Tom Banton smashed the second-fastest half-century in Big Bash League history to fire Brisbane Heat to victory over Sydney Thunder by the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method in Monday's rain-affected match.

The weather saw a delayed start and then limited Brisbane to just eight overs in the first innings, but Banton quickly made up for lost time in a 16-run triumph.

The England international needed just 16 balls to reach 50, ending on 56 after seven sixes that helped Heat to an impressive 119-4.

Further rain appeared the only hindrance to a dominant win, and neither the conditions nor Thunder - chasing 77 in a reduced five overs - could effectively intervene.

BANTON BLOWS THUNDER AWAY

Banton started as he meant to go on when the covers came off, launching Daniel Sams over the boundary from the first ball.

And this rapid progress continued alongside fellow opener Chris Lynn, lifting Brisbane to 39 without loss by the end of the two-over powerplay.

But it was a blistering fourth over that stole the show, Banton following up a rare dot ball with five successive maximums to bring up his half-century in sensational style.

The second six in that stretch had been carried over the rope by Brendan Doggett as he desperately tried to check the 21-year-old's thrilling assault.

HEAT HALTED AS RAIN RETURNS

A partnership of 90 was finally ended in the fifth over, as Banton hit a Chris Tremain full toss to Chris Morris on the fence.

That prompted something of a collapse, with Heat only able to add another 29 runs.

Doggett held on impressively to account for Lynn (31), before Sams (2-24) removed Max Bryant and Matt Renshaw.

Thunder's hopes of victory were extremely remote and they were 18-1 after two overs, but Brisbane were dealt a blow when rain fell again with the match still 2.5 overs short of the requisite number of deliveries.

SAMS CARRIES SYDNEY'S HOPES

With Sydney then facing a tough total as play resumed, Callum Ferguson launched towards the boundary but was caught before Alex Hales (21 not out) struck consecutive fours.

An entertaining fourth over saw three boundaries and two wickets, and Thunder's chances were all but over when Sams' (10) six-four start was followed up with a stunning grab out of the air from Ben Laughlin.

They could only reach 61-4, as Ben Cutting saw out the fifth and final over with an array of yorkers.

D'Arcy Short scored his second Big Bash League century as Hobart Hurricanes beat Perth Scorchers by eight runs at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

Hurricanes opener Short made the most of a number of reprieves to register an unbeaten 70-ball 103 that included three fours and seven maximums, taking his tally for the season to 248.

Despite the Australia international's efforts, the Scorchers still looked capable of chasing down the 181 they needed for victory against Hobart (180-2).

A 75-run partnership between Mitchell Marsh (48) and Cameron Green (33) gave them hope, but Perth (172-8) lost momentum when the former holed out to midwicket off Thomas Rogers and they were consigned to a fourth loss of the season.

 

D'ARCY DOESN'T FALL SHORT

There were plenty of moments when it looked like Short, the leading run scorer in the previous two editions of the BBL, would not get to triple figures.

The opener was dropped on 21 and 68 when Tim David twice showed a lack of judgement in the field, while Jhye Richardson (twice) and Liam Livingstone put down more difficult chances to get him out.

Short needed three runs off the final delivery to bring up his century and he did it by ramping a Chris Jordan yorker onto the ropes for six.

 

BOLAND MAKES HIS MARK

The Hurricanes took 76 runs from the final five overs of their innings, but their total was by no means unreachable for the Scorchers.

However, Perth were in trouble when they slipped to 18-3 after 2.3 overs. Scott Boland (2-29) drew an edge that had Cameron Bancroft caught behind for a duck and on the next ball his fingertip deflection sent Marsh's drive down the ground onto the non-striker's stumps to run out Josh Inglis.

 

MARSH GIVES PERTH HOPE

Marsh and Green steadied the ship for the Scorchers after the early inroads made by the Hurricanes, who saw Riley Meredith (side strain) and David Miller (calf) leave the field for treatment and not return.

