KFC BBL|08

Maxwell magic puts Stars into semi-finals

10 February 2019

Sparkling game from Glenn Maxwell lifts Melbourne Stars into BBL top four as Sydney Sixers blow chance to host a semi-final

Glenn Maxwell has delivered a stunning batting performance to propel Melbourne Stars into the KFC BBL finals and deny Sydney Sixers a home semi-final.

Maxwell's stunning knock of 82 off 43 balls in Sunday afternoon's do-or-die regular season finale at the MCG paved the way for a dominant 94-run win.

Set a target of 169, the hapless Sixers were skittled for just 74 as Nepalese legspinner Sandeep Lamicchane snared 3-11.

The win lifts the Stars above Brisbane Heat to a fourth-placed finish and a semi-final against minor premiers Hobart Hurricanes.

It also takes Melbourne Renegades above the Sixers to second on the ladder, meaning they will host the second semi-final against the Sixers.

The Sixers had needed to score at least 107 to keep their net run rate above that of the Renegades but weren't up to the task.

Maxwell stuns with allround performance

Maxwell was contained early but, remarkably, scored his final 65 runs off just 23 balls, including three sixes in the final over from Ben Dwarshuis.

His spectacular knock came to an end off the final ball of the innings when he was caught at mid off, again attempting to clear the boundary rope.

Incredibly, the Stars were 4-101 at the 16-over mark before Maxwell turned the match on its head.

Incredibly, the Stars were 4-101 at the 16-over mark before Maxwell took on returning Test spinner Nathan Lyon and turned the match on its head.

"It was probably now or never," Maxwell said.

"I took a massive risk. It was into the wind ... I don't normally charge spinners but I just went at him and hoped I could get off the length.

"Luckily enough, I got it out of the middle and, from there, I was able to get some momentum."

Lyon undone by horror bat bounce

Sent in to bat by Sixers captain Moises Henriques, the hosts would have been in serious trouble early if not for a pair of inexplicable fielding blunders by Tom Curran in the first over.

The England international had two opportunities to catch Marcus Stoinis at mid on but, both times, misread the flight of the ball and failed to launch.

Stoinis (34) and Peter Handscomb (35) both dug in but were unable to score freely against the quality of returning Test spinner Nathan Lyon and veteran Steve O'Keefe.

Dwayne Bravo fared even worse, dismissed for a diamond duck after a bizarre run out.

Bravo tripped up for diamond duck

The former West Indies' captain lost his footing while running from the non-striker's end and was given out after diving across the crease without his bat.

Just three Sixers batsmen managed to reach double figures with Daniel Hughes' 12 the top score.

Stars: Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddison, Dwayne Bravo, Seb Gotch, Jackson Bird, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichhane, Daniel Worrall

Sixers: Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Steve O'Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Ben Dwarshuis, Lloyd Pope

 

League Ladder

Last 5
P
Pts
1
HURRICANES
14
20
2
RENEGADES
14
16
3
SIXERS
14
16
4
STARS
14
14
5
HEAT
14
13
6
THUNDER
14
13
7
STRIKERS
14
12
8
SCORCHERS
14
8

Batting

Most Runs

D'Arcy Short

637


Matthew Wade

592


Marcus Stoinis

494


Callum Ferguson

442


Daniel Hughes

399


Bowling

Most Wickets

Kane Richardson

24


Sean Abbott

22


Steve O'Keefe

21


Josh Lalor

20


Tom Curran

20




Filed Under

Melbourne Stars Men

Sydney Sixers Men

KFC BBL|08