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Strikers take the points over Stars

11 January 2021

The Melbourne Stars have fallen short against the Adelaide Strikers on their home deck, losing out by five wickets.

Batsman Nic Maddinson’s heroics late in the piece in his return from an ankle injury – clubbing consecutive sixes off the final two deliveries - helped the Stars to a total of 149 but it wasn’t enough as the Strikers chased down the target with an over to spare,

The Strikers' middle order in Jonathan Wells and Ryan Gibson accelerated at the death, combining for 37 runs from 24 balls to get themselves out of trouble and into a winning position. 

Earlier, Adam Zampa and skipper Glenn Maxwell put the Strikers in a spin, recording 2/20 and 1/19 respectively, giving the Stars the upper hand at the midpoint of the second innings as they notched the Bash Boost point.


Power-hitter Marcus Stoinis continued his stellar form with a score of 48 as he lifted the scoring rate early in the innings, becoming the first Star to reach 2000 career runs for Team Green in the process.

For the Strikers, it was former Star Dan Worrall (2/28) who applied the pressure early, bowling nine dots in a row to start, along with paceman Wes Agar who finished with 2/19.

Afghani star Rashid Khan also claimed two wickets for the home side in his final game of the tournament.

SPIN DOES THE TRICK

While pace did most of the damage in the first innings, it was spin duo Zampa and Maxwell who helped turn the tide for the Stars.

The pair both bowled tight overs in the powerplay before they snared 2/5 in two overs to secure the Bash Boost point when the Strikers looked settled.

A miscued drive down the ground saw Maxwell claim the dangerous Phil Salt for 31, with Zampa then dismissing Australian teammate Alex Carey – thanks to a sharp catch from Maddinson - as he searched for runs in pursuit of the bonus point.

Zampa’s tight bowling later in the innings forced a false shot from Jake Weatherald, with Maddinson and the leg-spinner again combining.

The 28-year-old was the pick of the bowlers while Maxwell was tidy himself in some important overs.


Stoinis ups the ante

The Stars were bogged down early by some tight Strikers bowling, restricted to 26 runs from their first six overs.

Nick Larkin, elevated to number three, hit Rashid Khan for two boundaries down the ground before Stoinis began to launch.

The in-form opener crunched three sixes, including two in a row off English spinner Danny Briggs, helping the Stars to 67 at the halfway mark of their innings.

A boundary saw him become the first Stars player to score 2000 career runs for the club.

He was gifted a life after being dropped on the fine leg boundary but fell to his very next ball, making 47 off 31 deliveries.

The knock took his BBL|10 tally to 277 runs – ranked second overall.

 


Maddo steers the ship

David Hussey’s men needed someone to stand up with the bat once Stoinis departed and it was the returning Maddinson who rose to the challenge.

The left-hander manoeuvred the ball around with keeper Seb Gotch for the first half of his innings until he got his eye in, hitting sixes off the last two balls of the innings to power the Stars to a solid total. 

Maddinson overtook the score of Stoinis with those successive strikes, finishing with 48 from 34 – his highest score in Stars colours.