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Tassal Match Preview: Melbourne Stars vs. BBL Hurricanes

14 January 2019

The back story

We return across the Bass Strait for another crack at a Melbourne rival, our third inside seven matches in BBL|08.

The second didn't go as planned last Monday but after being three wickets down for not many, it was a performance full of fight to take the Renegades to the final set of six.

Yesterday's triple header led to some favourable results for us, meaning a return to the winner's column tonight will send us two wins clear with a game less played.

A loss would see us dragged back to the pack slightly.

Team Green have lost their stars to Australian duty while our Hurricanes will be at full strength having been overlooked for higher honours.

It's set to a warm night in the nation's sporting capital beside the first evening session of the Australian Open... can we sweep the Stars in Bailey's 50th?

Match Details

Melbourne Stars vs. Hobart Hurricanes
Monday 14 January 2019, 7:15pm
Melbourne Cricket Ground
LIVE on Seven Cricket and Fox Cricket

Stars squad: Nic Maddinson (C), Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Nick Larkin, Jonathan Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O'Connell
Liam Plunkett.

Hurricanes squad: Matthew Wade (C), Jofra Archer, George Bailey, Johan Botha, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, David Moody, Clive Rose, D'Arcy Short.

Form

Our hosts had a tough loss in Adelaide a few days ago but had hit their straps prior to then and sit as part of the log jam that has developed in the middle of the table.

Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa and Peter Handscomb are away with the Australian team and their shoes will be tough to fill, particularly when you factor in the loss of Sandeep Lamichhane (who was their trump card a few weeks ago in our home opener) to the Bangladesh Premier League too.

To the contrary, our side is settled without the loss of players to international duty and they'll be raring to go and put in a complete performance after a frustrating loss this time last week.

Will the short break be a blessing for our boys in purple?

Last time we met

Our Christmas Eve home opener! What a day that was.

Before the Tassal Family Christmas Carols, the Stars had posted a mildly competitive total in the 150s from the willow of Glenn Maxwell.

Their spin king Sandeep had us in a little trouble after a great opening stand but our middle order saw us home comfortably, eclipsing their total with eight balls to spare.

Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars Match Highlights

What's next?

A journey to the west. 

We'll be there for four nights from Tuesday before a return to the venue of our epic semi-final win from last season.

From Perth, we go to Adelaide and then Sydney before returning to Hobart next week. 

You can get your tickets to each of our remaining home matches below.

Tuesday 29 January vs. Brisbane Heat, 4:00pm, Blundstone Arena
Thursday 31 January vs. Adelaide Strikers, 7:30pm, University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston
Thursday 7 February vs. Melbourne Renegades, 7:30pm, Blundstone Arena