On another cracking day in Launceston, the Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bowl, no doubt hoping to strike quickly against the Stars dangerous top order. Unfortunately, the Stars didn’t read the script and took control of the innings from the off, reaching 0-45 off the first seven overs, with Elyse Villani looking very dangerous.
The 'Canes needed a flash of inspiration, and it was fitting that the birthday girl, Tayla Vlaeminck, stepped up to provide it, clean bowling Annabel Sutherland on 12 with a ferocious in-swinger that left her no chance.
Not satisfied with this, Vlaeminck took the stumps out of the ground again in her next over, clean bowling Meg Lanning for 3, before repeating the feat two balls later to remove Villani on 35 with an absolute rocket.
With the Stars now sitting at 3-58 through 10 overs, it had been a spell for the pacey Vlaeminck to remember, but certainly one the Melbourne side would quickly hope to forget.
Maia Bouchier and Kim Garth were tasked with steadying the ship for the Stars, and to the 'Canes frustration they did just that, steadily adding runs to the total throughout the second half of the innings. Try what they might, the Canes’ were unable to dislodge the pair, who added 83 runs until Molly Strano finally had Bouchier caught on 42 in the 19th over of play.
When the sides left the field at the innings break, the Stars had recovered from their middle overs slump to post a very respectable 4-144, with Garth unbeaten on 44 of just 29 deliveries.
Unfortunately, it was a familiar story for 'Canes fans early in their batting innings, with an early wicket in the first over saw Ruth Johnston depart for a duck.
As she so often does, skipper Rachel Priest assumed responsibility, playing through the pain of a finger injury sustained in the previous match to lift the side in purple. A flurry of boundaries saw Priest make a valuable 23 off 27 deliveries before falling caught and bowled, steadying the Hurricanes and taking them to 2-34 through seven overs.
The new pairing of Nic Carey and Mignon du Preez were busy together from the off, pinching runs with excellent movement between the wickets and going downtown on occasion as well. At the halfway mark, the two had the 'Canes sitting at 2-59.
After the drinks break, Mignon flicked a switch – and began taking the Stars bowlers to task. The boundary seemed under threat at all times as she moved into the 40s, with Carey playing an ample supporting role to bring the Canes’ to 2-88 through 13 overs.
An enormous six gave Du Preez her first 50 in purple, much to the delight of the crowd as the 'Canes continued to eat into the total with apparent ease. However, a horrible piece of bad luck saw Carey fall on 24 to even the game a touch – the 'Canes were 3-107 with the pair adding a critical 74 runs between them.
Richa Ghosh joined du Preez at the crease, but Mignon seemed in no mood to slow down and continued swinging for the fences. However, her luck ran out on 62 when she was caught in the outfield, leaving to a standing ovation from the 'Canes faithful who appreciated every second of her brilliant innings.
With only a handful of runs left to get in the final overs, a grandstand finish was on the cards, and Richa seized the moment, smashing the ball to the fence, including a brilliant four down the ground to secure the win in the last over of the game.
The 'Canes finished on 4-147 to win by six wickets, with Richa finishing on 24*, and Stalenberg on 3* to secure an epic victory.