WBBL08 Player Focus: Tess Flintoff (Stars)

THE past week of WBBL action saw some big scores across the league, and some players in a hurry to make the runs.

One of those was Melbourne Stars young Tess Flintoff, who broke the WBBL record last week for the fastest half century.

Normally better known for her bowling, her 51 not out off just 16 balls helped put her side in a commanding position. The Stars’ 5/186 was more than enough to down the Adelaide Strikers, who could only manage 8/164.

When Flintoff came to the crease, the Stars were 3/115 and two balls into the 16th over.

The Stars were two balls into their Power Surge and had just lost Annabel Sutherland who had skied one and was caught and bowled off Megan Schutt.

Flintoff did not take too long to get going, taking the aerial route over the inner ring of fielders to see her first ball faced head down to keep cover for four.

The fours did not stop there, with her very next ball on its way to deep point for yet another boundary.

She and Lauren Winfield-Hill were looking settled for about an over before Winfield-Hill also got caught and bowled, this time by Deandra Dottin.

She spent the 16th over at the non striker’s end, but once Flintoff did get back facing, she kept the pace of runs up, as she hit five runs in the 18th over, which did include a four.

But the 19th over was where Flintoff really got going, smacking a six over square off the very first ball of the over.

She almost got caught the very next delivery, but luckily for Flintoff she got dropped by Jemma Barsby.

Flintoff really made the Strikers pay the following ball, whacking another six this time over deep backward square.

The runs did not end there in the penultimate over for Flintoff, who whacked a four hard over cover to end the over.

The final over saw Flintoff hit two fours and a six to reach the milestone.

In a somewhat poetic moment, she brought up the milestone with a six whacked over between long on and deep mid wicket on the very final ball of the innings.

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