesday.
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