Rollicking Wright shoots Stars to win

English opener blasts century to down Renegades in front of 80,883 at the MCG

Adam Burnett

02 January 2016, 09:14 PM

Luke Wright's match-winning knock

The match in a tweet: Derby delight! Stars chase down 162 to shine bright in front of 80,883, downing neighbours Renegades thanks to a rollicking Wright ton #BBL05

The hero: Luke Wright was Mr Consistent for the Stars throughout the first four Big Bash seasons but he'd been quiet this time around … until tonight. With usual superstars Kevin Pietersen (six) and Glenn Maxwell (22) only featuring briefly, the stage was set for unsung Englishman Wright. He warmed into his innings but when the situation called for it, he exploded with a raft of fours and sixes – including one to bring up three figures. It was experienced, class batting on the big stage, and given the incredible atmosphere at the 'G, a century the opening batsman will savour well after his playing days are done.

WATCH: Wright brings up ton in style

The moment: Wright was already 64 but the match was just heating up when he offered a catch to a diving Tom Beaton at long on, who couldn't handle the hot chance. The ball went for four, the next two were sent into the stands, and the match balance had irrevocably swung.

WATCH: Beaton puts down Wright in the outfield

The victim: Poor Xavier Doherty! With the above sequence, a crucial wicket suddenly became 16 runs in the space of three balls. Having sat out against the Scorchers for the inclusion of Nathan Hauritz, Doherty could've done with the slice of fortune – instead he finished with the unflattering figures of 0-43 from four.

The support cast: What a performance from John Hastings. The all-action paceman returned from a shoulder injury in style, capturing 4-29 from his four overs to restrict the Renegades. Handy knocks also from Maxwell and Pete Handscomb, who both contributed in critical partnerships with Wright.

WATCH: Hastings on fire at the 'G

The consolation effort: With the Renegades' two big guns back in the sheds at 2-66 in the 10th over, Cameron White took it upon himself to take control of the innings, hammering consecutive straight sixes from leg-spinner Adam Zampa and going on to brilliantly combine brute force and innovation in a critical 54 (39) for his team. The former Stars captain was a man with a point to prove, and batting brilliantly to give his side a competitive total. 

WATCH: Half-century for in-form White

The stat: We'll give you two. Seventy-five per cent. That’s the record the Stars now boast in matches against their crosstown rivals. And Wright is the second player to score two BBL hundreds after Craig Simmons.  

The shot: This was outrageous from Cameron White.

WATCH: Inventive White's different shot

The wash-up: So these two Melbourne sides have hit the halfway point of their seasons, and we find the Stars in equal fourth and threatening the finals. It's not so sweet for the Renegades, who are now languishing in seventh spot with one win from four.  

The next stops: The Renegades travel to Hobart in two days' time for a clash with the in-form Hurricanes, while the Stars face the same opposition at the 'G two days after that.

WATCH: Match highlights 

FREE OFFER: Get an Optus Live Pass to stream every ball of BBL matches (and Test matches) for FREE until midnight January 9. Click here or on the image below.