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.