Stars v Renegades, BBL, MCG January 7, 2012

Stars prevail in rain-hit Melbourne derby

ESPNcricinfo staff

Melbourne Stars 5 for 167 (Hussey 51) beat Melbourne Renegades 3 for 58 (Maxwell 28) by 11 runs (D/L method)
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Melbourne Stars raised themselves to fifth spot with a 11-run victory in a rain-hit derby at the MCG. David Hussey held together their innings with 51, while an array of smaller contributions from the rest lifted the Stars to 167 in front of a 40,000-plus crowd.

The Melbourne Renegades' chase was interrupted by rain as early as the second over but the brief stoppage caused the game to be reduced by only one over. In the ninth over, however, the showers returned and were heavier, ending the match, and the D/L calculations showed the Renegades were 12 short of the target. They had already lost the key wickets of Brad Hodge and Aaron Finch, though their overseas signings, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq, were still to bat.

For the Stars, runs continued to be elusive for captain Cameron White - his scores so far are 1, 1, 3, 2,1 - but the rest all reached double digits to steer the Stars to a competitive total. Hussey played a measured innings by Twenty20 standards and made his second half-century of the tournament - he is now the third highest run-getter of the BBL - while Luke Wright and Matthew Wade provided the big hits at the start and end of the innings.

Afridi's mix of googlies and faster ones made him the most effective of the Renegades' bowlers with 2 for 20, but the rain denied him a chance to make a similar impact with the bat, leaving his team near the foot of the table.

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  • brenta on January 8, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    brad hodge was all talk. I can't believe he isn't in the aussie team with his overweight body and lack of footwork.

  • far on January 8, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    so the Melbourne duds won a game thanks to the rain and shane warne is yet to win one for them

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    I fail to see what is the use of BigBash cricket in so far as the word "cricket"implies. Is it of necessary relevance to quote any of players statistics in this implied game of cricket . My biggest amusement is that 40,000 people were in attendance . Could just one of them explain on here just what was the highlight of their night . For me , it would have been train home .

  • Alan on January 8, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    That was seems to be a very intersting game, to bad rain stuff things up. Hopefull Melbourne Renegates will rise up on the point table.

  • Abdul on January 7, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    It is apathetic that Afridi and Razzaq were not giving much opportunity to show their flare. This is just waste of players. Place a confidence on them to open the inings then u wil see what are doing. One is good against spin, while another against fast. There is no way to spend huge amount on these palyers without giving them much opportunity, Just use them properly.

  • Aidan on January 7, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    So are Melbourne supporters set with their own team - or do they just barrack for the Melbourne team which appears to be winning at the time?

  • Andy on January 7, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Can't get over how camp that photo looks!

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