AAP Australian Sports – Meg Lanning fell cheaply in her Big Bash return but it mattered little as national teammate Ellyse Villani powered Perth Scorchers to a six-wicket defeat of Hobart Hurricanes.

Summary

  • Meg Lanning fell cheaply in her Big Bash return but it mattered little as national teammate Ellyse Villani powered Perth Scorchers to a six-wicket defeat of Hobart Hurricanes.
  • But leading an imposing top order also featuring fellow T20 World Cup winners Villani and Nicole Bolton, Lanning faced just 12 balls before Brooke Hepburn had her caught behind on eight.
  • Bolton (four) and Heather Graham (seven) also fell cheaply but Villani steadied the ship before her superb knock came to an end on 58, attempting to ramp a Sasha Moloney delivery and caught by Alex Hartley at short fine leg.
  • “I think we’ve got an extremely deep batting order,” Villani said.
  • Indian opener Smriti Mandhana and England captain Heather Knight were both unavailable after playing in the T20 World Cup, while West Indies allrounder Hayley Matthews suffered a fractured toe while training on Friday.

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