31st Match (N), Perth, Jan 16 2016, Big Bash League
(19/20 ov, target 147)94
Stars won by 52 runs
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• The Report by Tristan Lavalette

Stars quicks secure MCG semi-final

New-ball bowlers Ben Hilfenhaus and Daniel Worrall helped bowl Perth Scorchers out for 94 and secure Melbourne Stars a home semi-final

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Scorecard summary
Melbourne Stars146/9(20 overs)
David Hussey36 (25)
Evan Gulbis*25 (21)
Matt Dixon3/32(4)
Andrew Tye2/25(4)
Perth Scorchers94/10(19 overs)
end of over 195 runs • 1 wicket
PS: 94/10CRR: 4.94 RRR: 53.00
Adam Voges46 (51)
Daniel Worrall 4-0-15-3
Adam Zampa 4-0-16-2

9.30pm What a turnaround this has been. Stars had not confirmed a semi-final berth but now they have secured a home semi with a utterly dominant bowling display. They have bowled Scorchers out for 94, and win the game by 52 runs. Scorchers huffed and puffed after losing many early wickets, and never looked in the hunt for the target of 147. Voges then set his sights on 109 for the home semi but ran out of partners in his objective. It was the opening bowlers - Dan Worrall and Ben Hilfenhaus who set the tone early, with exceptional displays, swinging the ball both ways.

Worrall to Dixon, OUT

bowled im. That is it. Stars secure a home semi-final at the MCG. Very full on middle, the ball tailing back in. Sneaks through bat and pad to clatter into the stumps. Scorchers bowled out for 94.

Matt Dixon b Worrall 0 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Worrall to Dixon, no run

another dot ball. Full on off, steered to point

15 off 8

Worrall to Dixon, no run

good delivery. Tailing back in to off . Pushed back

Worrall to Dixon, no run

yorker on leg, dug out to midwicket

Worrall to Dixon, FOUR runs

that will be four leg byes. Massive cheers from the crowd. Full but down leg, Dixon very awkwardly tries to keep it out but the ball hits the leg and then past a diving keeper to the fine leg boundary

Worrall to Voges, 1 run

good delivery. Length on off, very tight. Hit out to deep point. Just the one

Right then, it all comes down to Voges. Worrall to bowl. Still 20 needed. All fielders linger on the edge of the circle

end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
PS: 89/9CRR: 4.94 RRR: 29.00
Matt Dixon0 (1)
Adam Voges45 (50)
Adam Zampa 4-0-16-2
Ben Hilfenhaus 3-0-17-3
Zampa to Dixon, no run

flat on off and middle, Dixon goes back to offer the full face in staunch defense.

Could be a slider. A silly point comes in

Zampa to Voges, 1 run

flat outside off, drilled down to long-on. Pietersen does well to keep it to one

Zampa to Voges, 2 runs

nice shot. Voges gets two. Gets down early and rockets a sweep in the gap at midwicket

Zampa to Voges, no run

flat on leg, slapped back at the bowler

Zampa to Hogg, OUT

Hogg goes. Googly on off, Hogg goes for an expansive drive but the ball skews off the outside half in the air to cover. Hussey takes an easy catch. Not a very clever shot

Brad Hogg c Hussey b Zampa 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Zampa to Voges, 1 run

flat outside off, flat-batted to cover for a quick run.

Target for Scorchers: 24 off three overs but just two wickets in hand. Every run cheered

end of over 177 runs • 1 wicket
PS: 85/8CRR: 5.00 RRR: 20.66
Brad Hogg0 (1)
Adam Voges41 (46)
Ben Hilfenhaus 3-0-17-3
Adam Zampa 3-0-12-1
Hilfenhaus to Hogg, no run

length delivery on off, defended

Hogg comes out

Hilfenhaus to Jhye Richardson, OUT

gone. Richardson goes. Shortish delivery outside off, Richardson goes for a pull, but the ball spoons up for Hilfenhaus to take.

Jhye Richardson c & b Hilfenhaus 5 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55
Hilfenhaus to Voges, 1 run

carved down to third man

Hilfenhaus to Jhye Richardson, 3 runs

a bit of a misfield at midwicket gives Scorchers three. Short delivery on middle, Richardson pulls to midwicket but the ball lands just in front and deviates away.

Hilfenhaus to Voges, 1 run

shortish delivery again outside off, Voges inside-halves to square leg for a run

Hilfenhaus to Voges, 2 runs

shortish delivery down leg, Voges nicely places the pull behind square for a couple

end of over 162 runs
PS: 78/7CRR: 4.87 RRR: 17.25
Jhye Richardson2 (7)
Adam Voges37 (43)
Adam Zampa 3-0-12-1
Evan Gulbis 3-0-20-1
Zampa to Jhye Richardson, no run

nice over. Googly on middle, rolls off the pads down the track. Richardson sent back after looking for a non-existent run

Zampa to Voges, 1 run

short outside off, pulled to deep midwicket

Match details
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
TossPerth Scorchers, elected to field first
SeriesBig Bash League
Player Of The Match
Ben Hilfenhaus
Ben Hilfenhaus
Hours of play (local time)18.15 start, First Session 18.15-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.45, Second Session 19.45-21.00
Match days16 January 2016 - night (20-over match)
T20 debut
Jhye Richardson
Jhye Richardson
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Geoff Joshua
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Phillip Gillespie
TV Umpire
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Paul Wilson
Reserve Umpire
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James Hewitt
Match Referee
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Bob Stratford
PointsMelbourne Stars 2, Perth Scorchers 0