Lanning's Stars go four in a row in WBBL

Justin Chadwick
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A swashbuckling knock from Meg Lanning has helped lift the Melbourne Stars to the top of the WBBL ladder, while the Perth Scorchers stayed within striking distance of the top four courtesy of a classy Sophie Devine century.

Lanning cracked 54 off 25 balls in her team's 23-run win over the Brisbane Heat in Sydney on Sunday.

In reply to the Stars' 9-177, the Heat were restricted to 8-154, despite the best efforts of opener Grace Harris (81no off 52 balls).

The Stars are now on a club-record four-match winning run, with their hot form putting them on track to reach the finals for the first time in their history.

"It does feel like a nice change," Stars captain Elyse Villani said of the winning run.

"I know the first couple of games a lot of us actually didn't know the song very well. So it's been nice to be singing that at the end of a few games, and the girls seem to be going along really well."

Lanning smacked six fours and three sixes in her quick-fire knock.

Elsewhere, the Scorchers remain just one point adrift of fourth-placed Adelaide after posting a 36-run win over the previously unbeaten Sydney Sixers.

Scorchers opener Devine posted 103 off 68 balls to lift her side to an imposing 4-183.

Devine cracked five fours and seven sixes, combining with Beth Mooney (60 off 44) for a 151-run opening stand.

The Sixers could only manage 5-147 in their run chase, with Marizanne Kapp (68no off 53) their top scorer.

Earlier in the day, teenage allrounder Hannah Darlington held her nerve at the death to lift the Sydney Thunder to a pulsating one-run victory over the Hobart Hurricanes.

In reply to the Thunder's 7-129, Hobart were cruising at 3-112, needing just 18 off the final 19 balls to secure victory.

Darlington (2-29), Sam Bates (1-20), Shabnim Ismail (2-13) and Heather Knight (2-12) helped turn the match as the Hurricanes lost 4-7 in a disastrous period.

Rachel Priest (83no off 64 balls) held the key to victory for Hobart, who were still in the box seat needing three runs off the final two balls.

Darlington, 19, bowled a dot ball and then conceded only a single off the last, leaving Hobart at 7-128.

The Adelaide Strikers ensured they would stay in fourth spot for the time being with a six-run win over the last-placed Melbourne Renegades.

Stafanie Taylor's 60 off 48 balls lifted Adelaide to 9-127.

The Renegades were restricted to 8-121 in reply, despite a steady knock from Georgia Wareham (42 off 32) and the late heroics of Carly Leeson (31no off 17).