Natalie Sliver came to the party in the first semifinals of the WBBL 2020 with a brisk 47 of 45 balls to take the Melbourne Stars Women to their first ever final.
After Choosing to bowl first, The Melbourne Stars might have seen the match slipping out of their hands after going through a wicket less Powerplay, That all changed after the wrist spinner Alana King came to bowl, The young leggie removed Sophie Devine on the very first ball and followed it by getting rid of star opener Beth Mooney.
It seemed from the off that Melbourne Stars were up for it with multiple shy’s at the stumps and a shrewd runout of Chloe Piparo by Erin Osbourne, Nicole Bolton and Heather Graham did stabilize the innings a bit by striking a few blows and a late cameo from Sarah Glenn perpetuated the innings to a respectable 125.
In reply the Melbourne Stars got off to a great start with Elysse Villani finding the ropes on three separate occasions early into the innings before falling prey to Sarah Glenn, This was shortly followed by Mignon Du Preez getting cleaned up by Sophie Devine, Now the onus was on the untested middle order of the Melbourne Stars Women,Which on the day came really good by chasing down the score with 20 balls to spare.
After Meg Lanning had her timber disturbed, Annabel Sunderland and Nat Sciver teamed up for a partnership of 67 runs of 58 balls to close down the game. The Melbourne Stars Women would now turn their attention towards the second semi-final between Brisbane Heat Women and Sydney Thunder Women.
Man Of The Match : Alana King