The Melbourne Stars could well climb to the pointy end of the BBL|10 ladder by the end of the home and away season after a thumping 112-run win over the Adelaide Strikers.
With a crowd heading to the MCG to watch Melbourne’s green team for the first time this summer, it was a near perfect performance from the Stars on Friday night.
In the opening overs, Marcus Stoinis and Andre Fletcher struggled to get the run rate going, with the Australian all-rounder dismissed off a full toss by spinner Danny Briggs.
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Spiceman goes OFF with the bat
Stoinis believed the delivery was over waist-height, but the third umpire ruled the out decision would stand, sending Stoinis on his way for 13 off 26 balls.
Captain Glenn Maxwell came to the wicket at No.3 and got the Stars moving alongside Fletcher, with the Melbourne team reaching 100 before his dismissal in the 15th over.
Fletcher continued to push up the run rate and reached his half-century when the Stars took the power surge in the 16th over.
Hilton Cartwright strolled to the crease and hit back-to-back sixes, with the Stars attacking Wes Agar and Briggs hard in the final two overs to end on 2-179. Fletcher finished not out on 89.
Zampa takes three wickets in one over!
However, it was all one-way traffic in the second innings, with the Stars striking early to leave the Strikers at 2-18 after five overs.
Adam Zampa made an immediate impact with the ball and claimed three wickets in an over – despite appearing to jar his shoulder. Maxwell and Zahir Khan both chipped in with two wickets each.
Adelaide’s score of 68 was their lowest in history and the fourth-lowest in BBL history.
“The Strikers panicked tonight. He (Maxwell) bullied the top order of the Strikers,” Brad Haddin said on Fox Cricket.
Stoinis unhappy with TIGHT no-ball call
Melbourne Stars: Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (C), Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, Seb Gotch (WK), Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Haris Rauf, Zahir Khan. X-FACTORS: Sam Rainbird and Ed Newman
Adelaide Strikers: Alex Carey (C/WK), Phil Salt, Matthew Renshaw, Jono Wells, Jake Weatherald, Ryan Gibson, Cam Valente, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Liam O‘Connor. X-FACTORS: Harry Conway and Harry Nielsen
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