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Daniel Worrall took a four-wicket haul to help the Melbourne Stars beat the Hobart Hurricanes by six wickets and qualify for the Big Bash League final.
Opting to bowl first, Worrall got an early breakthrough for the Stars as he had Hurricanes captain Matthew Wade caught behind for two runs.
Worrall struck again five balls later as he clean bowled Caleb Jewell for one run.
D’Arcy Short, who opened the batting with Wade, managed to hammer a quickfire 35 before he was caught by Seb Gotch at long-on off the bowling of Adam Zampa.
George Bailey and Ben McDermott steadied things with an unbeaten 75-run partnership before Bailey was removed by Worrall for 37.
McDermott went on to score a 42-ball 53, which included two boundaries, before he was caught by Stars captain Glenn Maxwell at deep midwicket off the bowling of Dwyane Bravo.
With Simon Milenko being trapped lbw off the bowling of Worrall and James Faulkner being run out for four runs, the Hurricanes finished on 153/7.
Worrall was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Zampa and Bravo chipped in with one wicket apiece.
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Chasing 154 to win, the Stars were dealt an early blow as opener Ben Dunk was caught behind off the bowling of Jofra Archer for nine runs.
Marcus Stoinis mustered 19 runs before he was clean bowled by Qais Ahmad, who also took out Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson in quick succession.
Despite Qais’ triple strike, Maxwell and Gotch finished things off with an unbeaten 72-run partnership.
Maxwell finished on 43, which came off 33 balls and included four boundaries, while Gotch remained undefeated on 33, which came off 22 deliveries and included four boundaries and a six.
Qais was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Archer claimed one.
Worrall was named Man of the Match.