Brad Hodge scored a quickfire fifty to propel the score to close to 150 © Getty Images
Brad Hodge scored a quickfire fifty to propel the score to close to 150 © Getty Images

 

 

Feb 4, 2014

 

In the first semi-final of the Big Bash League 2014, Melbourne Stars, having won the toss against Hobart Hurricanes, decided to bat first at the MCG on Tuesday. After getting off to a sluggish start, they could manage a somewhat competitive score of 141 for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs.

 

Propelled by a quickfire fifty from Brad Hodge (51 off 35 balls) in the latter part of the innings, Melbourne Stars recovered after a rather slow start. The Hobart Hurricanes, on the other hand, would be really pleased with their bowling efforts — all their bowlers maintained a strict line and length, varied the pace cunningly and most importantly, all their bowling changes worked.

 

Young legspinner, Cameron Boyce was the pick of the lot, as he picked up three wickets, and conceded just 11 runs off his three overs. He was ably supported by the likes of Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus.

 

Stars skipper, Cameron White opened the innings with Luke Wright. They struggled early on, and then White lost his wicket in the third over to Shoaib Malik, who was brought on early into the attack just for that purpose.

 

The Melbourne outfit kept losing wickets at regular intervals, and couldn’t up the scoring rate as well. They had lost four wickets inside the first nine overs. Big hitter Glenn Maxwell hit a couple of boundaries, but couldn’t carry on. Nor could Matthew Wade or Luke Wright.

 

Then, David Hussey joined Hodge in the middle, as they stitched a splendid 50 plus run partnership in real quick time. Hussey (24) lost his cool and his wicket in the 17th over, when he tried to clear long on for a six off Boyce.

 

Hodge brought up his fifty in the 18th over off Bollinger, when he hit him for a four and a massive six off consecutive deliveries, and then off the third delivery, Bollinger got the better of Hodge, as he castled the veteran batsman.

 

Brief scores:

 

Melbourne Stars 141 for 8 in 20 overs (Brad Hodge 51, David Hussey 24; Cameron Boyce 3 for 11, Ben Laughlin 2 for 33) vs Hobart Hurricanes.

 

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