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Match report: Stars v Hurricanes

19 October 2021

The Hobart Hurricanes treated their fans at Blundstone Arena with an absolutely flawless display against the Melbourne Stars, claiming their first win of the Weber WBBL|07 season by 63 runs.

Sent into bat, the crowd at Blundstone Arena had cause to be nervous in the early stages – whilst captain Rachel Priest made a strong start, Ruth Johnston (2), Mignon Du Preez (1) and Richa Ghosh (2) all fell cheaply in the early overs, leaving the Canes at 3-39.

However, this only seemed to spur Priest on, who began swinging for the fences while Nicola Carey adopted a supporting role. No section of the boundary was safe as Priest swiftly brought up her 50, firing on all cylinders to the delight of those in the stands.

When Carey fell for a patient 14 off 19 balls, Stalenberg adopted her role at the crease, allowing Priest to continue her onslaught. Six after six brought her into the 90s, and it was only fitting that she brought up her century with a maximum, raising the bat in the 19th over to raucous applause.

Stalenberg chipped in with boundaries of her own, and the innings ended with the Hurricanes 4-152, with Priest unbeaten on 107, an inspirational knock including 10 4s and seven sixes, and the Hobart Hurricanes first ever century in the WBBL to boot.

Any fears of the energy disappearing after the change of innings were quickly erased, with Molly Strano taking the wicket of Elyse Villani for nought with the second ball of the innings. Lightning struck again in the third over, with Strano removing Annabel Sutherland for two, caught by Sasha Moloney to leave the Stars shellshocked at 2-3.

The Stars steadied momentarily, before Tayla Vlaeminck removed Maia Boucher, with Strano turning fielder this time, taking an excellent catch in the deep. Superstar Meg Lanning and Kim Garth did their best to repair the damage for the Stars, before the Hurricanes unleashed their secret weapon, 18-year-old Ruth Johnston.

Johnston trapped Garth LBW for 13 to have the Stars sitting on 4-57, then grabbed the prized wicket of Meg Lanning, clean bowling the Australian international just one over after Amy Smith clean bowled sister Anna.

Not wanting to be left out, Nic Carey got in on the act, taking two wickets of her own to leave the Stars teetering at 8-71, before Johnston took it upon herself to clean bowl the final two batters, giving herself astonishing figures of 4-8 and knocking the Stars over all out for 86.

Unsurprisingly, Rachel Priest was named Player of the Match, for her sensational innings of 107 not out, a knock that included 17 boundaries (including seven sixes).

The Hurricanes now have a short break ahead of their next clash against the Adelaide Strikers in Launceston this coming Saturday.

Filed Under

Hobart Hurricanes Women

Melbourne Stars Women

Weber WBBL|07