|League||Women's Big Bash League|
|Home ground||CitiPower Centre|
|Twenty20 debut||5 December 2015|
|Official website||Melbourne Stars|
The Melbourne Stars (WBBL) are an Australian women's Twenty20 cricket team based in St Kilda, Victoria.[a] They are one of two teams from Melbourne to compete in the Women's Big Bash League, the other being the Melbourne Renegades. To date, the Stars' best performance occurred in WBBL|06 when they ended the regular season as minor premiers before ultimately finishing as runners-up.
One of eight founding WBBL teams, the Melbourne Stars are aligned with the men's team of the same name. At the official WBBL launch on 10 July 2015, Meg Lanning was unveiled as the Stars' first-ever player signing. Lanning would also become the team's inaugural captain, while David Hemp was appointed as the inaugural coach.
The Stars played their first match on 5 December against the Brisbane Heat at the Junction Oval, winning by 20 runs.
The Stars and Hobart Hurricanes have combined to produce an inordinate amount of matches with close finishes, including:
Noteworthy matches between the Stars and their cross-town rivals, the Melbourne Renegades, include:
See also: § Season summaries
There have been four captains in the Stars' history, including matches featuring an acting captain.
|Season||W–L||Pos.||Finals||Coach||Captain||Most Runs||Most Wickets||Most Valuable Player||Sources|
|2015–16||7–7||5th||DNQ||David Hemp||Meg Lanning||Meg Lanning – 560*||Morna Nielsen – 18||Meg Lanning*|||
|2016–17||7–7||5th||DNQ||David Hemp||Meg Lanning[d]||Meg Lanning – 502*||Gemma Triscari – 13||Meg Lanning|||
|2017–18||5–9||7th||DNQ||David Hemp||Kristen Beams[e]||Lizelle Lee – 349||Erin Osborne – 15||Erin Osborne|||
|2018–19||5–8||7th||DNQ||David Hemp||Kristen Beams[f]||Lizelle Lee – 276||Alana King – 15||Alana King|||
|2019–20||2–12||8th||DNQ||David Hemp||Elyse Villani||Lizelle Lee – 475||Erin Osborne – 11||Lizelle Lee|||
|2020–21||8–3*||1st*||RU||Trent Woodhill||Meg Lanning||Meg Lanning – 493||Nat Sciver – 19||Nat Sciver|||
|2021–22||5–7||5th||DNQ||Jarrad Loughman||Meg Lanning||Elyse Villani – 439||Kim Garth – 15||Kim Garth|||
|DNQ||Did not qualify||SF||Semi-finalists||*||Led the league|
|EF||Lost the Eliminator||RU||Runners-up||^||League record|
|CF||Lost the Challenger||C||Champions|
|Venue||Games hosted by season|
|Melbourne Cricket Ground||2||2||4||2||–||10|
Main article: 2021–22 Melbourne Stars WBBL season § Squad
The following is a list of cricketers who have played for the Melbourne Stars after making their debut in the national women's team (the period they spent as both a Melbourne Stars squad member and an Australian-capped player is in brackets):
Statistics and awards updated through to the end of WBBL|07
|Year||Kit Manufacturer||Chest Sponsor||Back Sponsor||Breast Sponsor||Sleeve Sponsor|
|2015–16||Majestic Athletic||Rebel Sport||Antler||VicHealth||Rebel|