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Big Bash League, 1st Semi-Final: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars at Hobart, Feb 14, 2019

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Hobart Hurricanes 153/7

Melbourne Stars 157/4 (18.5/20 ov)

Melbourne Stars won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

Batsman R B S.R
Glenn Maxwell (rhb) 43 33 130.30
Peter Handscomb (rhb) 35 26 134.61
Bowller O M R W Econ
Qais Ahmad (lb) 4.0 0 33 3 8.25
Jofra Archer (lb) 4.0 0 33 1 8.25
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Melbourne Stars win by six wickets and are into the BBL final. They will play either the Renegades (at Marvel) or the Sixers (at the SCG). They were very good tonight, the tone was set by Dan Worrall’s new-ball burst then they knocked the runs off very sensibly, calmly finished by the stand between Glenn Maxwell and Seb Gotch. Qais Ahmad claimed three wickets but it was enough for Hobart so the table-topping side fall at the semi-finals. The debate will rumble on about whether there should be a second chance in such a long tournament. For now, though, it’s all about the Stars who are timing things just right at the end of the competition.

“Just so happy,” says Peter Handscomb. “We are a family and having so much fun. We’ve been hitting form at the right time, credit to Hobart they’ve had an incredible season. No nervous moments, we had it under control all the way. Not fussed either way [for the final] so we’ll take it as it comes.”

Simon: “Told you Maxi is more responsible now. Great for the Stars, and Australia!”

Glenn Maxwell “Amazing, as in previous years doesn’t matter where you finish in the top four. The way he [Worrall] got the wickets, thought he was really smart the way he stayed ahead of the game. I felt like we were in control, but those two [Bailey and McDermott] played really well. The timing when we got them out was key. I thought the way Marcus and Peter got out of the Powerplay [was very good]. I was throwing up if we should go right-left hand and my gut instinct was to go with Maddinson. His innings was key and changed the momentum, but pressure on the overseas pro. I had a bit of time to get into my innings, the guys around me played their perfectly. Seb Gotch was outstanding, kept the partnership flowing. I’d love to have an all-Melbourne final.”

Dan Worrall is Man of the Match “Pretty good night all in all, playing some good cricket at the end of the tournament. Feels good for any player [to be mentioned about the Ashes] but just have to play every game as well as you can. It’s a very fun dressing room, never a dull moment.”

We’ll wrap things up there for tonight, we’ll be back for the second semi-final between the Renegades and Sixers tomorrow night. For now, from Gnasher, it’s goodbye and thanks for joining us.

18.5 6 Faulkner to Gotch what a way to do it! Slower ball, full outside off, and Gotch drives it inside-out over extra cover SIX
18.4 4 Faulkner to Gotch backs away to a short ball and plays this brilliantly, upper cuts over point FOUR
18.3 1 Faulkner to Maxwell moves outside leg stump and thumps this one bounce to long-off 1 run
18.2 3 Faulkner to Gotch slower ball, full outside off, drilled to cover who parries it and probably saves the boundary, the return could bring a run out but Wade drops the ball at the stumps. Fast throw from Archer. Maxwell might have been safe anyway 3 runs

Stuart: “What incentive is there to win the league at the moment? There is no difference whether you win the league or finish second; both prizes are just a home semi final ”

18.1 1 Faulkner to Maxwell starts to move to leg then stays conventional, clipped to deep square leg 1 run

Can Faulkner produce a four-run over to give Hurricanes a chance?

End of Over No.18 142/4 This Over (4 runs)

Rahul: “I feel for Wade for not being selected for the national team, but this is terrible captaincy, isn’t it? He had to get a few over away earlier from the fifth bowling options. Or am I missing something here?” He gambled a bit. Felt he needed wickets.

17.6 0 Rose to Gotch tries to cut this away, it’s quite full, gets beaten no run
17.5 1 Rose to Maxwell short outside off, cut to deep cover, mix-up in the running but they are safe in the end 1 run
17.4 1 Rose to Gotch full, wide outside off, driven in the air but short of cover 1 run
17.3 1 Rose to Maxwell worked down the ground to long-on, that’s all they need to do 1 run

Crowd: 12,404

17.2 0 Rose to Maxwell goes for the reverse sweep, full outside off, doesn’t connect no run
17.1 1 Rose to Gotch round the wicket, driven down to long-off 1 run

It’s late, but here’s Clive Rose. George Bailey currently being assessed in the dressing room

End of Over No.17 138/4 This Over (12 runs)

That over has all-but killed off the match

16.6 4 Faulkner to Maxwell short, another slower ball, dragged down the leg side and helped round the corner with a pull FOUR
16.5 1 Faulkner to Gotch out of the back of the hand again, goes deep in the crease and works to midwicket 1 run
16.4 1 Faulkner to Maxwell back-of-the-hand slower ball, very full, driven to deep cover 1 run
16.3 1 Faulkner to Gotch short of a length, angled in at off stump, pushed to the off side 1 run
16.2 1 Faulkner to Maxwell back of a length, into the pads, worked to deep square 1 run
16.1 4 Faulkner to Maxwell round the wicket, short outside off, goes up and over backward point, fully in control. It’s running away from Hobart FOUR

Faulkner back

End of Over No.16 126/4 This Over (9 runs)

15.6 1 Archer to Maxwell full and straight, clipped off the toes to deep midwicket 1 run
15.5 4 Archer to Maxwell a short delivery at the body, slower delivery, superbly pulled away, splits the gap between deep midwicket and deep square FOUR

Sooryanarayanan: “Really pains to see an ever-smiling bloke like George Bailey showing pain on his face. Great commitment from him in that fielding effort. Hope he’ll be OK.”