McDermott missed a great chance to break their partnership when he failed to hold on after Marsh gloved Rogers down the leg side, but Nathan Ellis trapped Green lbw in the next over.

Marsh went on to rack up five fours and a six before a tremendous catch from Caleb Jewell ended his knock and the Scorchers finished on 172-8.

Josh Philippe thumped an unbeaten 83 from 52 balls as Sydney Sixers continued their excellent Big Bash League campaign with a thrilling seven-wicket victory over Adelaide Strikers at Coffs Harbour.

The Sixers, beaten semi-finalists last season, made it five wins from seven outings, after limiting the Strikers to 176-6 and chasing down the target with three balls to spare.

Adelaide failed to fully capitalise on a promising start, having been 53-1 after five overs, with Josh Hazlewood's miserly spell proving pivotal.

Philippe then starred with the bat, while Justin Avendano (47) also caught the eye, and Tom Curran finished the job in style in a match that saw a comical dismissal for Matthew Short.

HAZLEWOOD HALTS STRIKERS

Adelaide looked well placed to make a big score after a fast start but Hazlewood had other ideas.

Despite taking only one wicket – that of Strikers captain Alex Carey (29) – his four-over spell was key as he conceded just 18 runs.

That stood in stark contrast to the economy rates of three of his fellow bowlers, with Ben Dwarshuis, Lloyd Pope and Curran all in double figures.

 

SHORT'S SHORT INNINGS ENDS IN COMEDY OF ERRORS

The 14th over of the Strikers' innings saw two wickets fall, with one playing out in the manner of a slapstick comedy.

After Cameron White had holed out on 18 while in search of a six, Short followed him back to the pavilion without facing a ball.

Standing at the non-striker's end as Jonathan Wells flicked a stroke towards square leg, Short saw an opportunity for two runs, then changed his mind... then changed it again when there was a misfield. 

By the time he changed his mind for a third time he was halfway down the pitch and he was then short of his ground when he was run out, even though wicketkeeper Philippe appeared to lose his grip on the ball as he whipped off the bails. 

What Wells, who finished 40 not out in a losing effort, must have made of all this as he stood safely in his crease is anyone's guess.

PHILIPPE CUTS LOOSE

Philippe was aggressive from the outset in a 52-ball knock that yielded five fours and four sixes.

Avendano joined him for a 72-run opening partnership that put the Sixers firmly on course, but the best strike rate belonged to Curran.

Coming in late and with a job still to be done, Curran faced just three balls but scored 10 runs, sealing the win with a six.

The Melbourne Stars avenged their 2019 Big Bash final defeat to the Melbourne Renegades with a thumping victory at the MCG that was inspired by a moment of magic in the field.

An eight-wicket trouncing in front of a crowd of 54,478 on Saturday reflected the changing fortunes of these teams since they met at nearby Docklands Stadium in the title match 11 months ago.

Michael Klinger's Renegades have gone into reverse gear this season and this was a sixth straight defeat for the defending champions, who are proving to be a shadow of the side led by Andrew McDonald last season.

The Stars have soared to the top of the table with five wins in six games for David Hussey's side, who scythed down the Renegades from 117-2 to their eventual 142-9 total.

Shaun Marsh and Beau Webster looked like lifting the Renegades to a substantial total as their third-wicket partnership reached 62.

Yet Marsh's dismissal for 43 to a brilliant boundary catch, Ben Dunk tossing the ball back to Nathan Coulter-Nile, off Sandeep Lamichhane's leg spin triggered a collapse, with Dan Christian stumped for a golden duck and Webster also soon back in the dressing room.

Marcus Stoinis anchored the Stars response with an unbeaten 68 from the top of the order to becoming the leading scorer in the competition, with skipper Glenn Maxwell plundering a snappy 40 not out as the Renegades attack sorely lacked bite.

Chris Lynn was once again the star attraction in the Big Bash League as his blistering 88 not out propelled Brisbane Heat to a dominant 31-run win at Hobart Hurricanes.

