Heat lose second straight as Day and Sutherland give Stars rare win – LSB

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Melbourne Stars 156 for 5 (Boshier 41, Sutherland 37, Dunkley 37, Kerr 2-21, Hancock 2-36) Brisbane Heat 141 for 7 (Kerr 36, Redmayne 32, Day 3-16, Sutherland 2-33), a lead of 15 runs.

Former Australia captain Meg Lanning has taken an indefinite break from the WBBL, less than two weeks after retiring from international cricket.

Lanning missed the Melbourne Stars’ 15-run win over the Brisbane Heat at Junction Oval in Melbourne on Sunday due to personal reasons. With just two matches remaining and the Stars short of making the finals, Lanning’s immediate future in the sport is uncertain.

“She will be out for a few days due to personal reasons,” Stars coach Jonathan Batty told the Seven Network. “We are reassured that she is OK, which is the most important thing, but we give her time and space and respect her privacy in what she needs to do.

“We are taking it on a game-by-game basis at the moment and we will give her all the time she needs to make that decision but she will definitely miss the next two games.”

Lanning has taken several breaks from cricket over the past two years, and announced earlier this month that she was ending her career with Australia, saying she had lost the desire to perform at international level.

Young player Annabel Sutherland led the Stars in Lanning’s absence as the Heat lost their second straight game.

In the chase, opener Georgia Redmayne, filling in as captain for Jess Jonassen, who was rested with hamstring pain, started brightly but Sophie Day and Sutherland tightened the screws on the Heat.

Day’s performance put her back at the top of the wicket-taking charts in what was a breakout season for her.

While Kerr and Mignon du Preez were together, the Heat had the chance to challenge for the goal, but they fell in successive deliveries – Kerr was caught excellently by wicket-keeper Sophie Reid and Du Preez was then bowled by Day, who was named Player of the Match for her 3 for 16.

The defeat constitutes a blow to the Heat’s hopes of hosting the final as the team that leads the league in the regular season.

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