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Windies teenager stars in WBBL opener

AAP logoAAP 10/12/2016 Adrian Warren

Overseas players have starred in the opening match of the WBBL season, with West Indian teenager Hayley Matthews leading the way.

The 18-year old allrounder smashed 48 off 38 balls as the Hobart Hurricanes successfully achieved a target of 120 against the Perth Scorchers with one over and five wickets to spare.

A small but enthusiastic crowd attended the game at North Sydney Oval No.2

Spinner Matthews earlier made an impact with the ball, opening the bowling and claiming the key wicket of Australian batter Elyse Villani in the third over.

The Scorchers' international top three of Villani, captain and New Zealand stalwart Suzie Bates and in-form Australian top order player Nicole Bolton failed to fire, with the WA team slumping to 4-52 in the 13th over.

England pace bowler Catherine Brunt added substance to the Scorchers innings with 41 off 24 balls as they recovered to post 6-119.

Brunt added 64 in seven overs with Lauren Ebsary, who scored an unbeaten 26 off 24.

Matthews cracked eight fours and put on 72 off 10.1 overs with Georgia Redmayne.

"It was all about picking the right balls for me," said Mathews, who also played in the English women's T20 competition this year.

The Hurricanes suffered a case of the mid-innings staggers losing 4-25.

"The way we fought back, I thought we bowled a lot better, but we didn't take some crucial chances," Bates said.

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