Well it was a tight finish to our Big Final rematch against the Thunder, coming right down to the last ball. Unable to stop the Thunder from whacking a six off their last ball, we walked away with our second loss for the season.
Sydney Thunder 4-168 def. Melbourne Stars 8-166 by 6 wickets.
Sent into bat first, Wrighty and Maxi took to the middle as our opening pair. Maxi started with a bang, getting off the mark with a boundary on his second ball and keeping Wrighty off strike until the third over (no really, this actually happened).
Wrighty started in similar fashion, hitting a boundary off his first ball and working with Maxi to keep the run rate high. But our brilliant start was cut short when Maxi was caught trying to slog one and ended his knock with 34 off 22 balls in the fifth over.
Wrighty was the next to go, caught and bowled for 25 in the seventh over just when he was really starting to get going, and with the Hussler soon following in the ninth for just 15, we needed the boys to dig in to keep our total competitive.
Although it was a slow start to his innings, KP ended with 60 off just 37 balls and really stabilised our batting innings. We should have known this Star was going to get it done and put #TeamGreen right back in it!
Chasing 167 for the win, the Thunder got off to a good start before Bolo got the breakthrough wicket of Patterson in the 5th over. Hilfy was next and snagged Blizzard off a ripper of a ball that sent a stump flying before then nabbing Thunder Skipper Watson in the same over!
With Zamps putting on an absolute bowling masterclass with just 13 runs off three overs, he was finally rewarded with the crucial wicket of Ben Rohrer in his fourth over when he clean bowled him for 20 off 18 balls.
With the Thunder’s Eoin Morgan having made a half-century, our opponents only needed 16 off the last over. Proving a manageable total, the Thunder took home the win with Morgan smashing a six off the final ball.
Sammy Harper what a catch! Pretty much flying through the air like Superman on a balmy evening, Harps took a one-handed catch to help snag Thunder Skipper Shane Watson for just three. Clipping Maxi on the chin on the way down, Harps got down low and caught the ball JUST before it hit the ground to secure our third wicket of the match.
What a show! In a tough night for the Stars, KP made his first half-century of BBL|06 tonight and helped steer our boys to a total of 166. Making 60 off just 37 balls, KP hit seven fours and two sixes and made sure we were well entertained back here in Melbourne. Really needing the boys to get out total back on track, KP made a measured start before letting loose and stabilising our run rate and making sure we finished the innings with a competitive score.
The Next Game
There’s no break in the action Stars fans – our boys take on the Renegades on Saturday! In the second Derby of the season, we face the Renegades at Etihad Stadium at 7.10pm.