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Osborne, du Preez keep Stars unbeaten


WOMEN’S BIG BASH LEAGUE 2018-19

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Erin Osborne (67) and Mignon du Preez (59 not out) helped Melbourne Stars register a come-from-behind five-wicket win. © Getty

Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars, Burnie

Erin Osborne (67) and Mignon du Preez (59 not out) helped Melbourne Stars register a come-from-behind five-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes in the Women’s Big Bash League game at the West Park Oval. Chasing 158, Stars were 23 for 4 before the duo collaborated for 126-run stand to help the team chase down the target. Reduced to 21 for 2, Hayley Matthews picked two in one over to leave the visitors in all sorts of trouble before Osborne and du Preez rescued the team.

Earlier, put in, Heather Knight’s 82 helped Hurricanes post a challenging score. After an initial wobble, where they were reduced to 8 for 2, Matthews steadied the innings with Knight. With wickets tumbling at regular intervals, Hurricanes were buoyed by the attacking strokeplay by Knight.

Brief scores: Hobart Hurricanes 158/6 in 20 overs (Heather Knight 82; Annabel Sutherland 2-30) lost to Melbourne Stars 159/5 in 19.5 overs (Erin Osborne 67, Mignon du Preez 59; Hayley Matthews 2-23) by five wickets.

Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne

Melbourne Renegades sealed a thriller against Adelaide Strikers as they sealed a six-wicket win on the final ball of the game. Needing a boundary off the last delivery, Claire Koski smashed a four to take her team over the line. The chase, of 154, was set up by Danielle Wyatt’s 62 and then finished by Koski and Erica Kershaw. Wyatt got the chase going but Renegades slipped to 92 for 4. That’s when Koski and Kershaw stepped up with an unbeaten 62-run stand.

Strikers were let down by their middle order after opting to bat. Suzie Bates (54), Sophie Devine (39) and Tahlia McGrath (33) did the bulk of the scoring but from 122 for 1, they slipped to 153 for 7 to lose the contest.

Brief scores: Adelaide Strikes 153/7 in 20 overs (Suzie Bates 54; Georgia Wareham 2-20) lost Melbourne Renegades 154/4 in 20 overs (Danielle Wyatt 62; Amanda Wellington 3-27) by six wickets.

Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers, Sydney

Sammy-Jo Johnson ended with figures of 4-1-9-2 to help restrict Perth Scorchers to 103 for 8. A collective effort from the batting unit then saw Heat seal an easy chase with seven wickets in hand.

Elyse Villani shone bright for Scorchers with 45 but the pressure created by Johnson never allowed the other batters to get away. The next best score came from No. 7 batter Chloe Piparo as Jess Jonassen and Delissa Kimmince also chipped in with wickets.

Brief scores: Perth Scorchers 103/8 in 20 overs (Elyse Villani 45; Sammy-Jo Johnson 2-9) lost to Brisbane Heat 104/3 in 12.5 overs (Jess Jonassen 28*) by seven wickets.

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