Lynn hit 11 fours in his 55-ball innings along with three sixes, having pledged to donate 250 Australian dollars towards the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal for each maximum he hits during this year's tournament.

The Heat skipper was ably supported by opener Max Bryant, who provided a similarly uncompromising 65 from 36 deliveries at the top of the order.

With that 95-run stand for the second wicket having left Brisbane well placed after midway, Australia internationals Matt Renshaw (30) and Ben Cutting (18 not out) supplied breezy cameos alongside Lynn to post an imposing 212-3.

A brisk 46-run stand for the opening partnership between D'Arcy Short and Caleb Jewell fired Hobart hopes but they were playing an increasingly difficult game of catch-up after the halfway point of the innings as wickets fell regularly to stifle momentum.

The Hurricanes completed their allocation on 181-9, with the wickets shared around for Brisbane.

Medium pacers Mark Steketee and Jack Prestwidge took 2-29 and 2-16 respectively as the Heat bounced back impressively from being skittled for 109 by Perth Scorchers last time out.

They move up to fifth in the table as one of three teams on four points – a cluster completed by Hobart in seventh.

LYNNSANITY REIGNS

Man-of-the-match Lynn demanded a response after the thrashing against Perth and led from the front. This was his 33rd half-century in a format in which he thrives.

Following his 94 versus Sydney Sixers, the 29-year-old now has the two highest individual scores in this season's BBL.

FAULKNER INJURY HURTS HOBART

The Hurricanes attempts to restrict a rampant Brisbane battling line-up were compromised by James Faulkner limping off the field after bowling only half of his overs.

Why the all-rounder was then sent out to bat with a runner and face the final ball of the innings with 32 required is anyone's guess.

TWENTIES LEAVE HURRICANES ROARING WITH FRUSTRATION

In contrast to the substantive innings provided by Lynn and Bryant, Hobart's batsmen repeatedly threw things away after getting starts.

Six were dismissed between 23 and 28, including each member of the top five, without going on.

Big Bash League stars Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn will donate to the bushfire appeal in Australia for every six they hit this season.

Bushfires are raging across Australia, with New South Wales and Victoria greatly affected.

The nation's sportspeople are rallying to help those impacted, with Brisbane Heat star Lynn and the Melbourne Stars' Maxwell offering their help.

"Hey guys, for every six I hit in this year's Big Bash League I will donate $250 towards the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal," Lynn wrote on Twitter on Friday.

"It is special to see so many athletes from various sports getting in behind the real heroes who are fighting to save lives and properties around our country."

Maxwell wrote: "Love it Lynny!! I'll match you on $250 per six I hit in this year's BBL.

"Great cause which is helping so many people around the country who are doing it tough right now."

Maxwell and Lynn are two of the BBL's biggest hitters and have tallied nine and 12 sixes respectively so far this season.

It comes as tennis star Nick Kyrgios vowed to donate 200 Australian dollars for every ace he hits during the summer Down Under.

Illawarra Hawks star LaMelo Ball, meanwhile, pledged to donate a month of his NBL salary to help victims.

James Vince made a big impact on his return as the in-form Sydney Sixers denied Melbourne Renegades a first Big Bash League victory with a six-wicket win on Thursday.

A new year did not bring about a change of fortune for defending champions the Renegades, who paid the price for a lack of runs at Marvel Stadium.

Lloyd Pope (2-22) and Jackson Bird (2-24) excelled with the ball to restrict the Renegades to 153-6 after they were 69-1 in the eight over, Sam Harper top scoring with 45 off only 24 balls and Shaun Marsh making 40.

The Sixers followed up their dramatic Sydney Smash Super Over triumph by extending their winning run to three matches, Tom Curran hitting the winning run off the penultimate ball of the match.

Vince struck 41 from just 26 deliveries on his return from an elbow injury, while Dan Hughes (40) and Jordan Silk (36 not out) also made significant contributions as the Sixers moved up to second place despite the absence of Sean Abbott (side strain).

