Big Bash League

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder

Melbourne Stars won by 13 runs

Hello all and welcome to the coverage of Big Bash League. Today Melbourne Stars are vying for a place in the semi-finals. They are playing Sydney Thunder who will make their eighth attempt to get a couple of points.

Cameron White is the captain for Melbourne Stars as Shane Warne is serving a suspension. He wins the toss and Stars are batting first.

0.1

Doran to Quiney, 1 run, punches down to long on

0.2

Doran to Wright, no run, defended back to the bowler

0.3

Doran to Wright, 1 run, worked to the leg side, they think about two, but Doran fields very well off his own bowling

0.4

Doran to Quiney, no run, worked to short fine leg

0.5

Doran to Quiney, 1 run, flicked through square leg, probably should have been two there

0.6

Doran to Wright, no run, cuts off leg stump to gully

End of over 1 (3 runs) Melbourne Stars 3/0
LJ Wright    1* (3b)      LA Doran    1-0-3-0
RJ Quiney    2* (3b)     

1.1

Sandhu to Quiney, no run, defends to cover, nice area to start

1.2

Sandhu to Quiney, 1 wide, strays just down the leg side

1.2

Sandhu to Quiney, FOUR, full outside off, opens the face on the drive, glorious shot through gully

1.3

Sandhu to Quiney, 1 run, shortish on leg, chipped up through square leg but it lands safely

1.4

Sandhu to Wright, no run, back of a length outside off, rocks back and smashes it straight to mid wicket

1.5

Sandhu to Wright, 1 run, back of a length outside off, works down to square leg

1.6

Sandhu to Quiney, 1 wide, full and strays down leg

1.6

Sandhu to Quiney, 2 runs, full on leg, flicks high out to deep mid wicket, lands just short of the man on the rope

End of over 2 (10 runs) Melbourne Stars 13/0
RJ Quiney    9* (7b 1x4)      GS Sandhu    1-0-10-0
LJ Wright    2* (5b)      LA Doran    1-0-3-0

2.1

Nannes to Wright, no run, good zip on off peg, gets forward to defend

2.2

Nannes to Wright, no run, that's quick, ducks under a lethal bouncer

2.3

Nannes to Wright, FOUR, length on off, picks it up early and he just smashes it straight back over the bowler's head

2.4

Nannes to Wright, OUT, back of a length, pushes it down to cover and they take a very risky single, Gayle charges in and hits from short range but with just one stump to hit, great run out

LJ Wright run out 6 (13m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

2.5

Nannes to Quiney, 1 run, worked to square leg

2.6

Nannes to Hodge, no run, back of a length, defended to point

End of over 3 (5 runs) Melbourne Stars 18/1
BJ Hodge    0* (1b)      DP Nannes    1-0-5-0
RJ Quiney    10* (8b 1x4)      GS Sandhu    1-0-10-0

3.1

Sandhu to Quiney, 1 run, back of a length, pulled through square leg

3.2

Sandhu to Hodge, 3 runs, length outside off, cut through point and there's a poor misfield

3.3

Sandhu to Quiney, 1 run, big inside edge on the drive squirts out to mid wicket

3.4

Sandhu to Hodge, 1 run, sharp single as Sandhu fields off his own bowling, would have been out had he hit

3.5

Sandhu to Quiney, no run, punched to mid on

3.6

Sandhu to Quiney, 1 leg bye, off the pads to short fine leg

End of over 4 (7 runs) Melbourne Stars 25/1
RJ Quiney    12* (12b 1x4)      GS Sandhu    2-0-16-0
BJ Hodge    4* (3b)      DP Nannes    1-0-5-0

4.1

Nannes to Quiney, 1 run, full on off, driven hard back to the bowler who can't field cleanly

4.2

Nannes to Hodge, no run, back of a length on off, defends down to the off side, bit of indecision but they decide against the run

4.3

Nannes to Hodge, no run, driven to cover

4.4

Nannes to Hodge, 1 run, chases him with the short ball, defends down to the leg side

