LAUREN WINFIELD-HILL’S Melbourne Stars remain winless from their opening two Women’s Big Bash League matches despite a team-high 94 runs from the York-born batter.

The Stars began their WBBL campaign with a narrow nine runs defeat to Brisbane Heat, having been set 179-3 by their opponents.

Opener Winfield-Hill reached 74 from just 51 balls, the highest individual score of the match and a knock which included 11 fours at a strike-rate of 145.09.

The 32-year-old fell to New Zealand’s Jess Kerr, with Mikayla Hinkley taking the catch in the 15th over. Melbourne closed on 170-8 at the close.

The Stars fell to back-to-back defeats at Sydney Sixers, losing by 27 runs to the twice WBBL champions.

Having seen Sydney post 147-6, Winfield-Hill was unable to find another half-century, scoring 20 from 21, finding four fours, before being bowled by Sophie Ecclestone. The Stars slumped to 120-9 in their run chase.

Winfield-Hill’s side return to the field against Perth Scorchers on Thursday morning (10am UK time).

Elsewhere, former York CC batter Finlay Bean has won the Howard Clayton 2nd XI performance of the season at Yorkshire's awards evening.

Bean broke the record for the highest individual score in the 2nd XI Championship, scoring 441 against Nottinghamshire.

That smashed the previous best of 322, set by former England Test opener Marcus Trescothick for Somerset 25 years ago.