Hobart Hurricanes 188-4 (20.0)
Melbourne Stars 191-3 (17.3)
The Melbourne Stars recorded got their BBL06 campaign off to the perfect start with an impressive 7 wicket victory over the Hobart Hurricanes.
Glenn Maxwell and Rob Quiney secured the win for the Stars, despite Tim Paine’s best efforts.
D’Arcy Short had been the hero of the piece on his debut, but failed to replicate his heroics here.
Ben Hilfenhaus bowled Short with his first delivery, and Dom Michael the very next ball, to leave the Hurricanes in a spot of bother at 6-2.
Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara (15) made a promising start, only to be dismissed off the bowling of Glenn Maxwell before he could do any real damage to the Stars’ attack.
Tim Paine had stood and watched at the other end as the wickets tumbled, now joined at the crease by George Bailey.
The pair batted sensibly together, both making excellent half-centuries.
Paine continued his good form adding to his efforts in the previous fixture, hitting a brilliant 91 (61) before Hilfenhaus picked up his third wicket of the innings.
Bailey showed all his class and experience, supporting Paine well throughout the partnership. He finished unbeaten on 74* (46), as the Hurricanes made a strong finish to their innings.
The Stars made light work of what might have been a difficult total to chase down.
The ever-reliable Luke Wright made a good start to his BBL06 campaign, making 48 before he missed a straight one off Adam Zampa.
Rob Quiney, now opening the batting for the Stars, was exceptional. The left-hander bludgeoned his way to a brutal 75 (43), before he was caught in the deep off Stuart Broad.
Skipper David Hussey joined a free-flowing Maxwell at the crease and fell to an excellent catch from Sangakkara, but the game was as good as over.
Maxwell (58*) showed signs of returning to his best form with a high-quality half century, mainly at the expense of Shaun Tait, whose bowling figures of 0/56 made for ugly reading.
Fittingly it was Maxwell who finished off proceedings with a 4 over the off-side, as the Stars won at a canter.