Stars v Hurricanes, BBL 2013-14, Melbourne January 21, 2014

Wright fifty keeps Stars unbeaten

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Melbourne Stars 5 for 135 (Wright 52, Laughlin 2-28) beat Hobart Hurricanes 9 for 131 (Birt 31, Stoinis 2-12, Hastings 2-15)
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The Melbourne Stars continued their unbeaten run with a convincing five-wicket win against Hobart Hurricanes in Melbourne. The top three teams - Stars, Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers - have qualified for the semi-finals and the fourth place will be fought for between Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers.

The Hurricanes lost Tim Paine on the first ball of the match when they were asked to bat but Ben Dunk and Jonathan Wells steered them to safety. However, Wells was sent back in the fifth over by John Hastings and Shoaib Malik was run out for a diamond duck five balls later, within which Dunk hit two fours, to leave them at 41 for 3. Travis Birt charged the innings by targeting Scott Boland, who was hit for consecutive sixes. The stand of 43, which lasted 6.3 overs, was broken when both the set batsmen were dismissed by Marcus Stoinis, leaving them at a precarious 84 for 5.

Aiden Blizzard struck two fours and a six but the rest of the batsmen failed to build on the platform Dunk and Birt had laid as the last five batsmen put together only 17 runs. Hastings took one more wicket to finish with an economical 2 for 15 from four overs and Blizzard was unbeaten on 28 as the Hurricanes were restricted to 131 for 9.

The Stars also lost one of their openers early with Cameron White falling for 4 on Dimitri Mascarenhas' first ball. Luke Wright stayed strong at the other end even though he didn't get much support for substantial partnerships. In nearly seven overs Wright and Brad Hodge put on 42 out of which the latter made only 12 off 26 balls. When he got out in the 12th over, the Stars needed 59 from 55. Wright brought up his fifty and took the team past 100 but his wicket in the 15th over dented their chase further, but they needed less than run-a-ball by then.

A four from Peter Handscomb on the first ball of the last over took the Stars home and gave them their seventh win in seven matches.

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  • Paulo on January 23, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    @salazar555 sorry. I had the mistaken belief the Carberry overtook him in the later stage.

  • Peter on January 21, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Hales and Wright could make a good opening partnership for a few years. I like Lumb too but not sure how old he is and how long he'll continue to play

    @cod and chips. Kieswetter was leading run scorer in English 20/20 not Carberry. Something that was lost on the media at the time when they were singing Carberry's praises and Kieswetter didn't get a mention.

    Happy for Wright, keep doing what you're doing, people have to sit up and notice sooner or later.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    I think Hales, Carberry, Wright should be playing for England in both limited over formats. Wright should be in the ODI squad from now till the World Cup 2015, simply because of the experience he has gained playing in Australia.

  • Paulo on January 21, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    @GoCho agree he can bowl useful overs, especially given our lack of death bowling. Also agree on the aggressive approach needed- the Giles formula doesn't work. People have recommended Hales- number 1 T20I batsman in the world. Would prefer Hales to Wright as he has not been given a chance, although his abysmal first class season puts me off. Michael Carberry as well is in the squad, and was the leading run scored in our FLT20.

  • David on January 21, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    GoCho, You are quite right about Wright, except that he'd be destroyed in the current English set up, with its emphasis on safety first batting, for so long based around Trott, whose tedious approach brought runs, but too slowly. England seem to have become scared of dynamic players, yet oddly incapable of building innings responsibly in test cricket. I feel sorry for Wright, but there again he is probably having more fun well away from the England XI!

  • Hamdan on January 21, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    What happened to LASITH MALINGA ??? He was only 1 wicket away to break the all time highest T20 wicket taker record.

  • Karthik on January 21, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    @CodandChips, thx for the stats..but given he can chip in with 5 or more useful overs, dont you think his aggressive approach would serve the current England ODI team down better than Bell/Cook?

  • Android on January 21, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    I rank melbourne star and ss as most powerful team to watchout for in clt20

  • Paulo on January 21, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    @GoCho "under-utilised him in the limitied overs format". He's played 48 ODIs at an average of 21 (and only strike rate of 88) and 42 T20Is at an average of 20 (but with a better strike rate of 140). In his 94 England matches combined he has only 6 50s- that's 1 every 15 matches. To me it sounds like he's been ove-utilised. But he'll still be batting 3 come the WT20, despite the existence of better players such as Pietersen, Morgan and Carberry who could bat there.

  • Karthik on January 21, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Sorry to bring IPL here but I really wish CSK would bid for Wright as an opener to replace Mike Huss. England have always under-utilised him in the limitied overs format.

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