 

POPE PREYS ON RENEGADES FLAWS

The Renegades were going along nicely on 65-1 after seven overs when Pope came into the attack and the spinner put the squeeze on to frustrate the champions.

Pope removed Harris with a googly in his second over, which cost only four runs, and the flame-haired tweaker trapped Beau Webster (17) lbw in his final over to put the Renegades on the back foot.

Dan Christian (32no from 17) set about the expensive Curran, who went for 58 from his four overs, but Melbourne were well short of a daunting total.

 

PHILIPPE AND HUGHES GET SIXERS OFF TO FLYER

Josh Philippe made a statement by clattering the first ball of the run chase from Webster for six and had a stroke of luck when he was dropped by Christian.

The impressive Tom Andrews somehow cleaned up Philippe (33) with a first ball that should have been hammered into the crowd, but not before the wicketkeeper-batsman and Hughes had put on 70 for the first wicket.

Cameron Boyce and Andrews (2-22) gave the Renegades hope by dismissing Hughes and Moises Henriques respectively to leave the Sixers 80-3 in the 12th.

 

VINCE AND SILK DELIVER WITH DECISIVE STAND

The Sixers needed 54 from the last six overs after Boyce conceded only six runs off the 14th, but Vince and Silk chipped away at the target with a fourth-wicket stand of 57.

Vince launched a leg break from Boyce for six, but was bowled nine short of a half-century attempting to put the next ball in the same spot.

Silk passed 1,000 Big Bash runs and dispatched the otherwise-economical Kane Richardson over extra cover for six in the penultimate over, then struck the second delivery of the final over from Richard Gleeson over the rope, leaving Curran to hit the winning run with a ball to spare.

Melbourne Stars overcame a dramatic late collapse to beat Sydney Thunder by three wickets at the Showground to replace their hosts at the top of the Big Bash League.

The Stars appeared to be coasting to victory as Marcus Stoinis and Nick Larkin piled on 123 for the second wicket in reply to Thunder's 142-7.

But Larkin hooked the returning Chris Morris (2-24) to Daniel Sams at fine leg to depart for a well-made 65, before Stoinis (58) chipped to mid-on from the final ball of the 17th over.

In the next set of six, left-arm seamer Sams (3-25) had Glenn Maxwell caught behind when trying to steer the ball fine and bowled Ben Dunk with his next delivery.

Melbourne were 133-5, having lost 4-10 off nine balls and, although a Sams bouncer on leg stump being harshly called a wide was punished by Nathan Coulter-Nile crunching the extra delivery down the ground for four, there would be a further twist.

More miserly work from Morris took the game into the final over and Nathan McAndrew followed Sams in putting himself on a hat-trick – removing Coulter-Nile before pinning new man Clint Hinchcliffe lbw.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who earlier took 1-33 from his allocation, held his nerve with the scores level and clipped the hat-trick ball through midwicket for the single required.

The Stars now have eight points at the summit, thanks to four wins and one defeat from their five matches, while the Thunder have seven points from six matches in third, having nudged below Adelaide Strikers on net run rate.


MAXWELL'S DOUBLE BLOW SETS UP STARS

Before that awful shot amid his side's nerve-jangled end to the match, captain Maxwell (2-17) helped to set up Melbourne's victory as his decision to open the bowling paid off.

The Thunder's average opening partnership this season heading into the clash was 40.4, but they found themselves 11-2 and with two of their best batsmen removed.

Off-spinner Maxwell bowled both Alex Hales (0) and Usman Khawaja (1) in the opening three overs and the Thunder were forced to play catch up.
 

RUTHLESS RAUF CONTINUES TO STAR

Haris Rauf (3-24) continued to take his chance for the Stars.

Back in the team, the paceman took his tally to 10 wickets this season while bowling 14 dot balls.

Rauf removed the competition's leading run-scorer this season, Callum Ferguson (19), and the dangerous Alex Ross, who top scored with 40.

