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Lanning masterclass can't prevent defeat

23 November 2019

A career-best performance from Anna Lanning wasn’t enough for the Melbourne Renegades to prevent crosstown rivals the Melbourne Stars from recording a seven-wicket win in Ballarat on Saturday.

Lanning leaves her mark
This time last week, Anna Lanning was without a WBBL club.

For more than two years, she’s been stranded on 30 WBBL games, with a high score of 35 from 25 innings.

In less than a week, she’s gone from spectator to centre stage after hammering a career-high 73 from 49 balls against the Stars.

Lanning was added to the Renegades’ list as a replacement for the injured Claire Koski on Tuesday afternoon. She was named as the 12th against the Heat on Wednesday and shot into Saturday’s XI in place of Sophie Molineux.

Opening the batting alongside Danni Wyatt, Lanning set the pace early, racing to 18 from her first 13 balls. She brought up her 50 in the 12th over and was well within range of a maiden century when she was eventually dismissed for 73.

It’s been a whirlwind week for the all-rounder, and her achievement was made even more meritorious given it came against her old club.

What the immediate future holds remains to be seen, but the 25-year-old has well and truly left a lasting impression on WBBL|05.

International duo take hold
South Africans Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez have both enjoyed strong seasons for the Stars and they reminded the Renegades exactly why.

Opening the batting, Lee took charge early, racing to 62 from 46 deliveries with four fours and three sixes.

Once she was joined by du Preez at 1-19, the pair added 90 in 66 balls, hammering pace and spin to all parts of Eastern Oval.

du Preez was denied her half-century by Lea Tahuhu, and Lee’s day was ended by Georgia Wareham, but it ultimately wasn’t enough as Annabel Sutherland (16 runs off 16 balls) and Erin Osborne (34 runs from 15 balls) made light work of the chase, sealing victory with four balls to spare.

Tahuhu was brilliant in taking 2-26 from her four overs, but the Renegades found wickets hard to come by otherwise as the Stars claimed bragging rights for the next seven days.

Going big in Ballarat
We couldn’t close without paying homage to the people of Ballarat, who turned out on their droves on Saturday afternoon.

The day began with a Greater Western Challenge match between some of the best junior female talent in the region, and included the announcement of a new Ballarat Cricker Hub by local politicians, councillors and Cricket Victoria officials.

Fans of all ages packed out Eastern Oval, with every seat in the old grandstand taken by the time the first ball was bowled.

On a warm and sunny November afternoon, it was the perfect place to stage the first Melbourne Derby of the new summer.

Got a curious fact for us?
Anna Lanning’s performance has to take the cake.

Her first match for her club, her first WBBL outing in two years and her highest ever score in the competition.

That was special.

What comes next?
As the regular season reaches the home straight, the Renegades will look to keep their finals hopes alive with a win against the Brisbane Heat at Allan Border Field on Wednesday at 2.10pm (AEDT).