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Clarke spark puts Stars back on winners list

10 January 2022

The Melbourne Stars are back on the winners list after defeating the Adelaide Strikers by five wickets at the MCG.

THE RESULT

Bolstered by the return of several key players, the Melbourne Stars secured victory with five balls to spare.

With Glenn Maxwell in isolation, leg spinner Adam Zampa took over the captaincy reigns as the Stars looked to reignite their season.

Zampa won the toss and sent the Strikers in to bat, and the stars aligned early for the men in Green.


Some fantastic bowling at the start of the innings by the Stars had the Strikers reeling at 3/34, with Jonathon Wells showing the most resistance for Adelaide, scoring 68 runs off 56 balls.

The Stars did not allow the Strikers to build any large partnerships, with the entire bowling brigade playing their role.

Captaincy seemed to suit Zampa (2/24 from four overs), whilst spin twin Qais Ahmad’s (2/21 from four overs) variations were a challenge for the Strikers batters all evening.

Set a target of 140 for victory, the Stars lost a few wickets early but ultimately, the brilliance of Joe Clarke (83 off 58) was enough to get the Stars over the line, their fourth win of BBL|11.

THE PLAYER

Losing early wickets did not deter Englishman Joe Clarke from continuing his fine form in BBL|11.

Clarke spent the past week in isolation after contracting COVID-19 but it appeared as though he did not miss a beat, blasting his way to a match-winning score of 83 runs off 58 balls.



Clarke is just the second player in the Big Bash League’s history to score four consecutive half centuries. He has now scored 286 runs across BBL|11 and has become a major headache for bowling attacks right across the country.

THE MOMENT

Qais Ahmad has made a name for himself with the ball, but he also is a handy late order batter.

Sporting a new-look, Ahmad crunched a six in the final over of the match to tie the scores.


A wide the next ball ultimately secured victory, but only after Qais smoked that boundary over the rope for a maximum.

The Stars are back in action tomorrow at 2.10pm against the Perth Scorchers at GMHBA Stadium.