Glenn Maxwell’s all-out attack on Hobart has earned him and the Melbourne Stars the biggest scores in BBL history, with a 106-run thrashing of the Hurricanes on the eve of the playoffs. Glenn Maxwell smashed an undefeated 154 from 64 balls at the MCG, slamming 22 boundaries and four sixes in the competition’s most devastating performance of hitting in history.
Glenn Maxwell smashes BBL Records
It contributed to the Stars’ record total of 273-2, which was 41 points more than the second-greatest in BBL history and the third most in any franchise or international T20 game in history. Only Afghanistan’s and the Czech Republic’s totals have been greater, with those games against fellow minnows Ireland and Turkey. After the Hurricanes rested Scott Boland and Riley Meredith, Glenn Maxwell’s total was the sixth-highest in T20 history.
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The Hurricanes were controlled by the star batsman all over the wicket, with the shot of the night an incredible switch-hit flick over fly-slip for six. His century was the second-fastest in BBL history, arriving in 41 balls, only two balls slower than Craig Simmons’ 39-ball performance in 2014. The right-hander scored 21 runs off one D’Arcy Short over and five boundaries off another from Sandeep Lamichhane. Marcus Stoinis, on the other hand, finished undefeated on 75 from 31 balls.
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Stoinis showed no compassion against the Hurricanes on the same night he lost his record for the best score in BBL history. He smashed six balls over the rope and took 26 off a Tim David over, as no Hurricanes bowler went below a 10 economy rate. In response, Hobart never appeared interested in chasing, finishing at 167-6, with Ben McDermott leading the way with 55 points from 33 attempts.
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Maxwell’s knock will be a terrific ‘what if?’ moment for Stars supporters, who concluded the season 7-7 and with two defeats despite missing the majority of their team with Covid-19. “The disappointment of the previous week most likely resulted in us playing with complete freedom,” Glenn Maxwell said. “It’s been a really difficult year. I’ve had a lot of injuries, and Covid, and almost every outcome has gone against us. A lot of things have to fall into place for it to happen.
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“I had a lot of help the entire time.”Meanwhile, the Hurricanes’ setback means they will still finish fifth and play Adelaide in an eliminator on Friday, but their momentum has been severely harmed. The first three finals will be held in Melbourne, with the challenger and decider taking place at home. Perth will play its home games at Marvel Stadium while remaining outside of Western Australia.
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