The Melbourne Stars have been Scorched by the Perth side in a comprehensive 10 wicket loss at Karen Rolton Oval.
It was a tough day out for the Stars, who are now sitting on four wins and six losses for the season and will need to get back on the winner’s list if they want to stay in the hunt for finals.
After winning the bat flip and electing to bat on the traditionally friendly batting wicket, the opening overs did not go at all to plan for the Stars, who lost three wickets in the Powerplay.
It began with the loss of Meg Lanning, who went early for just one run, edged onto her stumps off the bowling of Marizanne Kapp.
Annabel Sutherland followed shortly after, frustrated by dot balls, she took on a full toss but mistimed it to Lisa Griffith to go for a duck.
A third wicket came with the last ball of the Powerplay, Maia Bouchier was bowled by Alana King and she also walked back to the dugout without adding a run to the total.
Thankfully for the Stars, alongside Elyse Villani, one player started to get going. Kim Garth, the Irish international all-rounder, looked the most comfortable at the crease.
A nice drive through extra cover for four kept the total ticking over for the Stars, whose slow run rate struggled with the regular wickets.
Villani made just 16 runs before she was also bowled by King, a ripping ball that just went straight through Villani as she mistimed her stroke.
Garth continued with Erin Osborne, then Linsey Smith, followed by Nicole Faltum – who was caught and bowled for a duck – and Tess Flintoff, before the international had to depart for 31.
She was caught by Chloe Piparo, off the bowling of Player of the Match Sophie Devine.
Flintoff had plenty of confidence out in the middle and snuck a reverse sweep around the corner past third man for four.
While Flintoff’s stint didn’t last long out in the middle, the final three batters including Flintoff, Sophie Day, and Rhys McKenna put on a few extra runs to give the Melbourne Stars something to defend.
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Finishing at 9/97, it was always going to be a tough ask for the Stars to defend such a small total on a ground the size of Karen Rolton and with in-form batters Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine at the crease.
The Stars were unable to break the opening partnership between Mooney and Devine, who demolished the target within 11 overs.
Without a top-order batter firing, the Stars struggle to put a competitive total together and this has been a recurring problem this competition.
There’s work for the squad to do ahead of their derby with the Renegades on Thursday. They then have a nine day break before taking on the Scorchers and Strikers in the final weekend of regular matches.
The Melbourne Stars face another tough challenge tomorrow, coming up against the Renegades at Karen Rolton from 4:50 pm AEDT.
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