Priest ton helps Hurricanes smash Stars

Kiwi star Rachel Priest blasted 107no to lead Hobart to a 63-run WBBL win over the Melbourne Stars.
Kiwi star Rachel Priest blasted 107no to lead Hobart to a 63-run WBBL win over the Melbourne Stars.

Rachel Priest bludgeoned the first century in Hobart's WBBL history to help the Hurricanes to an upset 63-run win over the Melbourne Stars.

In a dominant display, Priest's unbeaten 107 from just 68 balls accounted for more than 70 per cent of the Hurricanes' 4-152 at Blundstone Arena.

Teenage finger spinner Ruth Johnston then did the job with the ball, claiming the prized scalp of Meg Lanning to claim 4-8 from 3.2 overs.

Priest had earlier made a point to go after the spinners in her own maiden WBBL century and fourth highest score in the competition's history.

All seven of her sixes came over midwicket or long on, while she also cut nicely when given room outside off stump.

The New Zealander took two sixes off one Sophie Day over before repeating the dose against Irish international Kim Garth.

She then brought up her century off just 65 balls by hitting a Linsey Smith full toss back down the ground.

"It was a crazy innings, I wasn't expecting to get that many runs but I will take it," Priest said on Fox Cricket's coverage.

Priest's knock was a loan stand as Annabel Sutherland (2-22) dismantled the top order with only Nicola Carey (14) and Naomi Stalenberg (17no) reaching double figures.

The target always looked enough though after Molly Strano got rid of Elyse Villani for a duck and Sutherland for figures of 2-21 from four overs.

Amy Smith also produced a brilliant wrong'un to bowl Anna Lanning, with the 16-year-old providing the best ball of the match.

And when 18-year-old spinner Johnston removed Australian skipper Meg the following ball for 25, the game was as good as over, with the Stars eventually crumbling for 89 in the last over.

The loss leaves the Stars winless after two games after topping the ladder last year and losing the grand final to the Sydney Thunder.

Later, Brisbane avenged Sunday's super-over loss to Perth with a comfortable 59-run win over the Scorchers.

After Georgia Redmayne's unbeaten 59 helped the Heat to 5-162, the Scorchers were never in the chase as no batter passed 20.

Former Heat opener Beth Mooney went for a golden duck in the first over to Nicola Hancock, who also claimed the other key wicket of Sophie Devine for 18.

Hancock finished with figures of 3-19 as she swung the ball nicely, while Indian spinner Poonam Yadav claimed 2-15 from her four overs in the Heat's first win of the season.

Australian Associated Press