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All-round brilliance help Stars open account with a comprehensive victory

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Melbourne Stars secured a 38-run victory over Hobart Hurricanes in Match 4 of the Big Bash League 2022 on Friday at MCG. 

Clarke's century propels Stars to a strong total

Invited to bat first, the Stars were off to a quick start with their opening pair, Joe Clarke and Thomas Rogers. The duo added 54 runs in less than six overs before Rogers (20) perished to Shadab Khan. 

Afterwards, Beau Webster provided good support with a knock of 24 to continue the team's momentum. It was the 57-run stand between Cartwright (17) and Clarke which paved way for Stars to post 183 on the board.  

Clarke remained unbeaten on 101 off 66, with nine fours and four maximums. Riley Meredith was the pick of the bowlers for Hurricanes with two scalps. 

Proficient Stars bowlers skittle Hurricanes line-up

Although the total was big, the explosive Hurricanes batters were expected to give a tough fight. However, Ben McDermott (17) and D'Arcy Short(15) could not convert their starts and fell to Luke Wood and Adam Zampa respectively. 

Nathan Coulter Nile picked key wickets of Matthew Wade (35) and Shadab Khan (7) in quick succession. Afterwards, Wood and Zampa picked two more wickets each as  Tim David (24) and James Neesham (17) could only help Hurricanes to score 145. 

Brief Scores: 

Melbourne Stars - 183/5 (20)

Joe Clarke 101* (66), Beau Webster 24 (22);
Riley Meredith 2/38

Hobart Hurricanes - 145/9 (20)

Matthew Wade 35 (35), Tim David 24 (17);
Luke Wood 3/25, Adam Zampa 3/27

Result: Melbourne Stars won by 38 runs

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