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Stars claim WBBL win without Lanning

AAP logoAAP 10/01/2017 Michael Ramsey

The Melbourne Stars have made light of an injury to star captain Meg Lanning to snap their four-game losing streak in the women's Big Bash, beating the Adelaide Strikers by six wickets.

Lanning was a last-minute withdrawal from Tuesday's match at the MCG after experiencing hamstring tightness, with the Stars saying she will be rested and monitored over coming days.

Acting captain Kristen Beams stepped up in Lanning's absence, taking three wickets to restrict the Strikers to 9-94 in 20 overs before the Stars reached their target with 19 balls to spare.

Beams almost had a hat-trick, dismissing former England captain Charlotte Edwards (12) and Tahlia McGrath in consecutive deliveries during her impressive 3-12.

Compatriot Natalie Sciver chipped in with 2-21, while Bridget Patterson (22no) was a lone contributor for the Strikers.

Katie Mack did the damage with the bat for the Stars, hitting five boundaries during her unbeaten 31, while opener Emma Inglis chipped in 25.

With further wins needed to cement a spot in the finals, the third-placed Stars are confident Lanning will be fit to play the Perth Scorchers on Friday.

"A little rest and she'll be back in business, which we're all looking forward to," Beams said.

"It's obviously a little bit unique to have the opportunity (to captain). I enjoyed it but when you've got the world's best player sitting on the bench, you're looking forward to having her back.

"We're sort of treating this a little bit like a mini-series. We've got (four) matches left. A win today just puts us on the right track to where we want to get to, and that's playing finals."

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