4.5

Nannes to Quiney, no run, length on off, defended to cover

4.6

Nannes to Quiney, 1 run, full on off, driven to mid off

End of over 5 (3 runs) Melbourne Stars 28/1
RJ Quiney    14* (15b 1x4)      DP Nannes    2-0-8-0
BJ Hodge    5* (6b)      GS Sandhu    2-0-16-0

5.1

Abbott to Quiney, FOUR, gives him some width outside off and he takes full advantage slogging it over cover, one bounce over the rope

5.2

Abbott to Quiney, FOUR, short on off this time, rocks back and pulls through mid wicket

5.3

Abbott to Quiney, no run, slower ball, length on off, defended back to the bowler

5.4

Abbott to Quiney, OUT, slower ball beats him in flight and it goes straight up in the air, there is almost a mix-up between Khawaja and Cosgrove, but the catch is taken

RJ Quiney c Khawaja b Abbott 22 (27m 19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 115.78

5.5

Abbott to Hodge, 1 run, guided to third man

5.6

Abbott to Hussey, no run, length on off, defended on the back foot

End of over 6 (9 runs) Melbourne Stars 37/2
DJ Hussey    0* (1b)      SA Abbott    1-0-9-1
BJ Hodge    6* (7b)      DP Nannes    2-0-8-0

6.1

Doran to Hodge, FOUR, flicks through fine leg with great placement and timing, just beats the 'fast' moving Cosgrove

6.2

Doran to Hodge, 1 run

6.3

Doran to Hussey, 2 runs

6.4

Doran to Hussey, 1 run

6.5

Doran to Hodge, 1 run

6.6

Doran to Hussey, 1 run

End of over 7 (10 runs) Melbourne Stars 47/2
DJ Hussey    4* (4b)      LA Doran    2-0-13-0
BJ Hodge    12* (10b 1x4)      SA Abbott    1-0-9-1

7.1

Zampa to Hussey, 2 runs, cut through backward point

7.2

Zampa to Hussey, 1 run, cut through point

7.3

Zampa to Hodge, 1 run, cut to gully

7.4

Zampa to Hussey, 2 runs, drives through mid on

7.5

Zampa to Hussey, 1 run, takes the pace off it, top spinner finds a top edge but doesn't find a fielder

7.6

Zampa to Hodge, 1 run, flicked to short fine leg

End of over 8 (8 runs) Melbourne Stars 55/2
BJ Hodge    14* (12b 1x4)      A Zampa    1-0-8-0
DJ Hussey    10* (8b)      LA Doran    2-0-13-0

8.1

Keen to Hodge, 1 run, length on off, guided to third man

8.2

Keen to Hussey, 1 run, length outside off, cut into the ground out to point

8.3

Keen to Hodge, no run

8.4

Keen to Hodge, 1 run, guided to third man

8.5

Keen to Hussey, 1 run, driven to long on

8.6

Keen to Hodge, FOUR, short on off, hooks and despite a top edge he finds the gap backward of square

End of over 9 (8 runs) Melbourne Stars 63/2
BJ Hodge    20* (16b 2x4)      SJC Keen    1-0-8-0
DJ Hussey    12* (10b)      A Zampa    1-0-8-0

9.1

Abbott to Hussey, 2 runs, flicked to mid wicket

9.2

Abbott to Hussey, no run, slower ball beats him as he drops it short

9.3

Abbott to Hussey, 1 run, guided to gully

9.4

Abbott to Hodge, no run, flicked to square leg

9.5

Abbott to Hodge, FOUR, full outside off, drives hard over cover, nice placement

9.6

Abbott to Hodge, no run, pushed to cover

End of over 10 (7 runs) Melbourne Stars 70/2
BJ Hodge    24* (19b 3x4)      SA Abbott    2-0-16-1
DJ Hussey    15* (13b)      SJC Keen    1-0-8-0

10.1

Zampa to Hussey, 2 runs, flicked through mid wicket

10.2

Zampa to Hussey, no run, cuts to gully

10.3

Zampa to Hussey, 1 run, low full toss dips late, drives in the air back to the bowler who drops a very tough chance

10.4

Zampa to Hodge, 1 run, flicked through mid on and Prior fields very well to cut the second

