BBL 2014/15 3rd Match: Wells and Hilfenhaus hand Melbourne second straight loss

Wells struck four boundaries and a six during his superb innings of 68

Wells struck four boundaries and a six during his superb innings of 68

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Hobart Hurricanes batsman Jonathan Wells hammered 68 runs and pace bowler Ben Hilfenhaus took four wickets to crush the Melbourne Stars by 52 runs.

However, Melbourne captain Cameron White deserves a lot of credit for his valiant knock of 62.

White would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first after it took Jackson Bird only four balls to dismiss Hurricanes opener Alex Hales for a duck.

Tim Paine scored 19 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of John Hastings.

Hurricanes skipper George Bailey failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Kevin Pietersen at mid-on off the bowling of Hastings for two runs.

Wells and Ben Dunk stabilised the innings with a 90-run partnership, during which Wells brought up his half-century, before Dunk was caught by Glenn Maxwell at deep midwicket off the bowling of James Faulkner for 43.

Wells went on to score 68 off 44 balls, which included four boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Maxwell off the bowling of Hastings.

Thanks to Darren Sammy’s unbeaten knock of 38, which came off 12 deliveries and included four boundaries and three sixes, the Hurricanes finished on 190/5 off their 20 overs.

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

Chasing 191 to win, the Stars got off to a poor start as opening batsman Luke Wright was caught by Dunk at mid-on off the bowling of Joe Mennie for 13.

Pietersen only made one run before he was caught by Dunk at mid-on off the bowling of Hilfenhaus.

Maxwell scored 12 runs before he was caught by Xavier Doherty at mid-on off the bowling of Hilfenhaus.

David Hussey fared no better as he was caught by Sammy at backward point off the bowling of Cameron Boyce for 11 runs.

White managed to make 62 off 48 balls, which included five boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Sammy at extra cover off the bowling of Doherty.

White's valiant knock of 62 went in vain

White’s valiant knock of 62 went in vain

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Tom Triffitt accumulated three runs before he was caught by Bailey at mid-off off the bowling of Hilfenhaus.

Faulkner made a quickfire 20 before he was clean bowled by Mennie.

Hastings made six runs before he was caught by Bailey at midwicket off the bowling of Hilfenhaus.

Bird failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Bailey off the bowling of Mennie for a golden duck.

Due to the late flurry of wickets, the Stars ended up making 138/9 off their 20 overs.

Hilfenhaus was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Mennie snapped up three and Doherty and Boyce claimed one wicket each.

Hilfenhaus finished with figures of 4-27 off four overs

Hilfenhaus finished with figures of 4-27 off four overs

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In a rather surprising move, Sammy edged out Wells and Hilfenhaus for the Man of the Match award.

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