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Stars fall short to Heat in rainy T10

08 January 2021

The Melbourne Stars fell short by 19 runs in their return fixture against the Brisbane Heat at Metricon Stadium in an exhilarating T10 match affected by persistent rain on the Gold Coast.

The Stars started strongly with a 15-run opening over in pursuit of the formidable target of 129 but were unable to maintain the rage as the Heat restricted their scoring.

While a blistering cameo from Nick Larkin (35 from 16 balls) at the death kept the game alive, striking 23-runs off the penultimate over, the Stars were unable to replicate it as they scored four of the 23 runs required from the last six balls.



Chris Lynn’s powerful knock of 48 from 23 deliveries put the Stars on the back-foot early as he and Max Bryant scored a quick-fire 68-run opening stand.

Spinner Adam Zampa provided some relief with a miserly 2/7, taking the wickets of Bryan and Joe Denly in consecutive balls, but Lynn and then Joe Burns piled on the runs which saw the Heat reach a total of 3/115 from 10 overs.

This increased to 128 Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method due to the shortened playing conditions while the Heat were batting - the match changing from 17-overs per side to 14 and then finally a T10 with each rain delay.

These revised conditions came back to bite the Stars after the final rain delay in the ninth over, informed that they must have five players bowl two overs each - at that stage, all of their main bowlers had been bowled out.

It meant part-time seamer Hilton Cartwright was thrust in to bowl the high-stakes last over of the innings, which the Heat scored 22-runs off.

Opener Marcus Stoinis continued his strong form with the bat, pummelling 34 from 20 balls and took a sharp juggling catch in the field to dismiss Bryant. 

 



LARKO KEEPS IT ALIVE

All seemed lost when Larkin trudged out to the crease at 4/63 with the Stars requiring another 63 from just 20 deliveries.

The middle order striker hit four boundaries and two sixes to take the game into the final over, scoring 23-runs off the second last over from Englishman Lewis Gregory.

One of those sixes was initially adjudged as a wicket, with the third umpire overturning the decision after deeming that Bryant had stepped over the boundary rope before throwing the ball back to James Bazley.

Before he departed, Hilton Cartwright whacked a monster straight six that smashed into a steel beam down the ground.

RAUF RETURN, POORAN FAREWELL

The Stars welcomed back Pakistani speedster Haris Rauf as they farewelled outgoing batsman Nicholas Pooran.

Pooran finished his BBL campaign how he began: clubbing massive sixes at Metricon Stadium.

It was a short but sweet innings from the West Indian, hitting two huge sixes and a boundary in his first three deliveries at the crease before being dismissed for 16 from five.

The result was mixed for Rauf who felt the wrath of Lynn early but recorded a fiery speed of 151 km/h on the speed gun and came back well in his second over.



 

ZAMPA'S DOUBLE BREAKTHROUGH

Heat openers Chris Lynn and Max Bryant got off to a fast start hitting 48 runs from the first four overs and looked to have control over the Stars bowling attack.

Enter Zampa.

The crafty leg-spinner prized the key wickets Bryant and English import Joe Denly in consecutive deliveries while conceding just seven runs in two overs.

The Love Café’ combined for the first wicket with Marcus Stoinis hanging onto a fantastic juggling catch at cover that was smoked by Bryant.

Zampa’s wrong-un then trapped Denly leg before wicket, but was unable to join Haris Rauf in the fabled Stars hat-trick club as former Test opener Joe Burns defended the next ball down the wicket.


 

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY

The rain that hit Gold Coast throughout the day threatened to postpone the game altogether but fortunately the match was able to continue amid three interruptions.

First it became a 17-over per side game – two extra balls per innings than ‘The Hundred’ - but another shower truncated the match to 14 overs each.

Those match conditions lasted for just three deliveries – two of those being sixes from Lynn – as rain forced players from the ground yet again.

The final revision saw the T20 format halved to a T10 clash which set up a match where every ball counted.