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Aussie captain Meg Lanning stars in WBBL

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/12/2016 Adrian Warren

Australian women's cricket captain Meg Lanning has hit the highest score of this season's WBBL, powering the Melbourne Stars to a seven-wicket win on Saturday over the Sydney Sixers.

Stars skipper Lanning smashed an unbeaten 66 off 48 balls to steer her side side to victory in Melbourne with almost three overs to spare.

Also on Saturday, the Perth Scorchers, Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes joined the Stars on two wins for the season, defeating the Brisbane Heat, Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades respectively.

Several New Zealanders were also among the runs, but it was Lanning who scored highest.

Chasing 123, the Stars lost two early wickets to the Sixers' South African opening bowler Marizanne Capp, but Lanning put on 63 with Hayley Jensen and and an unbroken 47 with Katie Mack.

Opening bowlers Emma Kearney and Danielle Hazell did most damage to the Sixers, each taking three wickets.

The Sixers were 3-5 inside three overs during which pace bowler Kearney dismissed in-form Sixers skipper Ellyse Perry and South African star Dane van Niekerk for ducks and England spinner Hazell removed Alyssa Healy.

Kearney later returned to claim the wicket of Ashleigh Gardner, who had added 80 in 11 overs with New Zealander Sara McGlashan, who top-scored with 40.

Another Kiwi in the runs was Adelaide's Sophie Devine, who scored 43 in the Strikers' six-wicket win over defending champions the Thunder.

Devine passed 40 for the third time in as many innings in this season's WBBL, as the Strikers reached their target at Sydney's Howell Oval with 13 balls left after a good collective bowling effort limited the Thunder to 5-102.

Kiwi Amy Satterthwaite produced a fine all-round double in the Hurricanes' three-run win over the Strikers in Bendigo.

She scored an unbeaten 45 out of 4-133 and took 2-22, denying the Renegades the 11 runs they needed in the final over, despite a fine unbeaten 51 from Kris Britt.

The Scorchers cruised to an eight-wicket win over the Heat at the WACA.

Southern Stars batter Nicole Bolton scored 46 not out for the Scorchers.

Her unbroken third-wicket stand of 68 with Heather Graham took Perth to their target of 102 with almost three overs to go.

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