MELBOURNE, Australia, CMC – West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy produced a stunning late order cameo to help propel Hobart Hurricanes to a strong 52-run victory over Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League here Saturday.
Sent in at the MCG, Hobart made 190 for five off their 20 overs, with Sammy slamming a robust unbeaten 38 off just 16 balls.
In reply, Melbourne faltered badly and were restricted to 138 for nine off their allotted overs.
Playing in the third game of the glitzy Twenty20 tournament, Hobart got a top score of 68 off 44 balls from Jonathan Wells and 43 off 42 balls from opener Ben Dunk.
Hobart were tottering at 31 for three in the sixth until Wells and Dunk posted 90 for the fourth wicket.
However, it was Sammy who proved the catalyst for the innings. With Hobart losing momentum at 143 for five at the end of the 18th over, the right-hander blasted four fours and three sixes to leave Melbourne shell-shocked.
He ripped into seamer Daniel Worrall in the 19th over of the innings, smashing three sixes and two fours as the over gushed 29 runs.
In reply, Melbourne were led by captain and opener Cameron White who hit 62 but seamer Ben Hilfenhaus snared four for 27 to help wreck the innings.