With both sides out of contention for a place in the finals, the two bottom teams met at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in what turned into an easy win for the Melbourne Stars as they won by seven wickets with 12 balls to spare.
The Hobart Hurricanes continued their miserable season as the Stars put in a great fielding performance as three run outs compounded a muddled batting performance.
It was a difficult start for the Hurricanes as they scored just five from the first two overs. Hayley Matthews then exploded as she struck five fours from the next two overs. The Hurricanes now had a solid base to launch from.
However, Stefanie Daffara was the first run out victim as Annabel Sutherland chased it down and relayed it to Georgia Elwiss who’s throw was too good for the batter.
When Hayley Matthews looked to come down the pitch to Alana King she could only cut it to Katie Martin playing in her first game of this season’s WBBL.
Again, it was going to be important that Isobel Joyce and Georgia Redmayne rebuild a Hurricanes innings. There hadn’t been a boundary for over three overs before Joyce hit the second ball of the twelfth over for four.
It was King that broke up the partnership when Joyce was beaten in the flight to give Nicole Faltum her forth stumping of the season.
55 for 2 became 93 for 7 as a mixture of run-outs and stumpings saw the end of consecutive batters. Redmayne hit straight to Elwiss at mid-off and the England international with the direct hit saw an end to the batter.
It took some late hitting from Erin Fazackerley to help the Hurricanes to 107 for 7.
The Stars needed to rejig their batting because the South African pair of Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez had returned home for an international series with India. King would open the batting alongside Katie Mack.
King who likes to score quickly hadn’t found the boundary when she looked to hit across the line and a low catch from Fazackerley saw Hancock pick up the first of her two wickets.
Mack and Elwiss put the Stars in the driving seat as they put on a partnership of 55 for the second wicket.
Mack was getting the job done in quick time as she hit five fours in an innings of 42 from 44 balls when she was bowled by Matthews going back to a full ball the Stars had all but won the game.
Elwiss fell with four left to win but Erin Osborne and Martin saw the Stars home with little drama.
Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes 107 for 7 (Matthews 34, King 2 for 23)
Melbourne Stars 108 for 3 (Mack 42, Hancock 2 for 2)