Marcus Stoinis unbeaten 97 runs and A dramatic catch from Fletcher dismissed Ben McDermott (90) the chance to reach his century and helped the Melbourne Stars to a 10-run with over the Hobart Hurricanes.

The Stars batted first and lost their top order led falling apart, with Stoinis the exception to the rule. He comprising seven fours and as many sixes on the way to his 97 off 55 balls and secured two valuable partnerships with a 60 combination with Nicholas Pooran and one for 56 with Hilton Cartwright. It left the Hurricanes facing a target of 184, but they started sluggishly.

The Stars batsmen struggled to get going in the first 10 overs after being asked to bat first before Stoinis and Co. wreaked havoc in the second half of the innings and propelled his team to an above-par total of 183/6. Having scored 63 in the first 10 overs, Melbourne smashed 120 in the second half of the innings.

In reply, the Hurricanes couldn’t even score 63 in the first 10 overs and handed the Bash Boost point to Melbourne. That’s when McDermott started smashing boundaries for fun and kept his team alive till the very last over, only to fall 10 runs short.

McDermott powered 91 runs(livesportcentre.com)
McDermott powered 91 runs(Twitter/Hobart Hurricanes BBL)

While chasing the target of 184 runs Hobart Hurricanes, D’Arcy Short was caught for 8, but slowly McDermott and Dawid Malan began to build a strong partnership. The Hurricanes couldn’t even score 63 in the first 10 overs and handed the Bash Boost point to Melbourne. When Malan fell on 26 to an LBW, however, McDermott powered on. That’s when McDermott started smashing boundaries for fun and kept his team alive till the very last over. On 90 and with 7 balls left McDermott fired the ball towards the boundary, but there to catch it was Fletcher.

From there Peter Handscomb did his best to keep his side in contention, but it was too little too late as he was run out and unable to prevent the Stars from sealing the win.

The Stars have broken the season of three straight losses and keep themselves in the hunt for a place in the playoffs. To be fair, the Hurricanes did themselves no favours after a slow start in the chase of 184.

The score: Melbourne Stars 6-183 (Stoinis 97no, Ellis 3-31; Meredith 2-25) defeated Hobart Hurricanes 6-173 (McDermott 91; Rainbird 2-22) by 10 runs.

Hurricanes XI: D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott (wk), Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram, Tim David, Johan Botha, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane

X-Factor subs: Mac Wright, Nick Winter

Stars XI: Marcus Stoinis, Andre Fletcher, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nicholas Pooran, Hilton Cartwright, Seb Gotch (wk), Adam Zampa, Liam Hatcher, Sam Rainbird, Billy Stanlake

X-Factor subs: Ben Dunk, Lance Morris

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