Sport Melbourne Stars scorch Perth on the back of Lee ton

14:10  02 november  2019
14:10  02 november  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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The Melbourne Stars have produced a stunning form turnaround to scorch Perth ’s hopes of another home Big Bash League semi-final. Batting first, the equation for the Stars was to win by 38 runs or greater to unseat the Scorchers from second spot on the ladder.

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South African master blaster Lizelle Lee has launched the Melbourne Stars to a first victory of the WBBL season with 103 not out in a 20-run win against the Perth Scorchers at the WACA.

Batting first, the Stars’ 3-155 was their largest total this campaign. It was anchored by a 59-run opening stand between Lee and skipper Elyse Villani and a 40-run partnership for the second wicket between Lee and Mignon Du Preez.

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Lee, with her second career WBBL century, held the innings together on Saturday and ensured a tough run chase.

Heather Graham (2-27) and quick Kim Garth (1-24) were the only Scorchers bowlers able to make breakthroughs.

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It only worsened for Perth, with bowler Piepa Cleary taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg after landing on it awkwardly trying to save a boundary in the final overs of the innings.

Chasing 156 for victory, Amy Jones jump-started the innings with a quickfire 17 before Scorchers skipper Meg Lanning launched her own counter attack with Nat Sciver.

As Lanning was about to push on, she was undone by young leggie Madeline Penna (2-24) who had the Australian captain stumped for the first time in her WBBL career for 40.

Penna picked up Sciver (26), as the Stars kept picking up wickets and the Scorchers could reach only 6-135 from their 20 overs.

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