About the Match
Melbourne Stars continued their losing streak, this time suffering defeat against Sydney Sixers by 5 wickets. They will bow out of the competition after one last league game against Hobart Hurricanes on 27th January at Melbourne, their home ground. The Hurricanes lost their game against Perth Scorchers by 5 wickets, and they are at the 4th place with 10 points; the Hurricanes will fight hard to qualify for the knock-outs and it could be an interesting clash here on Saturday as they try to keep their campaign alive.
Glenn Maxwell did well to post 84 off 47 while Rob Quiney and James Faulkner tried to keep the scoreboard ticking with 36 and 24 runs respectively. They took the total to 189 but the bowlers failed to defend it as Daniel Worrall, Liam Bowe and Faulkner gave away too many easy runs. Speedsters John Hastings and Evan Gulbis took 2 wickets each but the others couldn’t combine well to stifle the opponents. Spinner Michael Beer and Liam Bowe bring depth to the attack, while pacers Hastings, Gulbis and Worrall can provide quick breakthroughs in the upcoming match.
Batting first against Sydney Thunder, they could muster only 147 runs; Peter Handscomb top-scored with 57 off 44 while Seb Gotch contributed with 31 runs. However, others like Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen and Ben Dunk failed to bring out their firepower. John Hastings and spinner Liam Bowe took 3 wickets between them but others like Worrall and Coleman proved to be expensive and they lost the match by 7 wickets.
The Stars have won only one game throughout, and they will have to bid goodbye after the last game; with the home advantage here, they could try to make amends and register a face-saving win.
Batting first against Scorchers, they set up a target of 168 for the opponents thanks to a powerful 66 off 37 by Simon Milenko and good contributions by George Bailey and Matthew Wade, who scored 30+ runs each. However, the bowlers couldn’t do enough to contain the Scorchers and lost the match by 5 wickets. Pacers Jofra Archer, Daniel Christian and TS Mills took a wicket each but others like Cameron Boyce proved to be costly. The squad also has spinners like D’ Arcy Short and Clive Rose, who bring variety to the attack.
Chasing 188 against Adelaide Strikers, openers Alex Doolan and D’Arcy Short posted a 45-run partnership; Doolan went on to score 70 off 55 while middle-order batsman Ben McDermott pitched in with a well-made 45 off 29 but they couldn’t reach the target on time.
Players like George Bailey and Daniel Christian couldn’t keep the scoreboard ticking and lost the match by 11 runs in the end. Earlier, speedster Jofra Archer was the lone wicket-taker with a figure of 3-27 but ended up facing 188-run target.
The Hurricanes have done well to climb up the ladder and they will strive hard to qualify for the next stage here; the batsmen and bowlers are doing a good job and could pose a stiff challenge to the hosts.
While Melbourne Stars have the home advantage, we feel that Hobart Hurricanes who are desperate for victory will come out all guns blazing to make it through on Saturday