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Stars Continue Their Blistering Form With Derby Win

04 January 2020

In front of a packed house at the MCG, the Melbourne Stars cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over their cross-town rivals, the Renegades, and two points clear at the top of the BBL09 ladder.

The skipper, Glenn Maxwell, won the bat flip and took to the field to unleash his powerful bowling attack on the 'Gades batters. In just the second over, his decision was rewarded, when Nathan Coulter-Nile got the wicket of the dangerous Sam Harper for just 12 runs.

The Renegades then rebuilt slightly, with captain Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh taking their time at the crease to get in and put some important runs on the board.

The Stars were controlling the run rate though, building the pressure, and the big wicket of Finch came in the eighth over of the game, off the bowling of Adam Zampa who knocked off the bails of the Renegades skipper.

Marsh then started to take the initiative and rushed to 43 runs, but an unbelievable piece of fielding on the boundary rope got him out. Ben Dunk caught the ball cleanly but was travelling too fast to stop himself from falling over the boundary rope with the ball in hand, so threw it up to his teammate Nathan Coulter-Nile, who clutched on to send Marsh back to the shed.


That was the beginning of the end for the Renegades, who collapsed, losing wicket after wicket as the bowling of Dale Steyn, Adam Zampa and Sandeep Lamichhane proved to be too good.

They eventually fell to a score of 9-142 at the innings break, which was a below-par on what looked like a great batting wicket at the MCG.

The Stars took no time in getting the scoreboard ticking over with Marcus Stoinis and Nic Maddinson hitting some big shots early on, to the pleasure of the Melbourne crowd.

Team Green rushed past 50 runs in just five overs of the game for the fall of no wicket and looked in complete control.

The wickets of Maddinson and Ben Dunk fell in the middle overs of the game, but the captain Glenn Maxwell came to the crease and finished off the innings with the BBL09 leading run-scorer Stoinis, who ended 68 unbeaten to continue his blistering form.

The Melbourne Stars retain their top spot on the ladder the BBL09 ladder and look in good shape after the opening six games, winning five and losing just one.

Next up is the Sydney Thunder on Wednesday evening at the MCG, 7.10 PM start.

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