In a match where most found batting tough, a blistering 70-run innings from Glenn Maxwell featuring six fours and five sixes put the Stars in a winning position until the Hurricanes got on top.
After Maxwell departed the wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for the Stars, who were a batsman down following Nic Maddinson’s injury in the opening over of the day.
The Hurricanes set the Stars 165 for victory led by number-one ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan, who hit 75 from 56 balls, while Nathan Ellis was crucial at the death with two wickets.
Former Stars Scott Boland (3/22) and Sandeep Lamichhane (2/38) were other strong performers for the Hurricanes.
The Stars managed to secure a Bash Boost point off the back of Maxwell's heroics with the bat, highlighted by a monster switch-hit six over backward point from Maxwell.
Earlier, the Stars skipper took the key wicket of D’Arcy Short in the second over and also took two outfield catches.
Maxwell has claimed Short’s wicket several times across his career and told Fox Cricket on the player mic that bowling spin at the Hurricanes opener was the plan early on.
The Stars managed to keep the Hurricanes in check with the ball despite claiming just one wicket inside the first 12 overs.
The Power Surge had the opposite effect for the Hurricanes, with the Stars conceded a miserly five runs and claiming two wickets in the space of two overs.
Speedster Billy Stanlake continued his strong form, striking with the first two deliveries of the 14th over after a tight over of yorkers from youngster Liam Hatcher.
An impressive diving catch from Cartwright bolting in from the rope saw Stanlake finish with exceptional figures of 3/25.
The Stars conceded just 24 runs from the final three overs of their bowling innings – a tidy effort considering the Hurricanes had seven wickets in hand.
Making his Stars debut, Sam Rainbird opened the bowling up against his former side – his first BBL game in 724 days – and claimed the vital wicket of Malan late in the innings.
Maddinson suffered a sprained ankle after landing awkwardly on the boundary rope, eventually subbed out of the match for X-Factor Lance Morris.
The Stars will have the chance for redemption in two days time against the Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena.