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Twitter Reactions: Melbourne Stars ease past Perth Scorchers to extend winning-streak

The Stars have nearly confirmed a top-spot finish by the end of the round-robin stage.

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Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Melbourne Stars were made to work hard by the Perth Scorchers at the iconic MCG. But such has been the hosts’ form that Glenn Maxwell had the rub of the green going in their favour. The Stars defeated the Scorchers by 10 runs to registered their 10th victory of the ongoing BBL. For Mitchell Marsh and Co, they keep hanging in the middle of the points table with 10 points from 11 games.

Cartwright holds his ground

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Stars lost the in-form Marcus Stoinis to Matt Kelly. The move to send Nathan Coulter-Nile as a pinch-hitter didn’t work as he became Kelly’s second victim. Fawad Ahmed joined the party and got rid of Nic Maddinson in the eighth over with the score at 35. From there on, Glenn Maxwell (25) and Hilton Cartwright (58) tried to build some momentum.

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The duo put on 47 runs, though their stand came off 38 balls. Kelly picked up his third wicket in the form of Maxwell, putting more pressure on the Stars’ batting. Nick Larkin (24) joined Cartwright in the middle and the pair added 50 runs for the fifth wicket. Jhye Richardson nipped out Larkin in the penultimate over, but Cartwright remained unbeaten. The opener took the Stars to 141 in 20 overs.

Scorchers stumble

Josh Inglis started the visitors’ run-chase with a couple of fours before Daniel Worrall castled him. Liam Livingstone (18) and Cameron Bancroft (32) kept chipping away at the target with a 30-run stand. But Sandeep Lamichhane accounted for Livingstone’s wicket after which Mitchell Marsh fell to a run out. From there, the Scorchers lost regular wickets, though the required rate was in check.

Nic Maddinson got rid of the well-set Bancroft with the visitors still needing 58 runs off 31 balls. Kurtis Paterson threw his bat around to score 20 off 17 with a couple of fours. However, once Maxwell got rid of him, the other batters couldn’t pose much of a threat. In the end, the Scorchers ended their innings on 131. For the Stars, Maddinson was the most successful bowler with three scalps.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to the Stars’ victory: –

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