As the rain poured down in Melbourne, the city supporters flooded to Marvel Stadium to watch the Stars take on the Renegades under the roof, in the second derby match of the season.
There were a couple of changes to the Stars starting 11, with Adam Zampa and Pete Handscomb being called up to the Australian national team for their tour of India, and Nic Maddinson out injured, Seb Gotch came into the side as the wicketkeeper, alongside Clint Hinchliffe, Ben Dunk and debutant bowler Lance Morris.
The game started largely uneventful, with the biggest talking point being Lance Morris breaking the bat of Shaun Marsh in his first-ever Stars over.
Glenn Maxwell was rotating the bowling attack, opening with himself and using Clint Hinchliffe, Morris and Haris Rauf all within the powerplay but to little avail, as the opening Melbourne Renegades batters settled into their innings.
Marcus Harris was looking good, with Marsh supporting him well, and the Stars needed a breakthrough, and they got one thanks to some great fielding from Hilton Cartwright. He picked up the ball and took aim at the stumps to run Harris out.
The Stars then managed to pull the Renegades back in and thanks to a strong last seven overs of the game, where Coulter-Nile got two back-to-back wickets with his last two balls of his spell, and other bowlers chipped in, the Renegades ended 7-168.
The run chase started in the worst possible fashion for Team Green, with the league’s golden hat-wearing batsmen Marcus Stoinis going for a duck in the first over of the chase, playing an unusual shot down the ground and being caught out at mid-off.
Ben Dunk and Hilton Cartwright tried getting the Stars back on the front foot and despite a tidy knock by the latter, the Stars found themselves three down and in a bit of trouble.
But then, that man again, Glenn Maxwell stepped up and produced a batting masterclass that had the Stars Family in the crowd screaming off their chairs.
He hit six, after six, after six, each one sounding better and better off his bat to pull the Stars back into a winning position. Up the other end, Nick Larkin was tracking along nicely too and wasn’t short of a boundary or two to support his captain.
Come the end, what looked like a tight game throughout, ended in the click of a finger with Maxwell hitting a massive shot over the square leg boundary and into the crowd to get the Stars a six-wicket win.
Team Green remain top of the table, having won seven games from eight and two points clear of the Sixers. The two top teams meet each other in a massive game at the MCG on Sunday evening, at 7.10 pm start.