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Heat Dusted By Shining Stars Duo

16 January 2022

The Stars tightened their grip on their BBL11 finals position with a t20 masterclass from veteran Glenn Maxwell and Englishman Joe Clarke.

Heat captain Jimmy Peirson elected to bat first on Sunday night and his opening pair were immediately off to a flyer, as Chris Lynn and Nathan McSweeney brought up the four-over PowerPlay (0-33) without a wicket lost; the first time in the Heat’s BBL11 season.

Lynny signalled his 100th BBL match intentions early, as he smoked a six off his second delivery. But the competition’s leading run-scorer was on his bike in the sixth, gone for 28 by Stars captain Glenn Maxwell.

Ahmed Danyal (1-30) enticed McSweeney in the 10th as he played and missed a beauty, sent back to the sheds for 20.

Maxwell took the catch of the summer, if not the catch of the KFC Big Bash League competition, to remove Sam Heazlett (9) at long on.

A flurry of runs came from our in-form Englishman Ben Duckett (51 off 42) late in the innings, bringing up his third BBL half century in just 10 matches, notably, his second against the Stars.

The Stars bowlers dominated our middle order, Pfeffer (11), Heazlett (9), Bazley (5), in the last five overs to steal momentum back from the Heat, restricting our boys in teal to 6-149 at the end of the 20 overs.

Aiming to cement their spot in the finals, the Stars were on point early on, as Maxwell promoted himself to opener alongside batting powerhouse Joe Clarke, and the two looked incredibly confident at the crease.

Mark Steketee (1-43) drew the first blood in Maxwell (37 off 30) but it was too little too late, as the opening pair put on the sixth highest BBL opening stand (0-104) that featured 13 boundaries and one six.

Clarke went swinging after his partner Maxwell departed, but the Englishman was sent packing shortly after, his admirable innings coming to an end at 62 off 36 balls.

The batting powerhouses of Hilton Cartwright (16*) and Marcus Stoinis (29*) were the ever present as the two guided the Stars home with six overs to spare.

The four-point win sees Melbourne side remain well in the hunt for finals action after the side finished seventh in BBL10.

The heartbreaking loss removes the Heat from all finals contention, with just two games left of our regular BBL11 season.

The Heat will meet the ladder-leading Perth Scorchers at Marvel Stadium tomorrow night, the team will then fly back home to the Gabba Wednesday for a rematch against the Sydney Sixers, which proved an edge-of-the seat thriller the last time these two met.