Villani out to end Stars WBBL with a bang

Melissa Woods
Captain Elyse Villani is determined to help the Melbourne Stars finish the WBBL season on a high

Melbourne Stars captain Elyse Villani says finishing the WBBL season on a high is more important than her personal ambitions.

Villani is looking to end a disappointing WBBL season - both personally and for the last-placed Stars - with wins in their final two regular round matches.

They face Melbourne Renegades in a WBBL derby clash at CitiPower Centre on Saturday morning, and then the ladder-leading Brisbane Heat at the same ground on Sunday afternoon.

The veteran batter is looking to win back the favour of national selectors ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup after she was dropped following the Ashes.

In her most recent outing on Wednesday she made made a dent with a 43 in the Stars' loss to the Thunder while she was last week included in a 13-player Australia A squad to play India next month.

"It's still an ambition of mine to represent my country but I'm not thinking about making runs so that I put my hand up for selection," Villani said on Friday.

"I'm looking at finishing the season really strongly for the Stars as I've under-clubbed with the bat this season more so than I would have liked."

Villani felt her form had been building through the season but not quickly enough to keep the Stars off the bottom of the ladder.

"Obviously we'd like to be at the other end of the table but in saying that we've lost some really close games," the 30-year-old said.

"We've played some outstanding games, against the Scorchers and Renegades, and we're looking to build on that momentum."

That win in Ballarat has put the Renegades on notice according to all-rounder Molly Strano.

"The Stars had a good win over us last time we played so there's a bit of revenge to be had," Strano said.

Currently fifth, the matches are key for the Renegades for them to play finals.

"It's two must-win games for us if we want to sneak into the four," Strano said.

"It's great opportunity to play some cricket under some pressure and if we come out on top it will be a good lead-up for finals."