WBBL 2022: Hurricanes beat Stars

The Hobart Hurricanes have taken a massive step towards the WBBL finals after they bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to the Stars with a crucial 38-run win.

The Hurricanes are in third spot after they moved up to 15 competition points with two matches remaining, and importantly they have a two-point buffer over the Scorchers and Strikers, who have inferior net run rates.

Hobart will seal its spot in the finals if it beats Adelaide on Friday, while a loss could mean a sudden death showdown with the ladder-leading Sixers when the regular season wraps up on Sunday.

It wasn’t her most fluent innings, but an unbeaten half-century to Mignon du Preez held the innings together as the hosts reached 7/152 before their bowlers did the job to all but end the Stars’ hopes of finishing in the top four.

They are three points behind fourth with two matches remaining, but those games are against teams above them on the ladder who still have everything to play for.

ROPE BURN

It’s a good thing the Hurricanes won otherwise we’d be hearing a lot more about a couple of tight calls which should have gone their way.

Not every game in the WBBL has the technology to review every ball and that could have proved costly, with Hobart robbed of a few runs because of missed calls.

And du Preez was involved in both decisions, with the South African star missing out on three runs after two of her shots which reached the rope weren’t deemed boundaries.

It’s hard to blame the umpires, given how far away both incidents occurred, but the onus should have been on the fielders to own up to what happened, especially Sophie Reid, who picked the ball up while she was over the rope.

The Hurricanes ran three, so only missed out on one run, but it cost du Preez the strike in the penultimate over and resulted in Maisy Gibson getting out next ball.

But the Hurricanes had the last laugh, with du Preez taking a sensational running catch to remove Sasha Moloney.

CAPS LOCK OFF

Just a day after she bludgeoned an unbeaten 80 off 52 deliveries, teen sensation Alice Capsey threatened to take down the Hurricanes for the second time in as many days.

The young gun picked up two wickets with the ball and then raced to 25 off 10 deliveries with a monster six down the ground to give the run chase the early impetus it needed.

But things slowed down after that and it led to Capsey playing a rash shot which was easily caught on the boundary.

Her departure for 38 in the final over before the drinks break proved to be the beginning of the end for the Stars, who went more than seven overs without a boundary until skipper Nicole Faltum finally ended the drought.

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