Marcus Stoinis’ near-century, gravity-defying Andre Fletcher script Melbourne Stars victory

Melbourne Stars 6 for 183 (Stoinis 97*, Cartwright 36, Ellis 3-31, Meredith 2-25) beat Hobart Hurricanes 6 for 173 (McDermott 91, Rainbird 2-22) by 10 runs

A brilliant innings at the top of the Melbourne Stars order from Marcus Stoinis was matched by an equally astonishing effort from Ben McDermott, but Stoinis’ 55-ball 97* did the job for the Stars in a high-scoring victory over the Hobart Hurricanes.

Stoinis batted through the innings for his near-century, while McDermott looked set to also bat through and take the Hurricanes to a barnstorming victory, until he was out for 91 off 58 with six balls to go in the chase. McDermott’s innings ended only because of a superlative catch by Andre Fletcher on the boundary, his second such effort of the evening. Fletcher’s defying of gravity while flying to his right and left was as crucial to securing victory for the Stars as Stoinis’ innings.

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