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Rob Quiney sets up comfortable win for Melbourne Stars

Glenn Maxwell scored an unbeaten 58 off just 29 deliveries
Glenn Maxwell scored an unbeaten 58 off just 29 deliveries

Melbourne Stars 191-3 (Quiney 75) beat
Hobart Hurricanes 188-4 (Paine 91) by seven wickets
Sixth match, Big Bash League, Bellerive Oval

Rob Quiney scored a blistering 75 to help Melbourne Stars open their Big Bash League campaign with a convincing seven-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes in the sixth game of the tournament at Bellerive Oval.

Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat first. The second over bowled by Ben Hilfenhaus (3-38) saw both D'Arcy Short (0) and Dom Michael (0) dismissed off successive deliveries.

The wickets continued to tumble as Kumar Sangakkara (15) holed out to long off trying to hit Glenn Maxwell (1-12). Hobart Hurricanes were 32 for three at that stage.

Tim Paine (91) and George Bailey (74 not out) scored three boundaries and a six combined to take Hobart Hurricanes to 81 for three at half-way mark.

Paine completed his fifty off 41 deliveries while Bailey soon began to take control. The pair smashed Adam Zampa (0-41) for two sixes in the 15th over and brought their 100-run stand. The onslaught continued as they plundered four boundaries in the next over to bring the 150 for the Hurricanes.

Paine fell in the penultimate over missing out on a deserving century but Bailey ensured Hobart Hurricanes posted 188 for four in the 20 overs.

Melbourne Stars openers Quiney (75) and Luke Wright (48) started the innings with a bang scoring nine boundaries in the powerplay by the end of which they were 62 for naught. During that phase, Wright also had a reprieve when Paine missed a stumping.

Cameron Boyce (1-39) broke the 88-run opening stand when he castled Wright but Quiney was given company by Glenn Maxwell (58 not out) and the pair gave no respite for the Hobart Hurricanes bowlers.

Quiney reached his fifty off 32 deliveries and were dealing in sixes as the required run rate came under six.

With 29 runs needed off the final five overs, Quiney holed out to deep midwicket off Stuart Broad (2-35), who also removed David Hussey (1) in his next over, caught brilliantly by Sangakkara.

However, Maxwell ensured there was no slip up as he raced to a blistering fifty and also completed a seven wicket win for Melbourne Stars.

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