LARKIN'S FIRST BBL FIFTY PROVES DECISIVE

The quality of Larkin's strokeplay, on a surface where most batsmen struggled for timing, should not be lost amid the chaotic finish to the match.

While Stoinis was more circumspect, the 29-year-old displayed some wonderful strokeplay during his 45-ball stay, which featured eight fours and a maximum and deservedly earned the man-of-the-match award.

Perth Scorchers gave their Big Bash League campaign a much-needed shot in the arm on Wednesday with an emphatic 40-run victory over Brisbane Heat in Carrara.

The Scorchers, who propped up the table in a miserable 2018-19 campaign after top-three finishes in each of the previous seven seasons, began 2020 with one win from four matches this term.

However, a total of 149-6 - underpinned by Cameron Bancroft's 50 - proved more than enough to get them home on this occasion as the Heat collapsed to 109 all out.

Spinners Fawad Ahmed and Ashton Agar did the bulk of the damage, returning respective figures of 3-16 and 2-16 from four overs, and an entertaining final-wicket stand of 31 in 3.3 overs between Zahir Khan and Ben Laughlin only made the final analysis more respectable for Brisbane, who now have only one victory from four games themselves.

The Scorchers' second success lifts them to four points and two off the top four.

 

BANCROFT JUDGES CONDITIONS PERFECTLY

On a pitch that appeared two-paced, Josh Inglis (27 off 19) and Mitchell Marsh (26 off 19) briefly sparkled for the Scorchers, the latter striking two huge sixes over the leg side.

However, it was Bancroft who made the most valuable contribution, ticking along at roughly a run a ball for most of his innings before accelerating to reach 50 from 42 balls.

Bancroft fell to the next delivery he faced, but his perfectly paced innings gave Perth a total they ultimately defended with ease as Brisbane's big hitters all failed to make an impact.

 

TON UP FOR LAUGHLIN

Although the Heat were well beaten, Laughlin could take pride from becoming the first bowler to claim 100 BBL wickets.

The veteran seamer came into this contest with 98 scalps and removed Marsh to get to 99 before having Agar caught behind for his milestone wicket in the final over of the Scorchers' innings.

Laughlin also clubbed the first ball he faced for six, before prolonging the contest in an enjoyable partnership with Zahir, who had been the pick of the Heat bowlers with 2-18. The pair were the highest scorers in Brisbane's innings, Zahir making 19 not out and Laughlin adding 17, but it was not enough.

Rashid Khan's thrilling cameo was not enough to stop the Adelaide Strikers suffering their first loss of the Big Bash season against the Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval.

An 18-ball 40 from Rashid, which included four fours and three sixes, looked set to inspire the Strikers to a fourth straight victory on Tuesday.

However, with Adelaide needing five off the final two balls to triumph, the Afghanistan international was run out attempting an ambitious second run.

Responsibility to clinch the win subsequently fell to Wes Agar but he was unable to connect sufficiently with Chris Morris' delivery and was run out by the South African, securing a three-run triumph for the Thunder.

 

FERGUSON SETS THE TONE

The Thunder set a target of 169 for the Strikers and owed much of that to the work of Usman Khawaja (63) and Callum Ferguson (73).

The duo combined for a 73-run stand after Alex Hales (4) fell, with Ferguson racking up seven fours and two sixes in an expansive knock that saw him move top of this season's scoring charts on 229.

Those maximums came off successive Rashid deliveries, one of which was ruled a no ball, before he holed out to deep midwicket.

Peter Siddle (2-30) claimed two wickets in a final over that went for just three runs, but Ferguson's efforts ended up proving the difference.

 

WEATHERALD MILESTONE

While his opening partner Phil Salt went for a six-ball duck and the Strikers were reduced to 36-3 after 5.4 overs, Jake Weatherald ensured their chase did not entirely collapse.

He became the second Striker to reach 1,000 BBL runs, joining Travis Head, and plundered a trio of sixes off one Jonathan Cook over en route to his second fifty of the season.

