In a busy few days of action in the BBL, Melbourne Stars have demonstrated their championship-winning ability while Melbourne Renegades have finally won a match in BBL09.
Melbourne Stars beat Perth Scorchers by 10 runs
Not as comprehensive a win as the Stars have become accustomed to but just as pleasing. The Scorchers fell agonisingly short, with Nic Maddinson being the unlikely bowling hero with three wickets, as a chance to beat the leaders slipped away.
Batting first, the Stars set a total of 6/141 with Hilton Cartwright batting through the innings for 58. Glenn Maxwell (25) and Nick Larkin (24) added useful scores as the Scorchers bowlers proved difficult to score off. Matthew Kelly took 3-27 while Jhye Richardson added another impressive bowling performance to his season.
The Scorchers response was crying out for an innings similar to Cartwright’s, but the Stars would not let them settle. Maxwell showed confidence in his bowlers with brave selections. Maddinson proved to be an inspired choice with 3-24 including removing Cameron Bancroft at a key moment.
Sydney Thunder beat Sydney Sixers by 4 runs (DLS)
Multiple rain delays and plenty of wickets fell as the Thunder eked out a slim but vital four-run win on DLS. Sixers were bowled out for 76 in difficult batting conditions. Several rain interruptions punctuated the innings. Sixers soon found themselves at 3/6 before the second rain delay with Hughes, Philippe and Henriques all gone. When play resumed, the Sixers soon found themselves at 5/15 and 6/26 before Ben Dwarshuis, and Justin Avendano added vital runs. Sixers were all out in the 16th and final over to leave Thunder with a battle to beat the rain to win the match.
Jackson Bird bowled three tight overs, including the wicket of Alex Hales, with the Sixers desperate to keep Thunder below the DLS target. Ben Dwarshuis’ over cost 13 runs which proved to be the match-winner for Thunder. Five overs constitute a match, and heavy rains took the players off with three balls bowled in the sixth over. The rain set in and with Thunder ahead of the DLS target, they were awarded the win.
Adelaide Strikers beat Hobart Hurricanes by 10 runs
Travis Head’s 79 from 40 balls proved to be decisive as the Strikers won in Tasmania to move into second place in the standings. Home side Hobart Hurricanes were boosted by David Miller’s 90 not out but could not get his team over the line at UTAS Stadium. Batting first, Strikers lost Phil Salt and Jake Weatherald cheaply before Head’s critical knock. Jonathan Wells anchored the innings while Matthew Short’s bright and breezy 33 saw the Strikers post 5/186.
Hobart’s response was all about Miller as Matthew Wade, and Caleb Jewell went early to leave the Hurricanes on 2/21. Ben McDermott gave Miller support before the ever-reliable Peter Siddle picked up the Hobart captain. After that, it was down to Miller, and despite his best efforts, it proved to be too much for the South African. With the Sixers defeat the Thunder, it gave the Strikers opportunity to leapfrog them in the standings, and they did so.