Erin Osborne’s Melbourne Stars have suffered back-to-back WBBL losses, going down to the Melbourne Renegades in a nail-bitter at Marvel Stadium.
The Renegades passed the Stars’ 130 total with one wicket and one ball to spare.
Batting at No.4, Osborne made a 13-ball six, before opening the bowling with Annabel Sutherland and finishing with 1-26 off her four overs.
In their previous match, the Stars lost by 17 runs to the Strikers at Adelaide Oval on December 23. The Stars have four wins from nines matches and sit fifth on the ladder.
The Sydney Sixers, with sevens wins from nines matches, lead the competition.
The Stars’ next match is against the Renegades at the MCG on Tuesday afternoon.
On Saturday, the Renegades won the toss and sent he Stars into bat, with Lizelle Lee and Ange Reaked taking no time finding the boundary. Stars top-scorer Lee struck five fours before being caught in the deep for 36.
Despite some good hitting and excellent running between the wicket by Mignon du Preez and Georgia Elwiss, the Stars fell relatively cheaply.
In the field, the Stars’ Holly Ferling was on fire in her second over, taking two wickets for two runs.
She and Alana King combined as the Renegades lost three wickets for five runs.
But Amy Statterthwaite (a 33-ball 37), the player of the match, and Claire Koski (a 19-ball 26) steadied the ship for the Renegades.
However, when Statterthwaite, Kershaw and Brown (two) all fell quickly, the Renegades wobbled and soon slumped to 9-128. Osborne claimed Brown’s scalp.
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