Heat down struggling Stars

03 January 2018 20:24:36 GMTPlus11

Melbourne Stars fell to a third straight Big Bash League defeat despite a half-century from Glenn Maxwell.

They fell victim to Mitchell Swepson's career-best figures at the MCG as they could only manage 141-7, and Brisbane Heat sealed a nine-wicket victory inside 15 overs.

The Heat are in the mix to make the BBL semi-finals, with three wins from their five games so far, while the much-hyped Stars have yet to taste victory this season.

Brisbane cruised to victory thanks to the 101-run stand between Chris Lynn and skipper Brendon McCullum.

Promoted to open the batting, Lynn plundered three sixes on his way to 63 off 46 balls, but he was helped on his way by a slice of luck as Stars captain John Hastings dropped him at mid-off in the first over.

His stand with McCullum was the pair's third BBL hundred-partnership and Lynn is now the third-highest run scorer in the competition's history.

McCullum faced just 27 balls before bringing up his fifty with a six off Liam Bowe, before departing three balls later, caught by Rob Quiney at long off for 61.

Maxwell earlier fought a lone hand for the Stars with a composed 50 off 39 balls, but the defeat left him struggling for positives.

"We're not looking like going anywhere but bottom at the moment," he said. "We're playing terrible cricket. We're not probably playing together as a team, we were putrid today."

Swepson took 3-14 off four overs, including the key scalp of Kevin Pietersen. The leg-spinner used variation of pace and also tempted Luke Wright (19) into a wild attempted slog which had him easily stumped.

Pietersen (30) looked in solid touch on return from a one-game break before being caught at long on off a well-flighted Swepson delivery.

The Heat areĀ 1.72 to win their next game against Perth Scorchers, who are 2.20.

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