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Hurricanes claim WBBL win after run-fest

By AAP Newswire

Hobart Hurricanes turned on the style with the bat to open their WBBL account with a thumping 72-run win over Melbourne Stars in Burnie on Sunday.

The Hurricanes racked up 6-196 - their highest WBBL score - before they limited the Stars to 124 off 16.5 overs, as the hosts bounced back in style from Saturday's five-wicket defeat against the same opponents.

Smriti Mandhana made the most of the short boundaries at West Park on the banks of Bass Strait, with the opener top-scoring with a sparkling 69 off 41 balls, including 13 fours.

The only bad news was a possible recurrence to a hamstring injury to star import Hayley Matthews, with the Barbadian run out after she slippedwhile attempting to regain her ground at the non-striker's end.

Matthews hit 42 off 30 balls while captain Sasha Moloney contributed a big-hitting 23 not out off just nine balls, including a six off the final ball of the innings.

The Stars' run chase was effectively over just past the midway point of the innings when the visitors slipped to 6-90.

By that time the recognised batters had all departed, including match winners from Saturda Erin Osborne (16) and Mignon du Preez (3).

The Hurricanes' star English import Heather Knight (3-10) wrapped up the tail, including a wonderful one-handed caught and bowled.