However, Daniel Sams (2-32) got Weatherald on 52 with a slower delivery, and when Arjun Nair (2-19) accounted for Cameron Valente and Cameron White in the same over the hosts were in trouble at 118-7.

 

RASHID RUFFLES FEATHERS

The Strikers required 53 runs off 28 balls when Rashid walked out to the middle and he certainly looked in the mood when he launched a six that left him on his backside over deep midwicket.

His display of varied and exciting striking continued when, on the back of a four and a third six of the match, he guided a magnificent checked sweep in front of square and to the ropes.

Rashid's back-to-back fours off Morris put Adelaide in position to snatch victory in the final over, but the Thunder just about managed to hold them off and seal an enthralling win.

Marcus Stoinis recovered from a nasty blow to the helmet as Melbourne Stars prevailed over Hobart Hurricanes on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the BBL.

In a match blighted by two rain stoppages, the Stars eventually came out on top by four runs after reaching 55-3 off 7.3 overs, enough to make the revised target of 51 with the Hurricanes having made 69-5 off 11.

Stoinis was the key man at the crease for Melbourne scoring 25 off 19 balls before succumbing to Riley Meredith with the penultimate delivery of the match.

It was far from plain sailing for the opener, who was hit square on the grille by Meredith earlier in the innings.

However, he recovered and – along with Peter Handscomb (22 not out) – took the Stars to a win which sees them move up to second place in the standings.

STOINIS TAKES ONE IN THE GRILLE

James Faulkner's brilliant start with the ball handed the Hurricanes hope, with the paceman trapping Nic Maddinson (2) lbw before dismissing Nick Larkin (0) with his next delivery.

Meredith then skidded a short one up into the grille of Stoinis, who immediately signalled to the bowler and his batting partner Handscomb that he was fit to carry on.

The Stars' doctor also gave Stoinis the all clear after a thorough on-field check and the Australia internationals kept their cool despite the loss of the early wickets.

With the weather closing in once more, Stoinis – who eventually picked out long on from Meredith's bowling in the eighth over – and Handscomb selected their shots carefully as the Stars did just enough to seal the win by the time the rain returned.

COULTER-NILE AND STEYN DO THE DAMAGE

While Stoinis and Handscomb ultimately guided the Stars to victory, Nathan Coulter-Nile (2-14) and Dale Steyn (2-12) set the stage with some fine bowling.

With Coulter-Nile having dismissed Simon Milenko (12) just before the first rain break, Steyn came back into the attack to oust Ben McDermott (17) prior to the second stoppage.

After just over half-an-hour, Steyn picked up where he left off, immediately forcing compatriot David Miller (0) into a slack pull shot straight to Handscomb.

Caleb Jewell (26) had proved a thorn in the Stars' side, but he went with the very next delivery as Coulter-Nile got his second wicket.

Rashid Khan starred as Adelaide Strikers continued Melbourne Renegades' Big Bash League misery with an 18-run win at Docklands Stadium.

The Renegades have now lost four out of four in this season's competition, with their chase of the Strikers' 155-6 decisively compromised by losing three wickets – including two run outs – in the 13th over.

Rashid sharply threw down Aaron Finch's stumps from backward point to start the mini-collapse from the delivery after Australia's limited overs captain reached 50.

The Afghanistan leg-spinner had already bowled the experienced Shaun Marsh for 16 and accounted for Will Sutherland with a wonderful googly.

Rashid's figures of 2-15 from his four overs should have been even more handsome, with Beau Webster given an unusual lbw reprieve.

Webster (37 not out) set himself up for the big finish but excellent death bowling from Wes Agar (2-20) and Cameron Valente (2-36) finished the job.

Adelaide got off to a flyer, thanks almost entirely to Phil Salt's blistering 54 off 26 deliveries – Renegades paceman Richard Gleeson shipping some brutal punishment.

Cameron Boyce held a return catch to end Salt's fun and returned economical figures of 2-18.

