Match Details

MLSW vs SYSW 1st Match, WBBL 2023

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Melbourne Stars Women won by 2 runs 🏆
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18th Over:
= 8
Last Over:
= 7
This Over:
= 5

Player of the Match

Annabel Sutherland
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Annabel Sutherland Jersy
0 (0)3 (6)0 0 0 0 0.00 50.00
P'ship : 1(1)
Last Wkt :   Kate Peterson 3(4)
BowlerA Capsey
0-173.0 5.67
SYSWSYSW - 2nd Innings
6 Over 4837
10 Over 6662
15 Over 102112
MLSWMLSW - 1st Innings
6 Over 4450
10 Over 9181
15 Over 123125
20 Over 176165


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Inn 2
So, that's it from the coverage of the opening game of WBBL 2023. We will be back tomorrow with two more games from this competition as the tournament is bound to slowly heat up. Stay tuned to our network for all the cricketing actions from around the globe across formats. For now, this is Ayan Chatterjee signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Deepak Prakash alongside scorer/analyst Raju Khariya. Stay safe, happy, and cool. Goodnight and CHEERS!  
Player of the Match: Annabel Sutherland
Meg Lanning ( Melbourne Stars Women Captain): "Pretty stressful way to get the campaign underway, but I thought we fought really well. We obviously were reasonably happy with the score, but we probably thought we were still going to be under the pump, and then Ash and Brown batted extremely well to get them back in the game, but I guess it's when the sort of mindset flips to thinking they're supposed to win. I guess you get yourself into a good position, but maybe that brings us back into the game and we're able to take our opportunity. 

I think it's going to be probably strange if there weren't. It's a long day waiting for a 7:40 night game that hasn't changed too much, but once I got out there, I just wanted to enjoy it and have fun. 

I just want to shout out to Annabel Sutherland as well. I thought she was incredible, turned the game for us and yeah, she's a really important player for us, and looking forward to seeing her develop over the year. "
5:16 PM IST, 10:46 PM Local Time: What a terrific game we have had here at North Sydney Oval and in the end, it was the Melbourne Stars under Meg Lanning who held their nerves to win the game by a mere 2 runs and kickstart their campaign with a win. For the Sixers, it was a case of so near yet so far for them.  

Chasing a tricky 166 for the win, the Sixers got off to a very bad start as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Alyssa Healy barely got to double figures. But amidst the chaos, the skipper for the night Ashleigh Gardner who stood tall and till she was there, the Sixers were in control of proceedings. Gardner scored 72 off 44 balls but lost partners at the other end until she was joined by Maitlan Brown who scored a good 35 off 22 balls. The rest of the batting fell away as they ended with 163/9 in 20 overs. 14 extras were given by the fielding side. 

Annabel Sutherland was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/27 in 4 overs including the wickets of Gardner and Brown in the 19th over. A wicket apiece for Kim Garth, Sophie Day, Illingworth, and McKenna. They did just enough and were well led by Meg Lanning. 

Earlier in the game. Melbourne Stars Women were put into bat first by Sydney Sixers Women. Sophia Dunkley went for 10 runs. But skipper Meg Lanning returned with a bang as she scored a wonderful 55 off 34 balls. Alice Capsey scored 13 while Annabel Sutherland scored 34 off 22 balls. Bouchier scored 25 off 16 balls. Sasha Moloney got to double figures as she scored 10 off 5 balls. 3 extras given by the fielding side as Melbourne Stars Women ended with 165/8 in 20 overs. 

For the Sixers, Ashleigh Gardner picked up a couple of wickets for 23 runs in 4 overs. A couple of wickets for Lauren Cheatle. A wicket apiece for Lauren Smith, Maitlan Brown, and Chloe Tryon.

So, the Melbourne Stars Women win this game by 2 runs to kickstart their campaign with a win over the Sydney Sixers Women.   
Sydney Sixers Women
Lauren Cheatle
Linsey Smith
Alice Capsey
19.6 A Capsey to L Smith
1b That's it, Melbourne Stars Women held their nerve and win the match by just two runs. Full and way outside off. Smith missed it and ran a bye run but it was not enough as they lost the match by just 2 runs. Sutherland turned the tide of the game completely by removing both the set-batters in the penultimate over. 
New batter on crease
  • RUNS35
  • SR109.00
  • AVG17.00
A run out check sent upstairs at the bowler's end. Looks like Peterson is short of her ground at the bowler's end. Yes, it will be OUT. One run completed. 
19.5 A Capsey to L Smith
1W Oh dear, they hustle for a couple of runs but it looked like Peterson failed to make it into the crease. Tossed up on the stumps. Smith drilled it straight down the ground and scampered for the second run but a good throw at the bowler's end and Peterson is well short of the crease. 4 needed off one ball now. 
5 needed off 2 balls. This is getting tough for the Sixers. 
19.4 A Capsey to K Peterson
1 Just a single. Tossed up on the middle and leg. Peterson drills it down to long-on but will only get a single. 
19.3 A Capsey to L Smith
1 Full and way outside off from the batter. Smith reaches the pitch of the ball and drives it to short cover for one. 6 needed off 3 balls now. 
19.2 A Capsey to K Peterson
1 DROPPED! Tossed up around off. Peterson walks down and drives it uppishly to the left of the bowler, who gets her both hands on it but fails to hold onto it. A single is taken. 7 needed off 4 balls now
19.1 A Capsey to K Peterson
0 GOLD DUST! Full and around off. Peterson charges down and punches it back to the bowler. A crucial dot ball from Capsey. 
8 runs needed off the last over with 2 wickets in hand. Who bowls the final over. Looks like it will be Capsey.