Hobart Hurricanes 122 for 2 (Lee 77*, Carey 38*) beat Melbourne Stars 121 (Lanning 27, Strano 3-20, Carey 3-32) by eight wickets
The former South Africa star scored an unbeaten 77 off 49 deliveries after completing three hits in the field. After dismissing a disappointing Stars line-up for 121, the Hurricanes cruised to victory with 23 balls remaining at Allan Border Field.
Lee, 31, was in top form. She was dominant on the offside and was just as destructive on the leg side. The ball rocketed from the middle of Lee’s bat during a knock that included four sixes.
Melbourne’s batsmen barely managed to get out of first gear. Just when they looked like they were going for it, they were ruled out with Maia Bouchier and Annabel Sutherland as prime examples after reaching 20 and failing to kick.
The Hurricanes had been sloppy on the field against the Brisbane Heat two days earlier at the same venue, but they bowled strongly and caught their passes. Lee was excellent behind the stumps and set the standard on the field.
Five bowlers were among the wickets, including Carey, who had a good match and recovered after suffering harsh treatment early on from Lanning.
The Hurricanes moved up to nine points on the WBBL ladder, four points behind fourth-placed Sydney Thunder.