The Game at a Glance
The Stars played their first home game at Metricon Stadium in the Gold Coast! The Thunder won the toss and chose to bat, and openers Jos Buttler and Shane Watson looked in fine touch early. But the wickets fell quickly for the Thunder, with Scott Boland removing Jos Buttler and Callum Ferguson in two consecutive balls. Shane Watson fell soon after, caught in the deep by Ben Dunk to see the Thunder suddenly 3-49. Liam Plunkett nabbed the wicket of Jason Sangha for his BBL career wicket, and Stoinis followed suit the very next over and sent Joe Root back to the dug out for 26 runs.
Marcus Stoinis started where he left off smashing three fours in an over before he was dismissed for 34 off 22.
Nick Larkin and Glenn Maxwell combined for a 80 run partnership both finishing unbeaten on 41. The pair led the the Stars to a comfortable eight wicket win.
With the Ball
Stars Scott Boland led the charge for the Stars and struck in the 4th over, removing Jos Buttler for just 18 runs. He followed that effort with the wicket of Callum Ferguson for a golden duck the very next ball! This was the second match in a row where Boland has been on a hat-trick. Boland was unlucky not to get his first hat-trick in BBL cricket, as Joe Root edged a brilliant slower leg-cutter, but just fell short of keeper Seb Gotch.
The Stars dominated the power play, restricting the Thunder to 2-44, their worst powerplay score for BBL|08. The Thunder captain, Shane Watson, fell shortly after for 14 runs after being caught in the deep by Ben Dunk, giving Adam Zampa his first wicket of the day.
Englishman Liam Plunkett began his BBL career well, with only 4 runs scored off his first over and nabbing his first-ever wicket in the BBL in his second! He nabbed the wicket of the in-form Jason Sangha for just 10 runs. Marcus Stoinis joined the party the very next over, sending Joe Root back to the dug-out and cementing the legendary combination of Stoinis and Maxwell, who took another fantastic catch in the deep.
Some late hitting from Daniel Sams saw the Thunder reach 8-135 after their 20 overs.
With the bat
Marcus Stoinis got the Stars off to a good start, scoring 34 off 22. Nick Larkin and Glenn Maxwell combined for a 80 run partnership both finishing unbeaten on 41. Maxwell's knock included two sixes and one four while Larkin's knock included one six and one four.
The pair led the the Stars to a comfortable eight wicket win.
The Stars will next face the Perth Scorchers at the MCG on Wednesday, January 9.