The resurgent Melbourne Stars have cruised to an eight-wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes in their WBBL clash at the MCG.
Chasing a modest 108 for victory off their 20 overs and with both sides playing solely for pride with finals out of the equation, the Stars sailed home with ease, achieving victory with 12 balls remaining.
Opener Katie Mack (42) was adjudged player of the match after leading the Stars’ steady chase and was well supported by England international Georgia Elwiss (28).
Nicola Hancock (2-18) produced her best WBBL spell with the ball but the Hurricanes were caught short with the bat due to a combination of haphazard running between wickets, sharp Stars fielding and tight bowling from the home team.
Hobart started well enough with West Indian Hayley Matthews (34) and wicketkeeper Georgia Redmayne (20) laying a solid foundation.
A 5-12 collapse which included two run outs and two nifty stumpings from the fast hands of Stars keeper Nicole Faltum caused the Hurricanes’ innings to grind to a crawl.
Alana King (2-23) and captain Kristen Beams (1-11) were the pick of the bowlers, helping the seventh-placed Stars to their third win from their past four starts.
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