Andre Fletcher found brutal form with the bat before Adam Zampa and the Melbourne Stars’ Spin Bowlers made a happy MCG homecoming in a The 111-Run BBL win over the Adelaide Strikers

The West Indian entertainer Fletcher secured 89 of 49 balls unbeaten on Friday evening to lift the stars to an impressive 2-179

He hit eight fours and four sixs and, after a slow start, turned the game with the bat in the direction of the stars

Stars captain Glenn Maxwell avoided the disgrace of a third golden duck in a row, scoring 37 out of 28 points and throwing in 2-12 out of four overs when the Strikers bowled for only 68 in response

The win in their first home game of the season brought the Stars level on points with the third-placed Perth Scorchers in hand, as well as Adelaide and Brisbane in a congested middle section of the table

On his first MCG appearance, Fletcher delivered most of the highlights and combined them with Hilton Cartwright in a 77-run stand of 35 balls

Fletcher hit 32 of the stars’ 33 runs in the power surge that occurred during the 17th and 18 Overs was executed

Cartwright’s late cameo then included a pair of massive sixes in an 18-run over Wes Agar (0-46) that raised the total to well over 150

The innings came to an end when Fletcher buckled a Danny Briggs throw over the rope and into the screen

“Stoiny (co-opener Marcus Stoinis) and I have decided to play our natural game, to be positive and not let the point ball pressure work on us

“It’s good that I came out and did well for the team, but it was a team effort and it’s a great feeling to get a win in front of our fans”

Maxwell opened bowling for the stars and, along with Khan, removed Strikers openers Alex Carey (one) and Phil Salt (five) in the first power game to give the home team the upper hand

Wickets were falling at regular intervals as the Strikers were way below the bash boost point

The fact that Matt Renshaw scored the most hits for the Strikers with 20 balls out of 23 only served to highlight the visitors’ problems

Andre Fletcher, Melbourne Stars

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