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Stars suffer loss to Scorchers

09 January 2019

The Melbourne Stars went down to the Perth Scorchers by 6 wickets at the MCG.

The Game at a Glance

The Scorchers won the toss and chose to send us into bat, sending Evan Gulbis to the crease in his new role as opener. The batsmen settled nicely, and the Stars were 0-45 after the powerplay. New captain Nic Maddinson’s innings was cut short after he was surprised by an Andrew Tye bouncer, and caught for 2 runs. Seb Gotch and Ben Dunk combined during the middle overs, and Dunk showed he meant business, scoring three fours in one over! He brought up his first half-century of BBL|08 off 42 balls, and sealed the milestone with a six! He top-scored with 62 runs off 47 balls before being caught by Ashton Agar.

The Stars set a target of 147 to win.

Michael Klinger and Cameron Bancroft looked settled at the crease for the Scorchers, adding 75 runs before Klinger skied a delivery and ended up caught and bowled by Liam Plunkett. Cameron Bancroft went on to score his half-century off 36 balls, before he was stumped by some lightning wicket-keeping from Seb Gotch! He top-scored for the Scorchers with 59 runs.

Dwayne Bravo struck late for the Stars and was on a hat-trick after snagging the wickets of Agar and Cartwright. But the Stars left their run just that little bit too late, and the Scorchers won the game with 15 balls remaining.

With the bat

Evan Gulbis took on a new role as opener with Ben Dunk, and the two Stars veterans settled nicely to see the Stars sitting on 0-45 after the powerplay with 4 boundaries between them, including a huge six from Gulbis! Evan added a handy 37 before he was dismissed by Usman Qadir. New skipper Nic Maddinson’s time at the crease was unfortunately short-lived, making just two runs before being caught by an Andrew Tye bouncer.

Seb Gotch and Ben Dunk held strong throughout the middle overs, with Ben Dunk firing during the 14th over and scoring three fours! He followed that by bringing up his half-century with a six! He went on to be our top-scorer with 62 runs off 47 deliveries.

Seb Gotch and Jonathan Merlo has good cameos, towards the end of the innings, and the Stars set the Scorchers a target of 147 to win.

With the Ball

The Scorchers settled well with veteran Michael Klinger combining with the newly returned Cameron Bancroft to add 75 runs to the scoreboard before Klinger was dismissed, caught and bowled by international signing Liam Plunkett. Cameron Bancroft scored his first half-century since his return to domestic cricket, scoring the 50 off 36 deliveries. He top-scored with 59 runs off 42 balls before he was caught short and stumped by the lightning reflexes of Seb Gotch.

Dwayne Bravo struck late in the game taking two consecutive wickets, but in the end, the Stars left the run too late and the Scorchers got home with 15 balls to spare.

Next Up

It’s a quick turnaround, as we face the Adelaide Strikers on Friday at Adelaide Oval.