(N), Melbourne, Dec 20 2013, Big Bash League
(17.3/20 ov, target 209)132
Stars won by 76 runs
Player Of The Match
70 (32) & 1/26
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• The Report by Alex Malcolm

Wright, Bird power Stars to win in opener

After losing to the Melbourne Renegades twice last season, the Melbourne Stars exacted revenge on their cross-town rivals in dazzling style on the opening night of the Big Bash League 2013-14

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Scores: Chandan Duorah
Scorecard summary
Melbourne Stars208/7(20 overs)
Melbourne Renegades132/10(17.3 overs)
Jos Buttler49 (28)
Aaron Finch32 (26)
Clint McKay2/31(3.3)

A comprehensive win for the Melbourne Stars to start the campaign who post a massive 208 batting first with some blistering knock from the captain and Luke Wright. McKay and Bird shines with ball and nowhere Melbourne Renegades looked near to the target though Finch and Buttler tried their best. Luke Wright named Man of the Match for his knock of 70 and also grabs the important wicket of Finch. That's all we had for you guys tonight, do join us tomorrow for the match between Sixers and Thunder. Cheers!

McKay to Murali, OUT

back of a length delivery from McKay wide outside off. Muralitharan backs away and tries to make some room to slice it over backward point but ended up into the safe hands of Maxwell. He is everywhere and that's the final wicket and a 76 runs victory for the Stars.

Muthiah Muralidaran c Maxwell b McKay 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
McKay to Murali, no run

length delivery outside off and Muralitharan misses a wild swing.

McKay to O'Brien, 1 run

length delivery, down leg, flicks it through midwicket

end of over 171 run • 2 wickets
MR: 131/9CRR: 7.70 RRR: 26.00
Aaron O'Brien2 (6)
Muthiah Muralidaran0 (0)
John Hastings 3-0-10-1
Clint McKay 3-0-30-1
Hastings to O'Brien, 1 run

Steers a back of a length delivery to third man

Hastings to O'Brien, no run

goes for a wild to a back of a length delivery which moves away with the angle

Hastings to O'Brien, no run

back of a length angling away from O'Brien, left alone.

Hastings to O'Brien, OUT

length delivery outside off, O'Brien drives it straight to Maxwell at short cover, Herrick way out of his crease searching for a single which was not at all there, direct throw towards the non-striker's end he his gone without facing a ball.

Jayde Herrick run out (Maxwell) 0 (1m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Hastings to Sheridan, OUT

short of a length delivery which was bowled from the back of the hand and Sheridan have to wait a long before he goes for that pull. He mistimes it and skies to deep midwicket where Maxwell grabs it running forward.

William Sheridan c Maxwell b Hastings 5 (17m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.5
Hastings to Sheridan, no run

back of a length delivery on off, misses a slog

end of over 167 runs • 1 wicket
MR: 130/7CRR: 8.12 RRR: 19.75
William Sheridan5 (6)
Aaron O'Brien1 (2)
Clint McKay 3-0-30-1
Luke Wright 3-0-26-1
McKay to Sheridan, 1 run

short of a length delivery, pulls it down to long-on

McKay to O'Brien, 1 run

length delivery down leg, flicks it behind square leg

McKay to O'Brien, no run

length delivery struck high on his thigh pad

McKay to Rimmington, 1 run, OUT

length delivery on middle and leg, turns it around square leg and tries to steal the second. Man runs in from deep square leg and throws it towards the striker's end and Rimmington was found short of his crease in the replay.

Nathan Rimmington run out (Bird/†Wade) 12 (10m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 92.3
McKay to Rimmington, 2 runs

back of a length delivery on middle and leg, pulls it off the back foot towards the cow corner, good save from the deep midwicket running to his left

McKay to Rimmington, 2 runs

back of a length delivery outside off, gets it over extra cover for a couple

end of over 155 runs
MR: 123/6CRR: 8.20 RRR: 17.20
Nathan Rimmington7 (10)
William Sheridan4 (5)
Luke Wright 3-0-26-1
Clive Rose 3-0-28-0
Wright to Rimmington, 1 run

similar delivery outside off, this time he gets it to the right of the keeper and steals a quick single

Wright to Rimmington, no run

Rimmington dabs a back of a length delivery to backward point

Wright to Rimmington, no run

short of a length delivery too wide outside off, not able to reach it

Wright to Rimmington, no run

pushes a length delivery on off to mid-off

Wright to Rimmington, no run

short and wide outside off and is beaten, keeper does the rest

Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossMelbourne Renegades, elected to field first
SeriesBig Bash League
Player Of The Match
Luke Wright
Luke Wright
Hours of play (local time)19.40 start, First Session 19.40-21.00, Interval 21.00-21.20, Second Session 21.20-22.40
Match days20 December 2013 - night (20-over match)
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John Ward
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Simon Fry
TV Umpire
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Paul Wilson
Reserve Umpire
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Richard Patterson
Match Referee
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Bob Stratford
PointsMelbourne Stars 2, Melbourne Renegades 0