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KFC BBL|11

11 January 2022

THE RESULT

Glenn Maxwell returned from his mandatory isolation period as the Stars were seeking back-to-back wins. Batting first the Scorchers piled on the runs and ended with 3/196 proving too many for the Stars.

Haris Rauf stepped up and took an early wicket, however it was his celebration that will be remembered as “cleanest” moment.

Scorchers pair Laurie Evans (69 off 46) and debutant Nick Hobson (46 off 36) steadied the ship, before some power hitting from captain Ashton Turner (47* off 26) lead the Scorchers to a total 3/196.

Rauf was the pick of the Stars bowlers with figures of 2/38, whilst Adam Zampa was the man to break the Evans-Hobson 83-run partnership.

A new look opening pair of Nick Larkin and Beau Webster came out in pursuit of the Scorchers lofty total, but Larkin succumbed to a peach of a delivery from Scorchers’ bowler Matt Kelly (4/25) in the first over.

Beau Webster took his opportunity to open the batting however, top scoring with 63 runs from 47 balls – his first 50 as a Star.

His partnership with Joe Burns (20 off 17) was the strongest for the Stars, with the pair putting on 58 runs together.

The Stars ultimately fell by 47 runs, finishing with a total of 9/149.


THE PLAYER

The backbone of Stars batsmen today, Beau Webster looked solid at the crease, making 63 off 47 runs to secure his first fifty for the Stars.

Webster took his time early on in his innings, but made up for it later, crunching two sixes and seven fours, leading the resistance for the men in green.


THE MOMENT

International bowler Haris Rauf continued his fine form taking Kurtis Patterson out of the action early.

As good as the wicket was, it was Rauf’s celebration that stole the show, giving Stars fans something to laugh about.

A very fitting celebration of using hand sanitiser and putting on his mask provided a humorous response to a wonderful wicket.

The Stars take on their cross-town rivals, the Renegades on Thursday night (7:35pm) at Marvel Stadium.