10.5

Zampa to Hussey, 1 leg bye, half shout for LBW but going way down leg and squirting off to the off side

10.6

Zampa to Hodge, 2 runs, full and driven through point

End of over 11 (7 runs) Melbourne Stars 77/2
BJ Hodge    27* (21b 3x4)      A Zampa    2-0-14-0
DJ Hussey    18* (17b)      SA Abbott    2-0-16-1

11.1

Keen to Hussey, (no ball) 1 run, high full toss gets called a no ball, pulls to fine leg

11.1

Keen to Hodge, FOUR, full and wide, steps backwards then has to reach for it and smashes it over cover

11.2

Keen to Hodge, SIX, full outside off and he goes again, this time over mid off, great shot

11.3

Keen to Hodge, 1 run

11.4

Keen to Hussey, 1 run, slower ball worked through mid wicket

11.5

Keen to Hodge, 1 run, slower ball outside off, rockets it through cover, great timing

11.6

Keen to Hussey, 2 runs, full and driven to long on

End of over 12 (17 runs) Melbourne Stars 94/2
DJ Hussey    22* (20b)      SJC Keen    2-0-25-0
BJ Hodge    39* (25b 4x4 1x6)      A Zampa    2-0-14-0

12.1

Nannes to Hodge, OUT, bang, back with a wicket straight away, beating him with a length ball on leg stump

BJ Hodge b Nannes 39 (41m 26b 4x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

12.2

Nannes to Maxwell, 1 run, pushes him right back with a bouncer, defends out to the leg side

12.3

Nannes to Hussey, 1 run, guided nicely down to third man

12.4

Nannes to Maxwell, 1 leg bye, off the thigh pad out to the leg side

12.5

Nannes to Hussey, 2 runs, width outside off, cuts through point

12.6

Nannes to Hussey, 1 bye, ducks under a bumper and they take off for a cheeky single

End of over 13 (6 runs) Melbourne Stars 100/3
DJ Hussey    25* (23b)      DP Nannes    3-0-12-1
GJ Maxwell    1* (2b)      SJC Keen    2-0-25-0

13.1

Sandhu to Hussey, FOUR, slower ball cut through point, great placement to disect the two men on the rope

13.2

Sandhu to Hussey, no run, good zip through, beats the outside edge on the cut

13.3

Sandhu to Hussey, 2 runs, back of a length, cut through point

13.4

Sandhu to Hussey, 1 run, cuts through gully

13.5

Sandhu to Maxwell, 1 run, tries to pull a ball that was quite full, top edges it just short of cover

13.6

Sandhu to Hussey, OUT, big wicket here, he cuts a short ball outside off to point where Cosgrove takes a great catch low to his right

DJ Hussey c Cosgrove b Sandhu 32 (36m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

End of over 14 (8 runs) Melbourne Stars 108/4
     GS Sandhu    3-0-24-1
GJ Maxwell    2* (3b)      DP Nannes    3-0-12-1

14.1

Abbott to Maxwell, FOUR, length on leg, flicks over square leg, nicely

14.2

Abbott to Maxwell, no run, short on off, backs away and tries to cut but can't connect

14.3

Abbott to Maxwell, 1 wide, strays down leg

14.3

Abbott to Maxwell, 1 run, defended to square leg

14.4

Abbott to White, 1 run, worked to square leg

14.5

Abbott to Maxwell, 1 wide, strays well down leg

14.5

Abbott to Maxwell, 1 run, worked to sqquare leg

14.6

Abbott to White, 1 run, pulled to fine leg

End of over 15 (10 runs) Melbourne Stars 118/4
CL White    2* (2b)      SA Abbott    3-0-26-1
GJ Maxwell    8* (7b 1x4)      GS Sandhu    3-0-24-1

15.1

Sandhu to White, 1 run, pulled to long on

15.2

Sandhu to Maxwell, FOUR, advances down the wicket and swats it through cover

15.3

Sandhu to Maxwell, FOUR, full and smoked straight back over the bowler's head, that went like a rocket

15.4

Sandhu to Maxwell, no run, slower ball beats him through the air. pushed to cover

