Tell us what you think of the new cricket section at

Don't show again

Day 1 of 1
Melbourne Stars win by 13 runs

Stars vs Thunder

KFC Big Bash: Melbourne Stars reach semis with 13-run win over Sydney Thunder

Brad Hodge: Top-scored for Melbourne Stars against Sydney Thunder with 39

Chris Gayle: Hit 65 and took two wickets for Sydney Thunder in the defeat

Melbourne Stars qualified for the semi-finals of the Big Bash League with a 13-run win over rock bottom Sydney Thunder.

The hosts posted 145-8 from their 20 overs, with Brad Hodge and David Hussey top-scoring on 39 and 32 respectively, while Chris Gayle took two late wickets.

In reply, the Thunder threw away a great chance to post their first victory in this year's tournament, needing just 39 runs from 30 balls with five wickets remaining.

Skipper Gayle had put the visitors into a strong position, hitting 65 from just 43 balls, including four sixes and six fours, before being caught by Glenn Maxwell off Dmitri Mascarenhas to leave the score at 91-3.

Tight bowling and fielding left Thunder needing 24 runs from 10 balls before Gurinder Sandhu hit a two and a four off John Hastings to leave the visitors needing an improbable 18 off the last over.

So it proved, with Sandu and Luke Doran being caught off the final over from James Faulkner, who finished with 3-24 as Thunder were all out with two balls to spare.

The result sees the Stars post their fifth win of the competition and join rivals Melbourne Renegades in the last four.

Will Alex Hales shine in the Big Bash?

  • Yes
  • No

Match Details

8th Jan 2013
Melbourne Stars won the toss and elected to bat.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
G C Joshua and M D Martell


Batsman R
Gayle c Maxwell b A.D. Mascarenhas 65
S.J.C. Keen c White b Faulkner 4
Prior c J M Bird b C.J. McKay 7
Khawaja c B.J. Hodge b J M Bird 23
S.A. Abbott c J M Bird b Maxwell 3
Cosgrove run out 8
Carters c Hussey b A.D. Mascarenhas 2
A. Zampa c B.J. Hodge b Hastings 8
Sandhu c Quiney b Faulkner 6
L.A. Doran c A.D. Mascarenhas b Faulkner 4
Extras 1b, 1lb 2
Total All Out, 19.4 Overs 132
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Faulkner 3.4 0 24 3
J M Bird 4 0 20 1
Hastings 3 0 33 1
A.D. Mascarenhas 4 0 27 2
C.J. McKay 4 0 21 1
Maxwell 1 0 5 1
Full Bowling Card