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Glenn Maxwell has once again gone absolutely mental with a crazy display of hitting, but he also gave a huge reminder that cricket is a team game. news.com.au January 2, 2021 4:35PM Last updated January 2, 2021 7:55PM AEDT The Melbourne Stars have blown a golden opportunity for a BBL win, collapsing losing 6/26 as…

Glenn Maxwell has once again gone absolutely mental with a crazy display of hitting, but he also gave a huge reminder that cricket is a team game.

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January 2, 2021 4:35PM

Last updated January 2, 2021 7:55PM AEDT

The Melbourne Stars have blown a golden opportunity for a BBL win, collapsing losing 6/26 as the Hobart Hurricanes held on for a 21 run win.

The Stars were chasing 165 to win and were in cruise control with Glenn Maxwell flying past 50 off just 28 balls.

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But in the blink of an eye, the Stars stuttered when Nicholas Pooran was caught behind off Scott Boland for 14 to start the collapse.

The from 3/112 after 12.4 overs to limp to 9/143 off the 20 overs, having lost 6/26.

Maxwell, despite some lusty blows with five sixes, was gone three balls later. 

His 37-ball 70 looked to have been a match winning knock but the rest of the batsmen couldn’t get going as the bowler heavy side ran out of steam.

Glenn Maxwell in #bbl10

46 (26)
39 (29)
71no (47)
23 (20)
70 (37)

Runs: 249
Balls: 159
SR: 156.6 #SuperCoach average: 78.8

He’s a genius.

— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) January 2, 2021

This is some pristine batting by Maxwell. Just the ease and the ball hitting the middle and flying off it.

No wonder many keep backing him to come off like this.

— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 2, 2021

This is [another] special knock from Maxwell. #BBL10

— Alex Fair (@AJFair85) January 2, 2021

A sprained ankle for Nic Maddinson in the first over of the match proven costly as he twisted his ankle when he stepped on the boundary rope.

It left the Stars a batsman short and it saw the Hurricanes move back up to third on the ladder.

The Stars got off to a slow start having lost Marcus Stoinis and Andre Fletcher early and slumping to 3/40 before Maxwell took hold of the game.

Fletcher’s wicket was particularly disappointing as he was run out by a long way.

On 10 off seven balls he dropped the ball to backward point and straight to D’Arcy Short.

Inexplicably he called yes and appeared to give up halfway down the wicket.

“Horrible run, Andre Fletcher, what about the fielding from D’Arcy Short but that wasn’t even half a run,” Brendan Julian said.

“That’s just a mistake,” Mark Waugh said. “That’s just a brain fade. Cartwright should have called no, he ran as well. That’s a bad one.”

Later Waugh added that it was “awful”.

The rocket arm from D’Arcy Short runs out Fletcher and the Stars lose their second wicket #BBL10 pic.twitter.com/4wGRhQuyKr

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Earlier, Hurricanes import and the number one T20 batsman in the world, Englishman Dawid Malan slammed 75 off 56 balls to help the Hurricanes to 5/164.

After scores of 15 and 39, it was a big result as the Hurricanes consolidated its position in the top four.

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Glenn Maxwell is seeing the ball like a beach ball and has raced to 50 off 28 balls.

He’s hit some classic reverse sweep sixes and is on fire and making short work of the Hurricanes’ 5/164.

After 11.3 overs, the Stars are 3/105.


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West Indian star Andre Fletcher looked like he’d bring some flare to the top of the Stars order but so far he’s been a bit of a flop.

His no look six in his first game was a major highlight but since then his highlights reel has been filled with low lights.

And just after Marcus Stoinis was dismissed, he copped another bad one.

On 10 off seven balls he dropped the ball to backward point and straight to D’Arcy Short.

Inexplicably he called yes and appeared to give up halfway down the wicket.

“Horrible run, Andre Fletcher, what about the fielding from D’Arcy Short but that wasn’t even half a run,” Brendan Julian said.

“That’s just a mistake,” Mark Waugh said. “That’s just a brain fade. Cartwright should have called no, he ran as well. That’s a bad one.”

Later Waugh added that it was “awful”.

The rocket arm from D’Arcy Short runs out Fletcher and the Stars lose their second wicket #BBL10 pic.twitter.com/4wGRhQuyKr

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Brain fade from Fletcher, but absolutely brilliant work in the field from Short. #BBL10

— Alex Fair (@AJFair85) January 2, 2021

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It will be an interesting chase for the Stars with the Hurricanes hitting 5/164 from its 20 overs.

The world’s number one T20 batsman Dawid Malan finally showed what he could do with 75 off 56 balls.

Despite hitting seven fours and three sixes, Mark Waugh believes he wasn’t hitting it well, with fans in for a treat if he gets going.

But will it be enough against the Stars’ power hitters?


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D’Arcy Short has been the first wicket but it’s come in the more bizarre circumstances.

Glenn Maxwell bowled the second over dropping short and down the leg side with Short looking to sweep.

But he played straight over the top of it with the ball hitting his under arm, and bobbling back onto the stumps.

“D’Arcy Short cannot believe it, top of the pad, gone behind him, clipped the stumps, that is a bonus for the Stars,” Brendan Julian said on Fox Sports.

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He added: “It hasn’t gone his way all tournament so far, might turn around if they get to the finals.”

It didn’t appear as though Maxwell could believe the wicket either but kept the runs down.

After five overs, it was 1/32 with the Stars keeping well on top of the run rate.

It hasn’t all been good for the Stars with Nic Maddinson going down after spraining his ankle on the boundary rope.

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The Melbourne Stars have a slightly different look with Adam Zampa out of the clash in Hobart after being banned for swearing.

He will miss the match after he accepted a charge of “audible obscenity” in the Melbourne side’s 75-run loss to the Thunder.

After bowling a short ball, Callum Ferguson hit the ball deep into the outfield with one of his teammates misfielding a ball to give away a four.
Zampa appeared to say “f*** me”.

In a BBL statement, it was revealed that “Zampa was found guilty of a Level 1 offence under the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct and accepted a penalty of one suspension point and a $2500 fine.”

Coach David Hussey said Zampa was “very apologetic” and the Stars had “made a New Year’s resolution that no one’s ever going to swear on the field ever again”.

But while he’s out, the other side of Australian cricket’s greatest bromance Marcus Stoinis is back, although he won’t be bowling.

Sam Rainbird is also back in the BBL for his first game in over 2 years, while the Hurricanes have welcomed former Star Sandeep Lamichhane.

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