Lanning the star of show

BLITZ: Meg Lanning belted 97 not out to lead the Melbourne Stars to an easy win over the Brisbane Heat.
BLITZ: Meg Lanning belted 97 not out to lead the Melbourne Stars to an easy win over the Brisbane Heat. BRENDAN ESPOSITO

CRICKET: A Meg Lanning onslaught has helped the Melbourne Stars consolidate their position at the top of the Women's Big Bash League.

Lanning dominated the Stars' innings against the Brisbane Heat at Allan Border Field.

The world's best player and Australia captain smashed 97 not out off 72 balls as the Stars racked up 2-149.

Lanning hit 11 fours and three huge sixes as she scored the bulk of the Stars' total, with the next highest score being just 16.

In reply the Heat struggled against English off-spinner Danielle Hazell and New Zealand left-arm spinner Morna Nielsen, who both tied down the home side and took wickets at regular intervals.

Hazell claimed 2-17 from four overs and Nielson 3-19 from her four.

Brisbane was held to 7-94, with opener Kirby Short's 27 and all-rounder Deandra Dottin's 24 the only scores of note.

The two teams meet again today at the same venue with the Heat looking for revenge against the star-studded Stars.

In other results on Boxing Day, the Adelaide Strikers (3-146) defeated the Hobart Hurricanes (3-143) by seven wickets.

Sydney Thunder had an easy win at Rooty Hill, scoring 2-114 in reply to the Melbourne Renegades' 4-110.

The Stars sit on top of the ladder on eight points, one point ahead of the Strikers with the Brisbane Heat back in sixth place on four points.

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