BBL 2013/14 Match 15: White and Maxwell crush Renegades

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White hammered 84 runs off 49 balls

Australia batsman Cameron White and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell both scored half-centuries as the Melbourne Stars crushed their arch-rivals the Melbourne Renegades by nine wickets at the Docklands Stadium.

White and Maxwell were well supported by pace bowler Jackson Bird, who took three wickets in one over.

Renegades captain Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat first.

However, he would have been pondering over whether he made the right decision as Jackson Bird dismissed Michael Hill, Jos Buttler and Ben Rohrer in the same over.

Finch and Tom Cooper stabilised the innings with a 102-run partnership, during which Cooper brought up his half-century, before being caught by Cameron White off the bowling of John Hastings.

Cooper’s fantastic knock of 60 came off 44 balls and included four boundaries and two sixes.

Peter Nevill was dismissed the very next over as he was caught by Bird at mid-off off the bowling of bowling of Lasith Malinga.

The Renegades ended up making 163 at the end of their 20 overs thanks to Finch’s unbeaten 84 off 55 ball, which included three boundaries and an incredible six maximums.

Bird was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Malinga and Hastings chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 164 to win, the Stars got off to an excellent start as their opening pair of White and Luke Wright amassed a 69-run partnership before Wright was caught by Hill at long-on off the bowling of Aaron O’Brien.

White and Maxwell took control from that point on as they put together a fantastic 98-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, to lead the Stars to a convincing nine-wicket win.

White finished on 84 off 49 balls, which included six boundaries and four sixes, while Maxwell remained undefeated on 58 off 28 deliveries, which included two boundaries and an unbelievable six maximums.

O’Brien was the only bowler to take a wicket.

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