The Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bowl against the Melbourne Stars on a well used pitch at the MCG. With finals in mind, the Hurricanes rested start bowlers Riley Meredith, Tom Rogers and held back Scott Boland, allowing opportunities for some of the younger players in the squad.
Sending the Stars out to bat brought Glenn Maxwell to the crease in his 100th BBL game, and the crowd favorite wasted no time doing what he does best.
An expensive second over from D’Arcy Short saw Maxwell bomb balls to the fence to the delight of the crowd, and it was a sign of things to come. Partnered with Joe Clarke, Maxwell began putting on one of the greatest displays of hitting in BBL history.
In just 20 balls Maxwell brought up his 50, taking to the Hurricanes bowlers with absolute ease. No part of the rope was safe as Maxwell played both sides of the wickets, pull shots, reverse sweeps and everything in between.
When Clarke departed on 35, furious hitting from Maxwell ensured the Stars were already 1-97, and though Nick Larkin came in to join him, he was merely a spectator as Maxwell continued his charge. Boundary after boundary came from the bat of the superstar as he reached a magnificent century, the second fastest in the history of the BBL.
Larkin fell and Stoinis replaced him, who was in no mood to mess around either. The power hitter matched Maxwell six for six and shot for shot, as the ‘Canes had no answer for the pair. Maxwell was unstoppable as he moved into the 140s, and eventually to 149, breaking the record for the highest score in BBL history, fittingly set by his partner Stoinis.
Stoinis reached his own 50 shortly after, and the pair continued their rampage right until the end, finishing 2-273, the highest total in the history of the Big Bash and setting an impossible target for the Hurricanes. Maxwell finished on a glorious 154* - in an innings that included 22 fours and 4 sixes - while Stoinis finished 75* off just 31 deliveries; a superb cameo that on any other night would have stolen the show.
Jewell and McDermott came to the crease and began positively, with McDermott playing his usual game. Jewell fell cheaply, but McDermott continued to swing for the fences, and with his second six, recorded his 100th six in the Big Bash, a tremendous achievement.
Jordan Thompson was a six and out, and Matthew Wade departed for 10 as McDermott almost singlehandedly led the Hurricanes to 3-67. D’Arcy Short joined him and the two began to build a solid partnership, as McDermott bombed another six on route to raising the bat for yet another 50.
Sadly, he was to fall on 55 – an excellent knock once again from the in-form ma - and at 4-94, Pete Handscomb and Short set about putting forward a decent total. Handscomb played aggressively, including an excellent six down the ground, to make a quick 28 off 18 balls before being dismissed.
Tim David showed his strength with a long bomb before being caught on 13, and Mitch Owen was present despite not facing a ball as the innings ended at 6-167, with Short on an unbeaten 41*.
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