Pietersen propels Stars to maiden win

13 January 2018 20:10:30 GMTPlus11

Melbourne Stars picked up their first win of the Big Bash League season as they beat neighbours Melbourne Renegades by 23 runs.

They were led to victory by a vintage all-round performance from Kevin Pietersen.

The former England man smashed five sixes on his way to 74 off 46 balls, combining with Peter Handscomb (41) for a 110-run partnership as the Stars reached 167-4 at Etihad Stadium.

He then starred in the field when he took a superb diving catch at short extra cover to dismiss Tom Cooper as the Stars held their cross-town rivals to 144-9 from their 20 overs.

Glenn Maxwell as another key contributor, taking four catches after an important 31 not out from 16 balls with the bat.

Cricket's a funny game, you never know.

Peter Handscomb

The 37-year-old Pietersen, who's already confirmed this will be his final BBL campaign, belted Renegades spinner Brad Hogg into the second tier on consecutive deliveries.

Handscomb said after the victory it wasn't too late for the Stars to finish in the finals, though they remain bottom of the table.

"There's no reason why not," he added. "I think a few years ago we had to win five in a row to make the semis; we've got to do it this time as well. Cricket's a funny game, you never know."

The Renegades, who were without Aaron Finch and Cameron White on Australian ODI duty and saw Brad Hodge withdraw late-on after suffering a side strain, were unable to overcome their loss of experience.

The Stars maiden win was particularly impressive given the absence of Australian one-day international representatives Adam Zampa and Marcus Stoinis.

Meanwhile, Brisbane Heat areĀ 2.20 to overcome Hobart on Monday, with the Hurricanes 1.72.

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