(N)Big Bash League at Melbourne, Dec 15 2012
(19.1/20 ov, target 135)
Melb Stars won by 4 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Melbourne Stars
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Warne taunts Bailey as Stars seal hard-fought win

Shane Warne did not take a wicket but left a mark nonetheless as the Melbourne Stars edged past the Hobart Hurricanes in the final over of the BBL match at the MCG

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Scorecard summary
Hobart Hurricanes134/8(20 overs)
Melbourne Stars135/6(19.1 overs)

A hard fought 4 wicket win for the Stars with a number of vital contributions with the bat allowing them to get acorss the line with five cherries remaining.

Quiney's innings of 35 off 31 was a mixed affair but vital nonetheless and Brad Hodge was typically dashing through the off side during his knock of 34 off 30.

Ben Laughlin and Doug Bollinger bowled with a lot of heart for the Hurricanes but, in the end, they were perhaps 10 runs short of a match-winning total.

Tim Paine's game-high 46 at a run-a-ball allowed the 'Canes to post a competitive total but he got out just when he was looking to launch - the third wicket to the impressive Clint McKay.

Malinga and Faulkner claimed two wickets each and the Sri Lankan mystery man cleaned up to more hapless victims.

That victory takes the Stars to equal top of the table with fellow Victorians, the Renegades, with two wins.

Clint McKay is named MOM for his three wickets. Despite the result, Benny Laughlin can count himself very unlucky as he was absolutely outstanding with the ball.

Gulbis to Faulkner, 1 no ball
another bouncer is played and missed as Faulker looked to ramp it over the keeper but it's called no ball by the square leg umpire and the Stars win again!
Gulbis to Faulkner, FOUR runs
good bouncer from Gulbis takes Faulkner on the gloves as he attempts to pull, it flies over the keeper and runs away for four despite a valiant effort from Owais Shah to prevent it
end of over 195 runs • 1 wicket
MS: 130/6CRR: 6.84 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 5 from 6b
Peter Handscomb2 (2)
James Faulkner2 (2)
Ben Laughlin4-0-14-3
Doug Bollinger4-2-22-2

What a spell from Laughlin. 4 overs three wickets for 14 runs. Very impressive!

Laughlin to Handscomb, no run
p[ulled to backward square inside the circle, there's a mix up and a direct hit at the bowlers' end would have seen Faulkner run out
Laughlin to Handscomb, 2 runs
slower ball grips on the surface and has Handscomb attempting to play through the off side, it takes the inside edge and they get a couple to fine leg
Laughlin to Faulkner, 1 run
guided to short third man
Laughlin to White, OUT
White sits back and hammers it high into the night sky. Birt moves in from deep mid wicket and takes a good catch and that's Laughlin's third wicket. What a fighter!
CL White c Birt b Laughlin 22 (33m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 104.76
Laughlin to Faulkner, 1 run
angled into the body of Faulkner and he gets an inside edge onto his pads it comes up and he gets a hand on it and they steal a quick single. Laughlin is absolutely livid and they appeal for 'handled ball' but the umpire isn't having any of it
Laughlin to White, 1 run
speared in at middle and leg stump and White plays to deep square leg
end of over 1814 runs • 1 wicket
MS: 125/5CRR: 6.94 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 10 from 12b
Cameron White21 (19)
James Faulkner0 (0)
Doug Bollinger4-2-22-2
Evan Gulbis3-0-23-0

Full credit to Bollinger there for his spell of 2 for 22 from 4. That's including two maidens. Yes, not one but two...

Bollinger to White, 1 run
half volley aimed at off stump and White cracks it to deep point

11 off 13 required and the game is the Stars' to lose

Bollinger to White, FOUR runs
bollinger loses his line here and White pulls off the bottom of his glove, it beats Paine and races away for four
Bollinger to Maxwell, OUT
one too many strokes from Maxwell as he hits Bollinger on the up to Doherty at mid off. Soft dismissal and well deserved for Dougie
GJ Maxwell c Doherty b Bollinger 19 (15m 12b 2x4 1x6) SR: 158.33
Bollinger to Maxwell, FOUR runs
good yorker from Bollinger but Maxwell's bravado is bringing him some good fortune. A bottom edge from a square drive become a french cut and runs away for four
Bollinger to Maxwell, FOUR runs
a bit of flair from Maxwell here as he sits back, clears his front hip and slogs it over mid wicket for four
Bollinger to White, 1 run
full on middle stump and White plays to mid off and they hussle through for a quick single. Doherty hits the sticks but White is home safe
end of over 176 runs
MS: 111/4CRR: 6.52 • RRR: 8.00 • Need 24 from 18b
Glenn Maxwell11 (9)
Cameron White15 (16)
Evan Gulbis3-0-23-0
Scott Styris2-0-27-0
Gulbis to Maxwell, no run
Maxwell charges and gives himself room, Gulbis follows him and beats the bat
Gulbis to White, 1 run
White backs away and Gulbis follows him with a full ball which White nudges to long on
Gulbis to White, 2 runs
short ball pulled off the top edge into the gap behind square between two men on the boundary, one at fine leg, one at square leg
Gulbis to Maxwell, 1 run
angled into the pads and Maxwell whips it to fine leg
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossMelbourne Stars , elected to field first
SeriesBig Bash League 2012
Player Of The Match
Clint McKay
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.30, Second Session 20.30-21.50
Match days15 December 2012 - night match (20-over match)
Geoff Joshua
Mick Martell
TV Umpire
Ian Lock
Match Referee
David Levens
PointsMelbourne Stars 2, Hobart Hurricanes 0