WBBL runs flow as Perth scorch the Stars

Big-hitting half centuries from Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton have helped the Perth Scorchers defeat the winless Melbourne Stars by nine wickets in a Boxing Day WBBL run-fest at the WACA.

Despite the large winning margin, the home side were made to work hard before reaching 1-164 to overhaul the Stars’ 4-163 with nine balls to spare.

Opener Villani led the way with a spectacular unbeaten innings of 84 from 53 balls, including two sixes.

With Bolton, the Australia international colleagues put on a rollicking stand of 140 for the opening wicket.

Bolton, who collected player of the match honours for her 67 from 52 balls, was dismissed with victory in sight in the 17th over.

The Melbourne Stars would have fancied their chances of a maiden win after posting a highly competitive total thanks to sparkling half century from South African Lizelle Lee.

Opener Lee cracked the ball to all parts of the WACA in hitting 76 off 62 balls, including eight fours and three sixes.

She received fine support from compatriot Mignon du Preez (40 off 35 balls) in a 96-run stand, while Katie Mack chimed in with a late cameo of 29 off just 14 deliveries.

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