Clarke, Cartwright shine as Stars register another win

Clarke, Cartwright shine as Stars register another win

Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat, 23rd Match (N), Brisbane, Dec 27 2021, Big Bash League

Match Result: Stars won by 20 runs

Player of the Match: Joe Clarke

Match Report:  No one would have imagined Stars smashing their third highest BBL score after they were down to 3 for 16 in the third over, including the crucial wickets of Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell. The team was in danger of being bowled out but overseas English player Clarke was not pressurised by the circumstance and effectively counterattacked.

He was soon matched by Cartwright as they smashed their way out of trouble and never let up in a golden run that yielded as many as 13 sixes. Perhaps the most impressive of them was Clarke’s courageous ramp off James Bazley in the 12th over as the duo traded blows. They hit almost every shot imaginable to crush Heat’s spirit and at one point looked good to surpass BBL record total of 5 for 232 set by Sydney Thunder last season.
 
But the fireworks finally ended when Cartwright holed out in the 15th over and then Andre Russell fell for a second ball duck in his final game of the season. Stars’ total still proved more than enough although a hamstring injury to Clarke, who did not take his place behind the stumps during Heat’s innings, will be cause for of worry.
 
Joe Clarke | Player of the Match: (on his hamstring) I was running with Hilton Cartwright, he’s one of the quickest blokes! Hopefully will be fine for next game. Hilton made it a lot easier for me, hitting the ball from the start. To get the score from where we were, we were very happy.
 
The power surge is such a talked about subject in the change room, we felt like we gained some momentum and wanted to take it, it came in our favour. (On Dre Russ leaving) He’s always going to be a big miss in any team around the world. Was a pleasure to play with him.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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