Hobart Hurricanes 122 for 2 (Lee 77*, Carey 38*) beat Melbourne Stars 121 (Lanning 27, Strano 3-20, Carey 3-32) by eight wickets
The former South Africa star plundered an unbeaten 77 off 49 deliveries after completing three stumpings in the field. After dismissing a disappointing Stars line-up for 121, Hurricanes coasted to victory with 23 balls remaining at Allan Border Field.
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.
Melbourne’s batters barely got out of first gear. Just when they looked like doing so, they were dismissed with Maia Bouchier and Annabel Sutherland as prime examples after reaching 20 and failing to kick on.
The Hurricanes had been sloppy in the field against Brisbane Heat two days earlier at the same venue but they bowled tightly and took their catches. Lee was superb behind the stumps and set the standard in the field.
Five bowlers were among the wickets, including Carey who had a fine match and bounced back after copping severe treatment early off Lanning.
The Hurricanes moved to nine points on the WBBL ladder, four points behind fourth-placed Sydney Thunder.
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