The Aussie media had predicted Captain Carnage as the Lanning-Led Melbourne Stars took on the Scorchers at the WACA in Perth; but in the end it was England captain Charlotte Edwards who served it up… whilst The Megastar™ just got served.
Having called the toss correctly and chosen to bat; Lanning herself faced the first over from Katherine Brunt. It began “dot, dot, dot” and it ended “dot, dot, dot”… and we wouldn’t be surprised if the two were punctuated by a “dash, dash, dash” from the strikers end, as Brunt nailed Lanning to her crease for an opening maiden.
Brunt finished with figures of 4 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 11. Lanning never really got going, making 27 from 31; whilst South African skipper Mignon du Preez, playing her first game for the Stars after flying-in from her tropical-island honeymoon, probably wished she was back there, struggling to 10 off 21.
With the Stars closing on 102-6, the Scorchers needed 103. What they didn’t need was their much-touted debutante – Deandra Dottin – making a four-ball duck, quickly followed back to the pavilion by Nicole Bolton (2) and Heather Graham (3).
But despite being slightly behind the curve at 58-4 after 13 overs, the Scorcher’s trump cards were their English imports – Charlotte Edwards, still at the crease having opened the batting, and joined then by Katherine Brunt.
Brunt played a very-much supporting role as Edwards accelerated towards the target, reaching it with 4 balls to spare, finishing on 61* off 56 balls and a Man of the Match award to show the Aussie media there’s more than one megastar in this game!