Skipper Meg Lanning proved her worth yet again during the home side’s run chase, unleashing to find the rope six times in her 40-run knock.
Lanning was supported by fellow opener Amy Jones (17 runs off 13 deliveries) and English all-rounder Nat Sciver (26 off 31) but couldn’t settle in to a strong partnership.
Local all-rounder Heather Graham (22 off 19) pushed for a final fight late in the game but wasn’t able to find the boundary often enough, the Scorchers failing to reach the target of 155.
Stars’ opener Lizelle Lee (103*) scored the first century of the season, and was unstoppable in the first innings and was awarded Player of the Match honours.
Heather Graham was the pick of the bowlers for the Scorchers, finishing with figures of 2-27, including the wicket of Stars Skipper and former teammate Elyse Villani.
Nicole Bolton put on an economical display with the ball, finishing with 0-13, which featured an opening maiden over that rattled the visitors.
Lanning said it was a disappointing loss.
“It’s disappointing not to back up yesterday’s win. I thought today Lee batted extremely well and that was the difference between us and them,” she said.
“We were trying a whole of different things, but unfortunately nothing really worked, and Lee proved too good for us at the end of the day. That’s T20 cricket, sometimes someone gets going and they are hard to stop.
“I was frustrated that I got out when I did, I thought I needed to be the one to bat a bit longer and get us into a position where we could launch in the back end.”
The Scorchers will look to bounce back when they take on the Strikers in Adelaide on Saturday 9 November.
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