Another mixed day for Melbourne in WBBL

SUNDAY’S action in the WBBL saw a double header at Melbourne’s Junction Oval, but things did not all go to plan for the two home sides.

Hurricanes do it easy against Renegades

The first half of the double header was not great for home side in the Renegades, who were easily beaten by the Hobart Hurricanes to the tune of eight wickets.

After the Renegades were restricted to a mere 9/101, the Hurricanes reached the target with 14 balls spare in their innings.

It really was a disastrous innings with the bat for the Renegades, who only had two batters make a double figure score – Hayley Matthews (49) and Josie Dooley (16 not out). They lost their first wicket after only two overs and with only five runs on the board and never recovered from there.

On the flipside Heather Graham had another great game with ball in hand, picking up three wickets. She was ably assisted by Molly Strano and Nicola Carey, who also picked up two wickets each.

In reply the Hurricanes certainly took their time, but were led by Elyse Villani (46 not out) and Carey (25 not out) to safely reach the target with plenty of balls spare.

Stars win two in a row with big win over Heat

Things went much better for the Melbourne Stars in game two of the double header, where they won their second match in a row when they downed the Brisbane Heat by 15 runs.

The Stars batted first and made 5/156, before restricting the visitors to 7/141.

Although none of the Stars batters made massive scores, enough of them got solid starts to help push the total score up. Maia Bouchier top scored with 41, while Sophia Dunkley and stand in skipper Annabel Sutherland both made 37.

Meanwhile Nicola Hancock and Amelia Kerr were the wicket takers for the Heat, picking up two each.

In reply the Heat got off to a fairly good start, but once the wickets really started to tumble the scoring really started to dry up and in the end they ran out of time to get the score.

Kerr was the pick of the Heat batters with 36, while Georgia Redmayne made 32.

Sophie Day was the pick of the bowlers for the Stars, taking three wickets. She was ably assisted by Sutherland who picked up two wickets of her own.

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