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Melbourne Stars win by 20 runs

Stars vs Perth

Big Bash League: Melbourne Stars captain Brad Hodge leads from the front

Brad Hodge celebrates his half-century against the Perth Scorchers

A captain's knock from Brad Hodge helped the Melbourne Stars to a 20-run victory over the Perth Scorchers.

Hodge smashed 61 of 43 deliveries at the top of the order to provide the backbone to Melbourne's total of 161-6.

And the target proved to be too much for the Scorchers, with wickets falling at regular intervals as they fell short at 141-9.

The Stars had been rocking at 51-3 as Luke Wright, Mohammad Hafeez and David Hussey fell cheaply.

A 60-run stand in six overs between Hodge and Marcus Stoinis (25) turned the tide. Peter Handscomb also added a quick-fire 25, including two sixes, to see the Stars set the testing total.

Perth got off to a stuttering start in reply as Craig Simmons fell in the first over, while Mitchell Marsh and Sam Whiteman both failed to build on starts.

From 38-3, Adam Voges and Simon Katich attempted to claw the Scorchers back into the game.

The duo put on 54 runs for the fourth wicket but the departure of Voges for 29 was the beginning of the end.

Katich fought determinedly for 30, while Jason Behrendorff smashed 26 off just 16 balls but John Hastings (3-20) and Daniel Worrell (2-29) managed to see the Stars to victory.

Match Details

Date
27th Jan 2014
Toss
Melbourne Stars won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Umpires
G A Abood, G C Joshua
TV Umpire
S J Nogajski
Match Referee
D J Harper
Reserve Umpire
P J Gillespie

perth BATTING CARD

Batsman R
C.J. Simmons c Rose b Worrall 2
M.R. Marsh c Wright b Hastings 15
S.M. Whiteman run out (Wright) 17
A.C. Voges c Worrall b Hastings 29
S.M. Katich c Hafeez b Rose 30
A.J. Turner b Hastings 1
P.J. Cummins c Wright b Worrall 7
J.P. Behrendorff c Rose b Boland 26
A.C. Thomas run out (Rose) 3
G.B. Hogg Not out 8
Extras 3w, 3
Total 20.0 Overs 141 - 9
Full Batting Card

stars BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
D.J. Worrall 4 0 29 2
S.M. Boland 4 0 34 1
C.A. Rose 4 0 25 1
J.W. Hastings 4 0 20 3
M. Hafeez 3 0 22 0
M.P. Stoinis 1 0 11 0
Full Bowling Card