15.4 1 Archer to Gotch short of a length outside off, angled to deep point 1 run
15.3 1 Archer to Maxwell goes for the yorker, it’s a low full toss, drilled very firmly towards mid-off 1 run
15.2 2 Archer to Maxwell length ball, wide outside off, immense power through the off side and it’s McDermott who again prevents the boundary 2 runs

Nick: “I was already feeling sad as a HH fan with the lack of bowling depth, and now Bailey is injured! ”

15.1 0 Archer to Maxwell a bouncer, ducks underneath no run

Bailey has just made it to the dressing room. Gets applause as he walks inside

Archer will return for his last over…last chance? FJ: “Those little things like Max’s mistimed heave falling safely and Gotch’s outside edge to Qais’ lovely quicker ball at stumps have sealed HH’s fate tonight. I wish they change the format and let the top team play the final directly instead of letting it succumb to one bad outing.”

End of Over No.15 117/4 This Over (7 runs)

14.6 1 Short to Maxwell very full, a low full toss I think, clipped off the toes to deep square leg 1 run
14.5 2 Short to Maxwell goes deep in the crease and pulls a ball from wide outside off through midwicket, good work by McDermott in the deep 2 runs
14.4 0 Short to Maxwell fuller, worked back to the bowler no run
14.3 1 Short to Gotch a big long hop but just a single as it’s pulled to deep midwicket 1 run
14.2 1 Short to Maxwell short again outside off, cut to deep cover 1 run

The game will resume as Bailey now manages to walk around the boundary, his arm in a sling made out of his top

14.1 2 Short to Maxwell short outside off, cracked off the back foot to deep cover…Bailey dives and pulls off a great save, but he’s down and holding his arm He’s in a lot of pain. Dislocation perhaps? He’s helped across the boundary and being seen to by medics. Shoulder by the looks of it. He’s struggling to walk at the moment. Lot of pain 2 runs

Short returns to the attack. dez: “Poor show from Wade tonight with bat & as captain. Bowling out Qais & Merideth is precisely what Stars would want him to do with the run rate under control. Why is Rose in the XI if he hasn’t bowled yet?”

End of Over No.14 110/4 This Over (6 runs)

13.6 0 Meredith to Gotch full outside off, 144kph, calmly drives Meredith’s last ball to cover no run

Score Cards

  • Bowling O M R W Econ
    JP Faulkner 3.5 0 46 0 12.00
    JC Archer 4 0 33 1 8.25
    RP Meredith 4 0 23 0 5.75 (1w)
    Qais Ahmad 4 0 33 3 8.25
    DJM Short 2 0 18 0 9.00
    CA Rose 1 0 4 0 4.00
  • Partnerships
    Wkt Runs Players
    1st 11 BR Dunk 9 MP Stoinis 2
    2nd 41 MP Stoinis 16 PSP Handscomb 24
    3rd 26 NJ Maddinson 18 PSP Handscomb 8
    4th 7 PSP Handscomb 3 GJ Maxwell 4
    5th 72* GJ Maxwell 39 SE Gotch 33
  • To bat
    Player Mat Runs HS Ave 100
    7. DJ Bravo 450 6298 70* 23.94 0
    8. EP Gulbis 52 475 61* 19.00 0
    9. A Zampa 115 138 17* 6.00 0
    10. DJ Worrall 19 49 16 16.33 0
    11. S Lamichhane 42 21 6* 10.50 0
  • Batting R B 4 6
    BR Dunk caught wk 9 3 1 0
    MP Stoinis bowled 18 20 1 1
    PSP Handscomb lbw 35 26 5 1
    NJ Maddinson caught 18 9 0 2
    GJ Maxwell not out 43 33 4 0
    SE Gotch not out 33 22 4 1
    DJ Bravo
    EP Gulbis
    A Zampa
    DJ Worrall
    S Lamichhane
    Extras (w 1) 1
    Total (4 wkts; 18.5 ovs) 157
  • Summary

    Sports Event
    1st Semi-Final Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars

    Location

    Bellerive Oval, Hobart,
    Hobart,Hobart,AUS
    Starting on
    Feb 14, 2019
    Ending on
    Feb 14, 2019
    Description
    Big Bash League, 1st Semi-Final: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars at Hobart, Feb 14, 2019.

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