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WBBL: Last Time We Met Melbourne Stars

08 December 2018

Ahead of our rebel WBBL|04 weekend matches against the Melbourne Stars on Saturday and Sunday at West Park in Burnie, here is a look back at the last two matches #TasmaniasTeam played against our Victorian counterparts.

  

The Hurricanes were determined to make an impact in their final matches of their tough WBBL|03 campaign, with back-to-back games against the Melbourne Stars rounding out the season.

  

Hobart Hurricanes 7-107 (20 overs) def by Melbourne Stars 3-108 (18) at the MCG, Saturday January 27, 2018 (WBBL|03)

  

The Stars won the toss and elected to bowl first, electing to chase down the Hurricanes' total in the opening match of the Big Weekend.

   

Stefanie Daffara and Hayley Matthews put on 45 for the first wicket, before the former was run out by Georgia Elwiss on 13.

   

Matthews made a solid 34 from 30 including five boundaries before she fell in the ninth over with the score on 55.

   

It was slow going for the Hurricanes from that point onwards, with Georgia Redmayne (20 from 23 balls) the pick of the remaining batters, as Tasmania's Team managed just 107 from their full 20 overs.

 

The Stars started their innings slowly, with Nicola Hancock's dismissal of Alana King coming late in the fifth over when the score was just 22.

  

Eventual Player of the Match Katie Mack (42) and all-rounder Elwiss (28) then knuckled down and took control for the home side, steering the Stars to victory with two overs to spare.

  

Nicola Hancock, now playing for the Stars in WBBL04, recorded the impressive figues of 2-18 from four overs in vain, with Hayley Matthews taking 1-26 from her four.

 

Hobart Hurricanes 6-130 (20 overs) def Melbourne Stars 7-128 (120) at the MCG, Sunday January 28, 2018 (WBBL|03)

  

The Hurricanes were focused on bouncing back in their final match of the season, and found themselves again sent into bat by the Stars.

  

Stefanie Daffara recorded a pair of unlucky thirteens for the weekend, departing with the scorecard reading a concerning 38 in the seventh over.

  

Hayley Matthews and Georgia Redmayne then went to work, with Matthews hitting five boundaries to make a run-a-ball 44, and Redmayne batting into the final over for a score of 40 to see the Hurricanes post a respectable 130.

  

The Stars looked to be on track early on in their innings, with opener Katie Mack again threatening to break the Hurricanes' hearts.

  

Enter Hayley Matthews and Nicola Hancock, who dismissed Kasey Martin and then Mack, to ensure the remainder of the match would be a close one.

  

Erin Osborne toiled away for a score of 30, with Veronica Pyke claiming her key wicket in the 17th over to tilt the game in the favour of the visitors.

  

The Stars needed 10 runs from the final over, with Matthews chosen to deliver the crucial six balls.  A four from the first ball raised concern, but Matthews held her nerve to claim a wicket with her third ball, conceding just eight runs overall as the Hurricanes held on for a thrilling victory.

  

Matthews was deservedly awarded Player of the Match honours for her all-round contribution, claiming 2-19 from four overs after a strong performance with the bat.

 


This Weekend:

 

The Hurricanes will be looking for their first point of WBBL|04 against the Stars, having fallen just short of the Perth Scorchers in their opening match.

 

The Stars claimed a thrilling win over the Sydney Sixers last week, with Lizelle Lee making the first-ever century by a Stars WBBL player.

 

Don't miss any of the action from West Park in Burnie this Saturday and Sunday with both matches free to attend and live on www.cricket.com.au.

 

Hurricanes Squad:

 

Sasha Moloney (C)

Brooke Hepburn (VC)

Stefanie Daffara

Katelyn Fryett

Corinne Hall

Heather Knight (OS)

Smriti Mandhana (OS)

Hayley Matthews (OS)

Rhiann O'Donnell

Meg Phillips

Veronica Pyke

Georgia Redmayne