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Twin Towers Defeat The Heat

16 January 2022

The Melbourne Stars have won their seventh game of BBL|11, defeating the Brisbane Heat by eight wickets at the MCG.

THE RESULT

After losing the toss and being sent to field, the Stars and Heat were at a stalemate early, as the Stars were unable to strike but the Heat were unable to score freely either.

Stars captain Glenn Maxwell (2/19) got the breakthrough however, forcing Chris Lynn (28 off 22) into a false stroke during the seventh over.

Just an over later, Ahmad Daniyal (1/30) struck, taking the wicket of Nathan McSweeney (20 off 20).

Nathan Coulter-Nile’s return from a hamstring injury was solid, taking 1/32 and bowling with pace and bounce.

He and Maxwell combined beautifully to remove Sam Heazlett, with Maxwell taking one of the catches of the summer.

Adam Zampa removed the powerful Ben Duckett, an incredibly important wicket for the Stars, as the Englishman was looking the most dangerous of all the Heat batters.

Zampa proved a handful for the Heat all night, bowling with great control and courage.

It’s not often a leg spinner will bowl the second over of the innings and the final over, but Zampa was more than prepared to take on the tricky task.

He reaped the rewards too, finishing with figures of 2/20.

Set a target of 150, the Stars opted to use Maxwell and Joe Clarke at the top of the order.

Maxwell, fresh from playing a vital role with the ball, came out all guns blazing, blasting his way to 37 runs off 30 balls.

Joe Clarke continued his impressive BBL|11 campaign, adding 62 runs (off 36 balls) to take his total to 384 runs for the season, the equal second highest of all players.

He also brought up his fifth half century of the tournament, the most of any player in BBL|11.

Despite the inclusion of Test players Michael Neser and Mitch Swepson, the Heat were unable to make any significant inroads with the ball early on.

Veteran Mark Steketee finally broke through for the Heat, dismissing Maxwell in the eleventh over, the first of the power surge.

Shortly after, Heat all-rounder James Bazley removed Clarke, bringing Stars superstar Marcus Stoinis to the crease.

Stoinis (29* off 10, including three sixes) and Hilton Cartwright (16* off 7, including two sixes) controlled the finish, as the Stars cruised to victory with eight wickets to spare.

THE PLAYER

Glenn Maxwell returned to his brilliant best with the bat, the ball and in the field.

He was brutal with the bat, powering his way to 37 off 30, whilst he was equally as superb with the ball, getting two early wickets.

Not to mention his spectacular catch to remove Queenslander Sam Heazlett.

THE MOMENT

Glenn Maxwell took an absolute screamer to dismiss Queenslander Sam Heazlett in the sixteenth over.

Fielding at mid-on, Maxwell went back with the flight to take a spectacular one-handed catch.

Both Maxwell and bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile were in utter disbelief afterwards and with good reason!


The Melbourne Stars take on the Hobart Hurricanes Wednesday 16 January at 7:50pm at the MCG.