Sutherland blasts Stars to WBBL victory

Annabel Sutherland has hit three sixes in the final over to deliver a stunning last-ball WBBL victory for the Melbourne Stars over the Melbourne Renegades.

Needing 23 to win from the final over to eclipse the Renegades' 8-148 at Junction Oval, the 21-year-old allrounder held her nerve and swung freely to bring to life a chase that looked futile.

Sutherland (62 off 29) cleared the boundary twice off Sophie Molineux's offspin, the bowler's knee buckling as she delivered the second of those deliveries.

Molineux was worryingly assisted from the ground and Georgia Prestwidge was thrown the ball for the first time with nine to get off three balls.

A wide was followed by another strong-armed six by Sutherland, who then took a quick single and watched captain Nicole Faltum clear the off-side field for the winning runs.

Sutherland also took three wickets in the win that kept the Stars' finals hopes alive.

"The wind was coming strong from one end. Just glad I could hit those last couple clean," she said.

"It's pretty simple for us, we've just got to keep winning."

Earlier Sarah Coyte (15) hit two sixes in a six-ball knock that pushed the Renegades to a respectable total, wicketkeeper Josie Dooley's 54 anchoring their innings.

Stars spinner Sasha Moloney took 4-15 from her four overs before Coyte (3-22) put the clamps on the Stars' batters.

Sutherland wasn't deterred though, her innings featuring five sixes and coming with no other teammate able to strike above 106.

In the first match on Sunday, Alyssa Healy manufactured her own last-ball victory for the Sydney Sixers against the Perth Scorchers.

Healy (107 off 64) notched her fifth WBBL century, pairing with Ellyse Perry for a 154-run stand that got them close to the Scorchers' 4-176.

Needing 14 off the last over, Ash Gardner hit the first two balls for six before Healy sealed the result with a four off the final delivery.

Victory keeps the Sixers on top of the ladder. The Scorchers, who beat them last week, could have jumped above them from fourth with victory.

Adelaide's bid to break back into the top four was thwarted when rain and storms resulted in their match against the lowly Sydney Thunder becoming a washout.

The Strikers were 3-92 after 14.3 overs when the game had to be abandoned.

It left the Strikers in fifth spot, just net run rate adrift of the Scorchers but with a game in hand.

Four competition points - equal to two wins - separates fifth from first with a few rounds remaining.