Dan Christian (0-17) also put the squeeze on but was the second ambling run out in the Renegade's nightmare over, which also saw Marcus Harris flick an awful shot off Agar straight to deep square leg.

Kane Richardson, the pick of the Adelaide attack with 4-33, was the last man out in their 137-8 as Salt concluded a fine outing by catching him at long-off to give Valente his second wicket.

Scratch leaves Renegades in with a sniff

Webster was not alone in failing to pick the mercurial Rashid effectively and he was hit on the pad to prompt a loud appeal. The Adelaide players joined their star spinner in celebration as Greg Davidson raised his hand. However, the umpire proceeded to scratch his nose in an exaggerated manner and not raise his finger, meaning Rashid's joy turned to confusion.

Hawkeye showed the ball would have crashed into leg stump. Davidson later explained he changed his decision at the last moment, adjudging Webster to have got an inside edge.

Salt piles misery on Gleeson

Gleeson came into the match with a BBL economy rate of 10.6 and the Lancashire seamer's struggles continued at the hands of Salt. He could count himself unfortunate to an extent, as one of Salt's five fours from his second over was a thick outside edge past the wicketkeeper, but it was a punishing and decisive passage in a game where runs were otherwise hard-earned.

Siddle earns warm ovation

It was an emotional day for experienced seamer Peter Siddle, who announced his retirement from international cricket. Although he went wicketless in his four overs, Siddle could celebrate undefeated Adelaide moving to the top of the BBL standings.

Peter Siddle's impressive death bowling held off Melbourne Stars as Adelaide Strikers handed them their first loss of the Big Bash League season with a five-run victory.

Australia international Siddle returned figures of 3-24 from his four overs, claiming the key wickets of Glenn Maxwell and Ben Dunk to ensure the Strikers defended their total of 174-4.

Jonathan Wells wrested control away from the Stars and ended with an unbeaten 68 off 46 deliveries – an 89-run partnership with Alex Carey anchoring the Strikers' innings.

Melbourne lost Nic Maddinson and Hilton Cartwright early on and were 66-3 when Maxwell went out to the middle for the final ball of the 10th over.

All-rounder Maxwell racked up four maximums in a blistering 43-run knock but chopped onto his middle stump when attempting a reverse scoop off Siddle.

Nathan Coulter-Nile (20 not out) kept the Stars in contention and with the visitors requiring six runs from the final two deliveries, Siddle picked out Dunk's leg stump with a sweet yorker and denied Adam Zampa a match-winning moment on the final ball to clinch a dramatic victory as Melbourne finished with 169-6.

 

STEYN GETS A TOUGH WELCOME

After starting his BBL career with a dot ball, Dale Steyn was launched for back-to-back sixes by Jake Weatherald.

The Strikers opener was not finished there either, finding the ropes twice more in succession – the second drilled to the boundary past a diving mid off.

However, Steyn got his revenge when Weatherald ballooned him to mid on to become the first wicket to fall.

WELLS' ACCELARATION KEY

The Stars appeared to have everything under control until Wells claimed the Strikers' first boundary in 34 deliveries, though there was more than a slice of luck about it as Cartwright spilled an absolute dolly off Zampa on the ropes.

That over proved to be the foundation of a surge that saw Wells claim 51 off the last 26 balls he faced, sealing a second fifty of this BBL.

He finished with a stunning 13-ball partnership worth 32 alongside Rashid Khan, a prolific spell that ended up proving key to the victory.

 

MAXWELL COMES UNDONE

After Khan had Peter Handscomb (34) stumped off a googly, Maxwell decided it was time to cut loose. He launched the next ball to Wells at wide long on and had a six when the ball slipped through the Strikers fielder's grasp.

Maxwell bludgeoned Cameron Valente into the top tier and dispatched Ashton Agar for a pair of maximums in the 16th over to bring victory into the Stars' sights.

However, his flamboyance proved his undoing and Siddle held his nerve in a tense finale to ensure the Strikers made it back-to-back victories.

