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Lanning fires again as Stars go top of WBBL ladder

The Melbourne Stars are on track to finally break through and make the finals for the first time after a 23-ball half-century from captain Meg Lanning catapulted them to a crushing victory over Brisbane Heat at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.

After a string of washouts to start their campaign, the Stars have caught fire, winning four matches in a row to move to the top of the ladder under new coach Trent Woodhill.

Starring role: Meg Lanning was named 'player of the match' after a quickfire half century for the Melbourne Stars.

Starring role: Meg Lanning was named ‘player of the match’ after a quickfire half century for the Melbourne Stars.Credit:Getty Images

The return of Australian skipper Lanning after three seasons with Perth has been decisive. The champion batter continues to plunder opposition attacks, surviving a close shave for a diamond duck before taking to the Heat attack.

Lanning hit six fours and three sixes in her knock of 54 from 25 balls. With a host of other handy contributions, the Stars soared to 9-177 from their 20 overs.

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