Infotainment Factory: Stars cruise to MCG local derby BBL win

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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Stars cruise to MCG local derby BBL win


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The Melbourne Stars have extended their local derby domination, cruising to a 7 wicket win before an MCG crowd that reflected the BBL's growing pains.

The marquee clash on Tuesday night attracted 46,418 fans, below the expectation of between 50,000-60,000.

It is well down on the 80,000 attendance for the same game on January 2, three years ago.

Concerns are growing about the BBL in its eighth season, with early-season crowds and TV ratings stagnating.

The Renegades' batting woes persisted when they wasted a solid opening stand and eventually made 9-148 from 20 overs.

It wasn't enough and the Stars never looked under pressure, reaching 3-151 with 13 balls to spare.

The Stars' win left the Melbourne rivals mid-table with 2-2 records.

Opener Marcus Stoinis top-scored with 78no from 49 balls, closing the match with his fourth six.

He also hit four fours in his command knock.

Stoinis and Ben Dunk set up the successful run chase with an opening stand of 67 in eight overs.

It took excellent wicket keeping from Sam Harper to dismiss Dunk for 32, stumped off the bowling of Cameron Boyce.

A direct hit from Mohammad Nabit had Nick Larkin run out for three and the Renegades looked like they might have a sniff, with the Stars 2-76.

The next ball, Stars captain Glenn Maxwell walloped a six off Dan Christian to show it was a false dawn.

Maxwell belted 33 from 22 balls before he was also stumped off Boyce's bowling.

With openers Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris on Test duties, batting is the Renegades' Achilles heel and they remain without a half century after four games.

Stand-in openers Harper and Mackenzie Harvey gave them an excellent start, reaching 52 in the fifth over after being sent in to bat.

But Harvey went for 21 and Harper was dismissed two balls later, sparking a slide that had the Renegades idling at 5-80 after 11 overs.

Nepalese leg-spin revelation Sandeep Lamichhane bowled captain Tom Cooper for 10 with a gem of a delivery.

Lamichhane will leave Australian for about a month on Bangladesh Premier League duties.

A 50-run stand for the sixth wicket between Dan Christian and Beau Webster was vital, but after their dismissals the Renegades innings folded again.

Scott Boland was on a hat-trick when he dismissed Jack Wildermuth and Webster in the 19th over.

West Indian star Dwayne Bravo nearly wrapped up the innings in the last over when Kane Richardson walloped the ball back at him and he just failed to pull off a spectacular return catch.

Christian top scored with 32 and Webster made 19, while Bravo snared 3-27.

The Melbourne Stars have extended their local derby domination, cruising to a 7 wicket win before an MCG crowd that reflected the BBL's growing pains.

The marquee clash on Tuesday night attracted 46,418 fans, below the expectation of between 50,000-60,000.

It is well down on the 80,000 attendance for the same game on January 2, three years ago.

Concerns are growing about the BBL in its eighth season, with early-season crowds and TV ratings stagnating.

The Renegades' batting woes persisted when they wasted a solid opening stand and eventually made 9-148 from 20 overs.

It wasn't enough and the Stars never looked under pressure, reaching 3-151 with 13 balls to spare.

The Stars' win left the Melbourne rivals mid-table with 2-2 records.

Opener Marcus Stoinis top-scored with 78no from 49 balls, closing the match with his fourth six.

He also hit four fours in his command knock.

Stoinis and Ben Dunk set up the successful run chase with an opening stand of 67 in eight overs.

It took excellent wicket keeping from Sam Harper to dismiss Dunk for 32, stumped off the bowling of Cameron Boyce.

A direct hit from Mohammad Nabit had Nick Larkin run out for three and the Renegades looked like they might have a sniff, with the Stars 2-76.

The next ball, Stars captain Glenn Maxwell walloped a six off Dan Christian to show it was a false dawn.

Maxwell belted 33 from 22 balls before he was also stumped off Boyce's bowling.

With openers Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris on Test duties, batting is the Renegades' Achilles heel and they remain without a half century after four games.

Stand-in openers Harper and Mackenzie Harvey gave them an excellent start, reaching 52 in the fifth over after being sent in to bat.

But Harvey went for 21 and Harper was dismissed two balls later, sparking a slide that had the Renegades idling at 5-80 after 11 overs.

Nepalese leg-spin revelation Sandeep Lamichhane bowled captain Tom Cooper for 10 with a gem of a delivery.

Lamichhane will leave Australian for about a month on Bangladesh Premier League duties.

A 50-run stand for the sixth wicket between Dan Christian and Beau Webster was vital, but after their dismissals the Renegades innings folded again.

Scott Boland was on a hat-trick when he dismissed Jack Wildermuth and Webster in the 19th over.

West Indian star Dwayne Bravo nearly wrapped up the innings in the last over when Kane Richardson walloped the ball back at him and he just failed to pull off a spectacular return catch.

Christian top scored with 32 and Webster made 19, while Bravo snared 3-27.

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