Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars score, Rachel Priest century

Hurricanes captain Rachel Priest blasted her way to the first century of the WBBL season in a history-making knock in Hobart which also finally got her team on the winner’s list.

Priest was unstoppable in a stunning 65-ball innings of 107 which included a staggering 82 runs in boundaries, swatting 10 fours and seven sixes, including a six to reach her maiden WBBL hundred in a demolition of the Melbourne Stars.

The New Zealander’s solo heroics – she scored 70 per cent of her team’s score of 4-152 – was more than anything the Stars could match as the green team remained winless for the tournament.

Priest’s score was the Hurricanes’ highest WBBL score of all time, and the fourth highest score in the competition’s seven-year history.

“After the start I had, I wasn’t that happy,” Priest, who returned scored of 21 and two in the opening two games, said after the match.

“It was a crazy innings, I wasn’t expecting to get that many runs. I’ll certainly take it and it just came off for me today.”

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The effort of Priest with the bat was matched with the ball by Hurricanes spinner Ruth Johnston who returned the stunning figures of 4-8 as the Stars were rolled for just 89.

The victory was a crucial one for the Hurricanes after two losses to open the tournament and Priest laid an incredible platform, despite some stunning early catching from the Stars.

But the run chase never really got going, as wickets fell steadily and when the Lanning sisters were dismissed in consecutive balls, by different bowlers, first Anna then captain Meg, the chase was doomed.

Behinds Johnston’s brilliant four-wicket haul – bowling three players and picking up an lbw with a great spell of stump-targeting bowling – Nicola Carey and Molly Strano both starred with two wickets apiece. Strano bagged opening duo Elyse Villani (0) and Annabel Sutherland (2) to stifle the chase before it really started.

There’s little time for Lanning’s team to dwell on the loss however, with a re-match against the rampaging Sydney Sixers scheduled for Wednesday.

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