Glenn ‘The Big Show’ Maxwell was at his finest form for the Melbourne Stars although his team couldn’t make it to the qualifiers of BBL|11.
He put his heart and soul in the final league game for his team as he battered the Hobart Hurricanes’ bowlers with his highest individual score of 154 not out of 64 balls.
The Melbourne Stars also reached the highest score of 273/2.
Maxwell also went past Marcus Stoinis’ record of 147 not out in BBL|09.
It was a coincidence when Maxwell hit his highest individual score, his partner at the other end happened to be Stoinis. The two shared a gloved punch after this achievement.
The only teams who have managed to put up big scores in T20 cricket worldwide are Afghanistan and the Czech Republic who both have the highest team score of 278.
The win has given the Melbourne Stars a clean record of 7-7, better than Adelaide Strikers’ 6-8 who managed to finish in the top four because of their 10 Bash Boost points accumulated in their 14 matches.
Stoinis in the post-match interview said,
We pretty much just spoke about Maxi before the game and that it was his 100th game, what a great achievement.
It was nice to watch Maxi do his thing… put such a good show on for the crowd. Nice for Joe (Clarke) to get off to a brilliant start again, we’ve found a really good player here.
Maxwell amassed 468 runs this season, second to Ben McDermott.
Joe Clarke made 35 runs in the match while Nick Larkin couldn’t get going as he made only 3 runs. But Stoinis and Maxwell put the Stars in a strong position.
Innings story of the Hobart Hurricanes
Ben McDermott again gave a solid start to the Hurricanes, but as he saw the wickets falling around him, he himself fell in the 12th over.
The second-highest scorer for the Hurricanes was D’Arcy Short who smashed 41 not out as the Hurricanes could manage only 167/6.
Brody Couch ended his season with 3-30 and had a total of 16 wickets.
The Stars will now better prepare for the next season of the BBL.
For the Hurricanes, they still have a chance to see themselves inching closer to the final as they face Strikers at MCG on Friday.
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