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27th Match (D/N), Hobart, Jan 4 2021, Big Bash League
(20 ov, target 184)173/6
Stars won by 10 runs
player of the match
Marcus Stoinis
Melbourne Stars
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• Saurabh Somani

Marcus Stoinis' near-century, gravity-defying Andre Fletcher script Melbourne Stars victory

Ben McDdermott's outstanding 58-ball 91 goes in vain as Hobart Hurricanes lose by ten runs

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Scorer: Venkat Raghav
Commentator: @PeterDellaPenna
Scorecard summary
Melbourne Stars183/6(20 overs)
Hobart Hurricanes173/6(20 overs)
end of over 2010 runs • 1 wicket
HH: 173/6CRR: 8.65 
Nathan Ellis2 (2)
Johan Botha1 (1)
Billy Stanlake4-0-41-1
Liam Hatcher4-0-45-1

7.30 pm So McDermott's valiant knock is undone by a brilliant piece of fielding from Andre Fletcher, his second superb boundary catch in this chase to swing momentum the Stars way and they hold on in the end. A lot of people have been calling for Fletcher to be dropped due to his woeful form with the bat but he contributed in a massive way to the victory with his fielding. Stoinis' 97 ends up being a match-winning knock. He made a crucial decision in the final over of the first innings to turn down a single second ball and he followed it with a hat-trick of fours. McDermott may show 91 next to his name on the scorecard but his incredibly slow start comes back to bite the Hurricanes in the end, just 27 off his first 29 balls before a surge that came too late for the home side to pull out a win.

Anyway, that's all from this match. Feel free to flip on over to the second game in the BBL doubleheader which is already well underway. Take care!

19.6
1
Stanlake to Ellis, 1 run

full and wide, sliced behind point for one to end the match.

Stars are finally going to break the losing streak.

19.5
1
Stanlake to Botha, 1 run

full and wide, shuffles across and flicks this along the ground to deep midwicket.

Botha the new man in asked to clear the ropes twice.

Two sixes needed to send this to a Super Over.

19.4
1lb
Stanlake to Handscomb, 1 leg bye, OUT

full on fifth stump, Handscomb walks way across his stumps to try to shovel this over fine leg and misses, it caroms off the pads behind square leg and they come back for a suicide second to try to keep the match alive but Zampa races from short fine leg and relays sharply to the keeper to deny the second.

Peter Handscomb run out (Zampa/†Gotch) 21 (9b 1x4 2x6) SR: 233.33
19.3
Stanlake to Handscomb, no run

wide yorker pitches this time, slices a drive straight to backward point.

19.2
6
Stanlake to Handscomb, SIX runs

tries for the slower wide yorker, misfires horribly and it's a knee high full toss on fourth stump, Handscomb shuffled way outside off and heaves this high and deep 20 rows into the stands over square leg.

19.1
1
Stanlake to Ellis, 1 run

full and wide, driven through the ring for one.

end of over 1910 runs • 1 wicket
HH: 163/5CRR: 8.57 RRR: 21.00 • Need 21 from 6b
Peter Handscomb15 (6)
Liam Hatcher4-0-45-1
Sam Rainbird4-0-22-2
18.6
W
Hatcher to McDermott, OUT

The Spiceman is winning this match in the field! Thigh high full toss wide outside off, flays this flat over extra cover, Fletcher races 10 yards left and flings his body more like Superman to intercept this with another sterling catch. Would've been six had he not been in the way. Two match-winning catches in the last several overs by the man from Grenada. 10 out of 10 from all the Olympic judges.

Ben McDermott c Fletcher b Hatcher 91 (58b 8x4 5x6) SR: 156.89
18.5
1
Hatcher to Handscomb, 1 run

knee high full toss on the legs, flicks this fiercely but straight to deep square leg on the rope. Five yards either side and it's a boundary.

18.4
2
Hatcher to Handscomb, 2 runs

yorker speared into the legs, digs it out with soft hands through midwicket and they scamper a pair.

18.3
6
Hatcher to Handscomb, SIX runs

full and wide outside off, misfires an attempted yorker and this is driven high and deep over wide long-off, imperious blow.

18.2
1
Hatcher to McDermott, 1 run

low full toss at ankle height on sixth stump, slaps this past point on the ring but relayed in sharply by the sweeper to deny a second.

18.1
Hatcher to McDermott, no run

wide yorker, McDermott walked a long way across to try to drive this and beaten, no wide called.

Hatcher to bowl the 19th. McDermott on strike on 90. He started 27 off 29 balls but has struck 63 off his next 26.

end of over 189 runs • 1 wicket
HH: 153/4CRR: 8.50 RRR: 15.50 • Need 31 from 12b
Peter Handscomb6 (3)
Ben McDermott90 (55)
Sam Rainbird4-0-22-2
Billy Stanlake3-0-32-1
17.6
4
Rainbird to Handscomb, FOUR runs

slower ball lands full and wide, Handscomb reads it well out of the hand and clocks this clean over midwicket, splits the two boundary riders to get to the rope.

17.5
2
Rainbird to Handscomb, 2 runs

full and wide outside off, slaps this through the covers for a sharply run pair.

17.4
Rainbird to Handscomb, no run

slower ball lands full and wide outside off, can't flick this away.

17.3
W
Rainbird to David, OUT

knee high full toss on sixth stump, David tries to drag this over midwicket instead of going with the angle through the off side and drags this onto his stumps. Not Rainbird's best ball but good enough to take a wicket.

Tim David b Rainbird 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
17.3
1w
Rainbird to David, 1 wide

slower ball lands on a good length but spins wide outside off, too wide, outside the guidelines. Bonus ball.

17.2
Rainbird to David, no run

dropped! In the slot on fifth stump, hammers it back to the bowler at knee height. It was catchable and got two hands around it but it pops out.

17.1
2
Rainbird to David, 2 runs

slower ball lands full and wide, shovels a drive in the air over cover, splits the gap between long-off and cover sweeper for a pair.

end of over 1718 runs • 1 wicket
HH: 144/3CRR: 8.47 RRR: 13.33 • Need 40 from 18b
Ben McDermott90 (55)
Tim David0 (0)
Billy Stanlake3-0-32-1
Liam Hatcher3-0-35-0

35 runs come from the two overs. Now a more manageable 40 off 18 required. Still difficult but not as daunting as 75 off 30.

16.6
4
Stanlake to McDermott, FOUR runs

full on sixth stump, doesn't land the yorker properly and shovels this over mid-on for a boundary to end the Power Surge.

Best performances - batsmen
Marcus Stoinis portrait
MP Stoinis
97 runs (55)
7 fours
7 sixes
Control87%
Productive shot
pull
26 runs
1 four
3 sixes
2012141491630
Ben McDermott
BR McDermott
91 runs (58)
8 fours
5 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
cover drive
25 runs
1 four
1 six
93172811521
Best performances - bowlers
Nathan Ellis player portrait
NT Ellis
O
4
M
0
R
31
W
3
ECO
7.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
SL Rainbird
O
4
M
0
R
22
W
2
ECO
5.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
TossHobart Hurricanes, elected to field first
SeriesBig Bash League
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis
Match days04 January 2021 - daynight(20-over match)
Umpires
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Gerard Abood
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Nathan Johnstone
TV Umpire
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Jeremiah Matibiri
Match Referee
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David Johnston
PointsMelbourne Stars 4, Hobart Hurricanes 0