RESULT
16th Match (D/N), Launceston, December 30, 2019, Big Bash League
(11/11 ov) 69/5
(7.3/7.3 ov, T:52) 55/3

Stars won by 4 runs (D/L method)

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Scorecard summary
Hobart Hurricanes 69/5(11 overs)
Melbourne Stars 55/3(7.3 overs)

10:19pm And off we go again. The par score for 7.3 overs is 51 for 3. For eight overs, it's 55 for 3. The captains and umpires are having a chat. We don't have too much time remaining for get the overs in. So this should be the end...yes it is. Melbourne Stars have won by four runs (DLS method). The captains shake hands. As do the teams. It's been a dicey evening and Stars have done just enough to stay ahead of the par. Experience counts. Stoinis and Handscomb didn't take too many risks as we approached what was the third rain stoppage. Only 18.3 overs possible in the match and in the end Stars ended up in front. Nathan Coulter-Nile is the Man of the Match. His 2 for 14 alongside Steyn's 2 for 12 set this up well for Stars, who are now second place with six points. Thanks for joining us and we'll see you soon!

7.3
Meredith to Handscomb, no run

short at off stump, nicely on top of that to defend

7.2
W
Meredith to Stoinis, OUT

he's holed out to long-on! Sort of a length just outside off, looks to club that over midwicket, ends up slicing it and Miller hangs on

Marcus Stoinis c Miller b Meredith 25 (19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 131.57
7.1
4
Meredith to Stoinis, FOUR runs

slapped over mid-off. Short of a length just outside off, stands deep in the crease and wallops that flat-batted

end of over 79 runs
MS: 51/2CRR: 7.28 RRR: 7.50
Marcus Stoinis21 (17)
Peter Handscomb22 (20)
Qais Ahmad 2-0-19-0
Nathan Ellis 1-0-5-0
6.6
1
Qais to Stoinis, 1 run

short and wide outside off, punched to sweeper cover

6.6
1w
Qais to Stoinis, 1 wide

short and down leg side, taken one-handed by the keeper

6.5
2
Qais to Stoinis, 2 runs

full on leg stump, clipped off the toe-end in front of long-on and they risk a second. Direct hit would have had him, but for now they clear the par score for the 7th over

6.4
1
Qais to Handscomb, 1 run

full on middle, leans in and nudges into the vacant midwicket region

6.3
2
Qais to Handscomb, 2 runs

dropped short outside off, pulled to deep midwicket's right

6.2
1
Qais to Stoinis, 1 run

full outside off, mistimed slog out to long-on's right

6.1
1
Qais to Handscomb, 1 run

short of a length on off, clipped to deep midwicket off the back foot

Peter: "If you knew the rain was coming, what is to stop you continuing to bowl no balls so the 5th over is never finished and there is a no result?" --- A clean conscience, I suppose. Here is Qais.

end of over 65 runs
MS: 42/2CRR: 7.00 RRR: 7.80
Peter Handscomb18 (17)
Marcus Stoinis17 (14)
Nathan Ellis 1-0-5-0
Qais Ahmad 1-0-10-0

Just about staying in front of the par score at the moment. A couple of boundaries will help them breathe easy.

5.6
1
Ellis to Handscomb, 1 run

bouncer at leg stump, hooked uppishly down to fine leg

Par score if they're three down at the end of this over is 41.

5.5
1
Ellis to Stoinis, 1 run

short at middle stump, pushed into the leg side with soft hands

5.4
1
Ellis to Handscomb, 1 run

just wide of mid-off. Legcutter, slower ball outside off. Looks to drive on the rise, gets a thick edge to the fielder's right

5.3
1
Ellis to Stoinis, 1 run

slower ball at a length on off stump. Allows that to come on and drops it into the off side with soft hands

5.2
1
Ellis to Handscomb, 1 run

full on off stump, driven to mid-off

Now Stoinis has a chat with Handscomb. Surely the message is not to get out...

5.1
Ellis to Handscomb, no run

short of a length just outside off, hurriedly punched to extra cover

end of over 510 runs
MS: 37/2CRR: 7.40 RRR: 7.33
Marcus Stoinis15 (12)
Peter Handscomb15 (13)
Qais Ahmad 1-0-10-0
Riley Meredith 2-0-17-0

Stars are three ahead of the par score of 34. And now they are in no hurry to take guard. Ellis with the ball. A wicket here would change things if we have rain around the corner...

4.6
Qais to Stoinis, no run

short and wide and fast outside off. Beaten on the cut

The captain and wicketkeeper, McDermott is trying to run down the clock as we approach the ball that gives us a guaranteed result, asking the umpires if it's time to go off. Crowd doesn't appreciate that...

4.5
1
Qais to Handscomb, 1 run

short of a length in the corridor, punched to sweeper cover

4.5
5w
Qais to Handscomb, 5 wide

fired down leg side. Attempted short ball, front of the hand and fired down leg. Wanted to follow the batsman, lost control entirely

4.4
1
Qais to Stoinis, 1 run

full on leg stump, clipped to deep midwicket

Best performances - batters
CP Jewell
CP Jewell HH
26 runs (28)
2 fours0 six
Control
67%
Productive shot
defended
7 runs
1 four0 six
05914016
MP Stoinis
MP Stoinis MS
25 runs (19)
3 fours0 six
Control
80%
Productive shot
cut shot
9 runs
2 fours0 six
000111751
Best performances - bowlers
JP Faulkner
JP Faulkner HH
O
2
M
0
R
10
W
2
ECO
5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
DW Steyn
DW Steyn MS
O
2
M
0
R
12
W
2
ECO
6
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Aurora Stadium, Launceston
TossMelbourne Stars, elected to field first
Series
Season2019/20
Player Of The Match
Stars
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Match days30 December 2019 - daynight (20-over match)
Umpires
Australia
Phillip Gillespie
Australia
Tony Wilds
TV Umpire
Australia
Paul Wilson
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Darren Close
Match Referee
Australia
David Talalla
PointsMelbourne Stars 2, Hobart Hurricanes 0
Stars Innings
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Big Bash League
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MS14104200.526
SS1494190.269
AS1485170.564
HH146713-0.355
ST146713-0.446
PS146812-0.023
BH146812-0.237
MR143116-0.348