After winning the bat flip and electing to bowl, the Stars impressed in the field, led by Sam Rainbird (2/25) and Clint Hinchliffe (2/21).
Brody Couch continued his excellent BBL|11 form with an economy rate of 6.25 from his 4 overs.
Chasing 156 for victory, the batting innings saw Glenn Maxwell, Joe Clarke and Marcus Stoinis fall early, whilst Hilton Cartwright managed 49 through the middle order.
Today’s innings brings Cartwright’s BBL|11 tally to 344 runs.
Despite Cartwright’s efforts, the Stars fell 24 runs short of the target.
David Hussey’s men needed a someone to stand up with the bad once Maxwell, Clarke and Stoinis departed, and it was the consistent Hilton Cartwright who remained a rock for the Stars, hitting 49 off 35 balls.
With two fours and three mammoth sixes, the 73-run partnership with Queenslander Joe Burns kept the Stars’ hopes alive. Making the most of the Power Surge, the 17th over saw the right-handed batter dominate with 22 runs, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to get the Stars over the line.
As the Strikers were gaining momentum, it was the breakthrough wicket the Stars were searching for in the first innings.
Following Sam Rainbird’s wicket in the third over and Clint Hinchliffe’s first wicket in the 6th, it was the dual effort from English wicketkeeper Joe Clarke and Hinchy in the 9th that shifted the momentum for the Strikers.
In a perfectly timed stumping, Joe Clarke continued his fine form with the gloves helping keep the Strikers to 3/69.
The Melbourne Stars take on the Brisbane Heat tomorrow night at 7:15pm at the MCG.