Australia all-rounder Nicola Carey starred with both bat and ball as Hobart Hurricanes sealed another victory over Melbourne Stars, their second in two days, to go to the top of the WBBL 2019 points table.
Carey, who made 11 runs from 17 balls and returned 1/24 in the Hurricanes' first WBBL game against Stars, bounced back in the second game with an excellent all-round performance against the same opposition on Sunday, 21 October.
She returned 2/27 with her right-arm medium pace, picking up the prized scalps of Stars opener Lizelle Lee and their No.3 batter Emma Inglis. Stars managed only 136/7 from their 20 overs, which the Hurricanes chased down with nine balls to spare. Carey was once again at the centre of the action, following up her spell with 60* from 46 balls, with seven fours.
The only team with 2 wins next to their name! https://t.co/I1JdDfjiZG— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) October 20, 2019
That was after Hurricanes had gotten off to a shaky start. They lost their openers, Erin Fazackerley and Stefanie Daffara, early and were reduced to 18/2 at the start of the third over. Carey then walked in to join Heather Knight in the middle.
Together, the two shared a 32-run stand before Hurricanes lost Knight for 18. From 50/3, they slipped to 73/5, but Carey kept the scoreboard ticking.
She wound up making her maiden half-century for Hurricanes, sharing an important 64-run partnership with Chloe Tryon, who remained unbeaten on 29. Tryon's 18-ball cameo was studded with three fours and a six.
Hurricanes will next face Adelaide Strikers at the Allan Border Field on Saturday, 26 October.
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