Melbourne Stars maintained their unbeaten start to BBL09 while cross-city rivals Renegades find themselves winless.
Saturday night’s clash of the Marsh brothers at Optus Stadium saw the Scorchers narrowly beat the champions before Sunday’s matches were dominated by individual performances.
For the Stars, it was Marcus Stoinis and Haris Rauf combining to hand the Hurricanes a significant defeat. In the evening match, Chris Lynn was in sublime form to help Brisbane post the first post-200 score of this year’s BBL.
Perth Scorchers beat Melbourne Renegades by 11 runs
Having been put in to bat by Aaron Finch, the Scorchers’ batters flourished on a good batting track in Perth.
Englishmen Ric Gleeson (1-49) and Harry Gurney (1-55) were particularly expensive as Scorchers’ captain Mitch Marsh teed off at the end of the innings. Cameron Bancroft’s fine 51, supported by Liam Livingstone and Ashton Turner, set up a platform for Marsh to accelerate.
Kane Richardson was the pick of the ‘Gades bowlers with 4-22, but the Scorchers reached 7/196.
The Renegades got off to their predictably explosive start but losing both openers in seven balls arrested the momentum.
Finch was flying at a strike rate of 186.66 until Chris Jordan had him caught by Turner for 28. With Sam Harper and Tom Cooper back in the sheds at 3/64, Shaun Marsh and Beau Webster set about recovering the position.
Both batted beautifully, particularly Marsh who had hit four sixes before Fawad Ahmed struck.
The Scorchers spinner proved difficult to score off, and Marsh’s frustration led to the mistake. The partnership had been worth 92, but the champions still needed another 41 from 35 balls.
Four balls later, Dan Christian slogged at a ball and sent it flying towards long-on. Jordan came around the boundary at pace, dived full length and took the catch.
The moment seemed to take the momentum away from the Renegades, and the total proved too much to chase.
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Melbourne Stars beat Hobart Hurricanes by 52 runs
Batting first, the Melbourne Stars dominated their innings apart from a two-over spell. Nic Maddinson and Marcus Stoinis opened and contributed an 81-run partnership.
Had it not been for a spectacular catch from Simon Milenko at backward point, the duo may have batted through the innings. Ben Dunk joined Stoinis and played a bright and breezy innings before misjudging a Qais Ahmed delivery.
The 15th over saw Riley Meredith remove both Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb cheaply. Qais Ahmed’s excellent low catch did for Maxwell while Handscomb’s shot choice against Meredith’s pace was his undoing.
Stoinis was set and along with Hilton Cartwright steered the Stars to 4/163. Stoinis ended 81 not out from 54 balls with four sixes and seven fours.
Chasing 164 to win, Hobart never really got going and lost wickets at far too regular an interval to give themselves a chance.
Glenn Maxwell picked up two wickets, Short and David Miller, before Haris Rauf ripped through the ‘Canes middle order. In the 11th over, Rauf took three wickets for three runs to leave the score on 8/64.
Had it not been for Clive Rose’s late order striking, ending 32 not out from 18 balls, the Hurricanes may not have made three figures. Adam Zampa wrapped up the innings with a stumping to give the Stars their second win in less than three days.
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Brisbane Heat beat Sydney Sixers by 48 runs
Chasing 210 at the SCG was going to be a tough ask and proved so as Chris Lynn’s whirlwind 94 from just 35 balls helped the Heat to their first win of the tournament.
The Sixers won the toss and asked Brisbane to bat and soon regretted the decision as Lynn finally found his striking ability. Despite suffering from sore ribs, Lynn deposited 11 sixes into the stands as the Sixers were powerless to stop him.
Had Lynn not gone for the glory shot, to register the quickest ever BBL century, he may have been on for a double such was his imperious batting.
Losing Lynn in the tenth over, albeit with the score on 3/113, could have led to a collapse. However, Matthew Renshaw played a wonderfully controlled innings, rotating the strike and accumulated runs before some big hits at the end, to lead the Heat past the 200 mark.
Facing a total of 210, the Sixers looked pressured from the first ball, and the Heat bowled well. Once Josh Philippe and James Vince fell within the space of six balls, the Sixers’ ability to chase the total had been severely dented.
With the asking rate increasing Moises Henriques, Tom Curran and Jordan Silk all fell trying to accelerate. Hayden Kerr, Shaun Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis all found the boundary, but it was too little, too late.