Melbourne Stars beat Sydney Thunder by 28 runs in the BBL 09 Challenger play-off
Melbourne Stars won the BBL 09 Challenger play-off today against Sydney Thunder by 28 runs, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.
Melbourne Stars 194 - 2 (20 Ovs) – (Marcus Stoinis 83, Nick Larkin 83*; Chris Morris 2-30)
Sydney Thunder 166-8 (20 Ovs) – (Khawaja 23, Alex Ross 51, Arjun Nair 30; Haris Rauf 3-17, Nathan Coulter-Nile 2-29, Adam Zampa 2-43)
Result - Melbourne Stars won by 28 runs
Melbourne Stars won the toss and decided to bat against Sydney Thunder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne today in the Challenger play-off.
Melbourne Stars scored a competitive 194 - 2 in their 20 Overs with Marcus Stoinis 83 and Nick Larkin 83* the stars with the bat and Chris Morris 2-30 the pick of the bowlers for Sydney Thunder.
In reply, Sydney Thunder fought hard all the way, despite Alex Hales being run out early on. Usman Khawaja 23, Alex Ross 51, Arjun Nair 30 and Chris Morris 21 all chipping in, however, they fell 28 runs short in the run chase with Haris Rauf 3-17, Nathan Coulter-Nile 2-29 and Adam Zampa 2-43 the wicket takers for the Melbourne Stars.
Nick Larkin was adjudged Player of the Match for his 83*(49 balls inc 9x4s and 3x6s)
The Stars go through to BBL 09 Final on Saturday against the Sydney Sixers.
Melbourne Stars - Marcus Stoinis, Seb Gotch(wk), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell(c), Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint Hinchliffe, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Haris Rauf
Sydney Thunder - Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson(c), Alex Ross, Arjun Nair, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Jay Lenton(wk), Nathan McAndrew, Chris Tremain, Jono Cook
Start Time: 08:40
Toss: Melbourne Stars won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Officials: Gerard Abood, Shawn Craig, Paul Wilson, Phillip Gillespie, Daryl Harper
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