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WBBL round-up: Lanning lights up; Harmanpreet shines in run feast; Hurricanes hold on

Lanning's 82 powers Stars to victory in a rain-hit clash; Renegades post second-highest total in WBBL history to defeat Heat

Harmanpreet Kaur pulls through midwicket, Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat, WBBL, Adelaide, November 6, 2021

Harmanpreet Kaur is the leading run-scorer in the WBBL with 297 runs from eight matches  •  Getty Images

Melbourne Renegades 4 for 207 (Harmanpreet 65, Jones 62, Rodrigues 52) beat Brisbane Heat (Kimmince 42, Falconer 4-29) by 15 runs
Blistering half-centuries from Harmanpreet Kaur, Eve Jones and Jemimah Rodrigues have helped Melbourne Renegades produce a club record score to defeat Brisbane Heat in the WBBL at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide.
Jones and Rodrigues put on a century opening stand before Harmanpreet smashed 65 from just 32 balls, including six sixes, to help the Renegades post the second-highest score in WBBL history and the highest by the Renegades. Heat had a red-hot crack in the chase but fell 16 runs short with Ellie Falconer claiming 4 for 29. The match total of 399 runs was the highest aggregate in WBBL history.
Jones and Rodrigues fell one run short of a Renegades' partnership record with their 101-run stand in just 9.4 overs. The pair struck 19 boundaries between them with Rodrigues racing to 52 from 31 balls before she was trapped lbw by Jess Jonassen. Jones anchored the innings before falling in the 17th over for 62 from 46 balls.
The platform was set for Harmanpreet's hurricane finish to the innings. The India T20I captain launched six sixes and four fours to lift the Renegades total beyond 200. No Heat bowler was spared with Jonassen the only one to concede less than nine runs per over.
Falconer took the key wicket of Georgia Redmayne early in the chase. Georgia Voll made 40 from 28 balls and Laura Kimmince smashed 42 from 21 but was run out, failing to ground her bat when Josie Dooley produced a direct hit from a relay throw. Falconer and Harmanpreet closed the game out, taking key wickets at the death. Harmanpreet's allround display earned her Player-of-the-Match honours for the third time in seven matches.
Melbourne Stars 4 for 126 (Lanning 82, van Niekerk 2-15) beat Adelaide Strikers 8 for 89 (McKenna 2-3, Flintoff 2-12, Smith 2-19) by 37 runs (14 overs a side)
Meg Lanning made a dazzling 82 to help Melbourne Stars to a comfortable 37-run win over Adelaide Strikers in a rain-affected clash in the WBBL at Karen Rolton Oval.
Rain delayed the start with the game reduced to 14-overs-a-side. Lanning stamped her class on the match-thumping 82 from just 45 balls. She struck nine fours and three sixes to push the Stars to a very impressive total of 4 for 126. Lanning got good support from Elyse Villani in a 63-run opening partnership. Dane van Niekerk picked up 2 for 15 for the Strikers.
The Strikers were never in the hunt in the chase, losing wickets at regular intervals. Only four Strikers batters reached double figures. Tess Flintoff took the key scalps of Tahlia McGrath and van Niekerk while Linsey Smith removed Laura Wolvaardt to break the back of the Strikers' top order. Rhys McKenna took two wickets in an over as the Strikers middle order crumbled.
Hobart Hurricanes 8 for 137 (Priest 54) beat Perth Scorchers 8 for 135 by two runs
Nicola Carey held her nerve at the death as Hobart Hurricanes gave themselves a tournament lifeline by securing a two-run win over Perth Scorchers who started the final over needing seven.
Carey bowl the 17th and 20th overs for a combined cost of just eight runs and also claimed two wickets as Scorchers botched a chase that was well within their reach, despite the early losses of Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine, at 2 for 71 in the 11th over needing 67 from 54 balls. The key wicket was that Chamari Athapaththu who fell for 33 off 31 deliveries to Belinda Vakarewa who had started the innings with a maiden before being taken 14 in the space of four deliveries by Devine.
Just when a batter was threatening to see them home they fell. Heather Graham was lbw to Carey and Marizanne Kapp skied a return catch to Molly Strano.
Rachel Priest had dominated Hurricanes innings with a half-century that included three sixes but the rest of the batting struggled after a promising powerplay. From 1 for 90 in the 14th over they could only manage another 47 runs. The spin pair of Lilly Mills and Alana King again combined effectively to take 4 for 47 from their eight overs. Mills removed Richa Ghosh and Mignon du Preez in the space of four balls.