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Stars beat the hurricanes and rain in Tassie

30 December 2019

The bad Tasmanian weather kept the mathematicians active as the game between the Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes was shortened on three occasions, before the rain eventually won and Team Green walked away with the points and a four-run win.

Coming off the back of a tight last ball defeat against the Adelaide Strikers on the Gold Coast, the Melbourne Stars were looking to bounce back in fast fashion against the Hobart Hurricanes in their fourth game of BBL09.

Skipper Glenn Maxwell won the bat flip and decided to have a bowl and the Stars were intense from the first ball, with Daniel Worrall steaming in and bowling north of 140kmh. He was rewarded for his efforts by getting the dangerous D'Arcy Short for a first over duck, giving the Melbourne Stars the perfect start to the game.

The Stars continued to pile on the pressure and in the fourth over Nathan Coulter-Nile got his first Melbourne Stars wicket with a back of a length ball that got Simon Milenko playing an awkward shot up in the air, to be caught by Pete Handscomb.

After the fifth over finished, the Tasmanian weather took a turn for the worst and a mixture of rain and lightning forced the players off the pitch with the Hurricanes 2/29 - and by the time they returned the game was shortened to 18 overs per team, with a five over powerplay.

The game continued for a couple of overs before the players had to leave the field for a second time.

The Stars premier bowler, Dale Steyn, took his first wicket of the game dismissing Ben McDermott for 17 runs and then he got the wicket of his fellow countryman David Miller with a rapid ball that was just too quick for the South African batter.

Due to the extended three rain delays in the Hurricanes innings, despite finishing their innings 5-69 runs D/L method meant that the Stars had to chase down 80 runs to win the game.

Marcus Stoinis and Nic Maddinson came out to bat and the Stars innings started badly with opener Maddinson being trapped in front by James Faulkner in the very first over, to then be followed back to the changerooms the very next ball by Nick Larkin who was also given LBW on his first ball.

Pete Handscomb came to the wicket and rebuilt the Stars innings with Stoinis, who despite taking a huge hit to the helmet battled on to hit the Stars to 55 runs before being caught out on the boundary for 25 runs off 19 balls.

The heavens decided to open again and with the Stars sitting on 55 runs off 7.3 overs, with the D/L score being worked out as 51 at that moment in the match the Stars were in front at the right time.

The Umpires inspected the pitch and weather conditions one final time before abandoning the match, handing the Stars a four run victory in Launceston.

Next up for the Stars is the Sydney Thunder on Thursday January 2nd at the Sydney Showgrounds from 3:40pm.