Tom Curran made a dazzling contribution with the bat as Sydney Sixers recorded another emphatic victory over Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.

Having raced to an eight-wicket triumph when the two sides met in Sydney on December 18, the Sixers again proved far too strong for the Scorchers at Perth Stadium, winning by 48 runs.

After Daniel Hughes and Moises Henriques had both made 35, England all-rounder Curran thumped an unbeaten 43 from 21 deliveries - clubbing 24 in the final over alone - to power the visitors to 174-7 despite Chris Jordan returning 3-29.

Jackson Bird and Sean Abbott then claimed three wickets each as the Scorchers were bundled out for 126 in 18.1 overs, having initially slumped to 34-5.

Perth now have just one win from four games and face an uphill battle to finish in the top four, while the Sixers climb from sixth to third, albeit having played more matches than the sides around them.

 

CURRAN TAKES KELLY APART

After 19 overs, the Scorchers could be fairly satisfied with their efforts in the field, even though Hughes had taken advantage of being dropped on nought by a diving Ashton Agar.

However, a competitive score for the Sixers swiftly became an imposing one as Curran clubbed two fours and two sixes, as well as a pair of twos, in a painful final over for Scorchers bowler Matthew Kelly.

Curran finished the innings in style by clearing the long-on boundary and the Sixers entered the interval with significant momentum, while Kelly was left with abysmal figures of 1-50 from four overs.

 

EARLY BREAKTHROUGHS SCUPPER SCORCHERS

The Scorchers' hopes of chasing down 175 were effectively wiped out in 6.1 overs.

Bird struck in each of his first three sets of six, as Liam Livingstone (2), Cameron Bancroft (1) and Cameron Green (1) all flopped.

Josh Inglis also failed, falling to Curran for seven, and home skipper Mitchell Marsh was bowled by Abbott's first ball for 17, leaving his side with far too much to do.

Ashton Turner (28) and Kelly (23 not out) delayed the inevitable but Perth were soundly beaten.

Defending Big Bash League champions Melbourne Renegades crashed to a third consecutive defeat to start the season following a crushing loss to Hobart Hurricanes.

The Renegades' horror start to their BBL title defence continued on Tuesday – beaten by seven wickets at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

Melbourne lost 8-38 as they were bowled out for 147 before Hobart – led by D'Arcy Short and Ben McDermott – chased down the total with five balls to spare on Christmas Eve.

The Renegades slumped to 0-3 following the devastating defeat, while the Hurricanes improved to 2-1.

 

RENEGADES IN A HOLE AFTER COLLAPSE

With Aaron Finch at the crease, the Renegades were looking comfortable in their pursuit of win number one this season.

After Sam Harper was dismissed for a duck and Shaun Marsh scored 37, Renegades captain Finch hit 50 off 36 balls to have the titleholders 109-2.

Then it turned sour for the Renegades. Finch chipped a shot to mid-wicket, sparking a stunning collapse against the Hurricanes.

The Renegades lost their final seven wickets in 23 balls – James Faulkner (3-26 from 3.1 overs), Nathan Ellis (3-15 from three overs), Riley Meredith (3-26 from four overs) and Qais Ahmad (1-23 from four overs) enjoying the ball.

 

SHORT AND MCDERMOTT STEER HURRICANES

The Renegades' capitulation opened the door for the Hurricanes, and Short and McDermott took full advantage.

Short set the tone after opener Simon Milenko and Caleb Jewell departed in the same Tom Cooper (2-32) over, hitting seven boundaries and a six for a 45-ball 60 in Hobart.

While he was trapped lbw by Cameron Boyce (1-20 from four overs), captain McDermott (51 not out) and David Miller (25 not out) sealed the win and heaped further misery on the Renegades.

 

MILLER SHOWS HIS POWER

There are big sixes and then there are big sixes.

South African import Miller sent a Harry Gurney delivery out of the ground in the 17th over to cap a miserable day for the visiting Renegades.

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