Lizelle Lee completed three stumpings and made a blistering unbeaten 77 to lead the Hobart Hurricanes to an eight-wicket win over the STars
Lizelle Lee shone with the bat and the gloves to inspire Hobart Hurricanes to an eight-wicket win over Melbourne Stars and keep her side's flickering Weber WBBL finals hopes alive.
The former South Africa star plundered an unbeaten 77 off 49 deliveries after completing three stumpings in the field.
After dismissing a disappointing Stars for 121 in the final over, the Hurricanes coasted to victory with 23 balls remaining at Allan Border Field.
Lee found a willing partner in allrounder Nicola Carey (38no off 41) in an unbroken 99-run stand for the third wicket.
The Hurricanes moved to nine points on the WBBL ladder, four points behind fourth-placed Sydney Thunder.
The 31-year-old Lee was in supreme form. She was dominant over, and through, the offside and was just as destructive on the legside.
The ball rocketed off the middle of Lee's bat throughout a knock that included four sixes.
Earlier, Stars captain Meg Lanning (27 off 19) played an array of exquisite cuts and drives in a classy cameo at the top of the order.
Melbourne's batters barely got out of first gear.
Just when they looked like doing so, they were dismissed with Maia Bouchier (23) and Annabel Sutherland (24) as prime examples.
The Hurricanes had been sloppy in the field against Brisbane two days earlier at the same venue but they bowled tightly and took their catches.
Lee was in great touch behind the stumps and set the standard in the field.
Five bowlers were among the wickets, including Carey (3-32) who had a fine match and bounced back after copping severe treatment early off Lanning.
Spinner Molly Strano (3-20) cleaned up at the end as the Stars collapsed to lose 6-22.