15.5

Sandhu to Maxwell, no run, length outside off, backs away and then can't reach it

15.6

Sandhu to Maxwell, OUT, wide outside off, he drives hard and high over point and gets caught two thirds of the way to the boundary

GJ Maxwell c Abbott b Sandhu 17 (19m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 141.66

End of over 16 (9 runs) Melbourne Stars 127/5
     GS Sandhu    4-0-33-2
CL White    3* (3b)      SA Abbott    3-0-26-1

16.1

Abbott to Faulkner, 1 run, worked through square leg

16.2

Abbott to White, 1 run, flicked through square leg

16.3

Abbott to Faulkner, no run, length on off, defended back to the bowler

16.4

Abbott to Faulkner, 1 run, guided to third man

16.5

Abbott to White, 1 run, guided to third man

16.6

Abbott to Faulkner, 1 run, flicked to square leg

End of over 17 (5 runs) Melbourne Stars 132/5
JP Faulkner    3* (4b)      SA Abbott    4-0-31-1
CL White    5* (5b)      GS Sandhu    4-0-33-2

17.1

Keen to Faulkner, 1 run

17.2

Keen to White, OUT, off cutter does enough to beat White, clipping the top of middle

CL White b Keen 5 (16m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

17.3

Keen to Hastings, no run, works to the leg side, Faulkner sets off but gets sent back

17.4

Keen to Hastings, no run, guided to gully

17.5

Keen to Hastings, 2 runs, worked to square leg and they run well for two

17.6

Keen to Hastings, no run, slower ball beats him again, great nut

End of over 18 (3 runs) Melbourne Stars 135/6
JW Hastings    2* (4b)      SJC Keen    3-0-28-1
JP Faulkner    4* (5b)      SA Abbott    4-0-31-1

18.1

Nannes to Faulkner, 1 run, chases him to the leg side and flicks to fine leg

18.2

Nannes to Hastings, 1 run, width outside off, cut through cover

18.3

Nannes to Faulkner, 1 run, gets down for the ramp shot and almost flicks it into his face

18.4

Nannes to Hastings, no run, short slower ball beats him through the air, can't get the hook shot to connect

18.5

Nannes to Hastings, 1 run, sharp single, misses with the throw, would have been out

18.6

Nannes to Faulkner, 1 run, flicked to fine leg

End of over 19 (5 runs) Melbourne Stars 140/6
JP Faulkner    7* (8b)      DP Nannes    4-0-17-1
JW Hastings    4* (7b)      SJC Keen    3-0-28-1

19.1

Gayle to Faulkner, 1 run, darted in and flicked to deep mid wicket

19.2

Gayle to Hastings, OUT, quicker ball goes straight through him as he tries to send it back over long on

JW Hastings b Gayle 4 (7m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

19.3

Gayle to Mascarenhas, 1 run, yorker dug out to long on

19.4

Gayle to Faulkner, 1 run, pulled through mid wicket, another quicker ball

19.5

Gayle to Mascarenhas, OUT, gets under this one but doesn't get quite enough as he puts it down long on's throat, who almost dropped it!

AD Mascarenhas c Khawaja b Gayle 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

19.6

Gayle to Faulkner, 2 runs, full and driven to long off

Well the Thunder have done brilliantly well to restrict the Stars, conceding just 18 off the final four overs. Gayle will be desperate to put an ordinary Big Bash behind him with a big score tonight. Stay tuned for the chase.

Match State: Innings Break

End of over 20 (5 runs) Melbourne Stars 145/8
JP Faulkner    11* (11b)      CH Gayle    1-0-5-2
CJ McKay    0* (0b)      DP Nannes    4-0-17-1
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Photos

Feb 14, 2013

The ball lodges in Rob Quiney's helmet grill after Matt Prior's swing and miss, Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League, January 8, 2013

The ball lodges in Rob Quiney's helmet grill after Matt Prior's swing and miss

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Jan 8, 2013

Brad Hodge top scored for his side with 39, Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League, MCG, January 8, 2013

Brad Hodge top scored for Melbourne Stars with 39

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