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A Night Full Of Magic Moments at the MCG

08 January 2020

It was a night to remember at the MCG as the Melbourne Stars beat the Sydney Thunder by six wickets, with records broken and a Haris Rauf hat-trick.

In the first innings, Haris Rauf made the MCG crowd roar with a first-ever BBL Melbourne Stars hat-trick, and in the second innings, Glenn Maxwell surpassed Luke Wright's 1479 runs to become the Stars all-time leading run-scorer.

A picturesque evening greeted the two teams at the MCG, with the Melbourne Stars sitting top of the table going into the clash - with a record of five wins and one loss from the opening six games.

Glenn Maxwell and Callum Ferguson were greeted in the middle for the bat flip by youngster James Thornton, who was the Stars special guest for the day.

Maxwell won the bat flip and elected to bowl on a wicket that looked dry and fast according to both captains. Haris Rauf and Hilton Cartwright returned to the line up for Team Green.

Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales opened with a floury, putting 56 on the scoreboard before the first breakthrough when Nathan Coulter-Nile came into the attack and dismissed Khawaja for 33.

Alex Hales quickly followed his opening counterpart back to the sheds when he was caught by Coulter-Nile off the bowling of Adam Zampa.

Ferguson and Gilkes set themselves on getting the Thunder innings to a competitive total and that’s exactly what they did putting on an 83 run stand.

However, things rapidly changed when Haris Rauf took the ball in the final over the innings and dismissed Gilkes, Ferguson and Sams consecutively to hand himself an MCG hat-trick, the crowd erupted and Rauf went on a superman sprint celebration, last seen when Shaun Warne took his 700th!

The Sydney Thunder finished their 20 overs on 5-145.

Marcus Stoinis and Nic Maddinson set about hitting the boundaries early but some quality bowling from Daniel Sams and Chris Morris restricted the opening pair to 16 runs off the first three overs.

Maddinson departed after trying his luck too far on a second run, being run out for 13 off the arm of Morris. Coulter-Nile and Larkin came to the crease following consecutive wickets and departed soon after.

Captain Maxwell joined Stoinis at the crease and set about chasing the target down avoiding any unnecessary risk.

Maxwell became the new all-time leading run-scorer for the Melbourne Stars early in his innings passing Luke Wright’s 1479 mark. 


Stoinis passed 50 for the third consecutive time and fourth time for the tournament and once again was proving the catalyst to the Stars innings.

Stoinis went out straight after raising the bat, but the skipper Maxwell set about finishing the game early with an array of unbelievable shots to take him past his fifty and the Stars to a sixth win of the season.

The Melbourne Stars take on the Renegades in the second Melbourne Derby of the season at Marvel Stadium on Friday night, 7.10 PM start.

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