Latest Match Report – Stars vs Hurricanes 42nd Match 2023/24

Hurricane Hobart Defeated by 122 for 2 (Lee 77*, Carey 38*). Melbourne Stars 121 (Lanning 27, Strano 3-20, Carey 3-32) by eight wickets

He shone with bat and gloves to inspire the Hobart Hurricanes to an eight-wicket win against the Melbourne Stars.

The former South Africa star scored an unbeaten 77 off 49 balls after three stumpings in the field. After dismissing a disappointing Stars line-up for 121, the Hurricanes looked for victory with 23 balls to spare at the Allan Border Field.

Lee found an unbeaten 99 for the third wicket with all-rounder Nicola Carey in a favored partnership. Carey scored an unbeaten 38 off 41 balls.

Lee, 31, was in top form. She dominated, and was devastating through the offside and on the legside. A knock that included four sixes was bowled across the middle of Lee’s bat.

Earlier, Stars skipper Meg Lanning played elegant cuts and drives in a classy cameo at the top of the order but fell for 27 off 19 runs.

Melbourne’s batters never got out of first gear. When they looked to do so, after turning 20, with Maia Bouchier and Annabelle Sutherland as prime examples, they were dismissed as failing to kick on.

The Hurricanes were sloppy in the field against the Brisbane Heat at the same ground two days ago, but they bowled tight and took their catches. Lee was excellent behind the stumps and set the standard in the field.

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Five bowlers were wickets, including Carey, who had a brilliant game and bounced back to overcome tough treatment from Lanning early on.

Off-spinner Molly Strano took 3 for 20 as the Stars slumped to 6 for 22 in the 20th over.

The Hurricanes moved up nine points on the WBBL ladder, four behind fourth-placed Sydney Thunder.

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