Sensational Stars snap Heat's streak

13 January 2018

What a difference a day made for Melbourne Stars, which ended Brisbane Heat's winning streak in emphatic style

Rebel WBBL|03, Match 36


The Melbourne Stars kept their Rebel WBBL finals aspirations alive after spinning their way to an upset six-wicket victory over the in-form Brisbane Heat at Mackay.

The Stars set up their third victory of the season with a wonderful performance with the ball, primarily from their tweakers, restricting the Heat to a paltry 8-93 before comfortably chasing the small target down in 17.2 overs.

Off-spinner Erin Osborne was the chief destroyer on Saturday night with the ball, taking 4-20, including gun opener Beth Mooney, who was bowled off the fourth ball of the night.

Wrist spinners Alana King and Kristen Beams combined to snare 3-19 from eight bamboozling overs.

The Heat struggled from 3-8 to 5-29 and things weren't looking much better when they were still reeling at 6-40 in the 13th over, before Southern Stars allrounder Jess Jonassen produced a fine rearguard run-a-ball 46 in difficult batting conditions.

Jonassen also proved more than handy with the ball, finishing with 1-6 off three overs, and Sammy-Jo Johnson took 2-26, but Brisbane's total always looked light-on.

After Lizelle Lee fell for nine, fellow South African Mignon du Preez held the Stars' run chase together, top-scoring with an unbeaten 36 off 34 deliveries to slam shut the Heat's five-match winning streak.

It was also sweet and swift revenge for Friday night's five-wicket loss at the same venue.


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