A scintillating 103* off 64 from Pete Handscomb and some remarkable tail-end hitting from John Hastings and Clint McKay has helped the Melbourne Stars pull off a phenomenal three-wicket win against the Perth Scorchers at the MCG.
Handscomb brought up his ton in the final over as he steered his side to a memorable win blasting a six over deep mid-wicket.
Handscomb’s maiden T20 ton saw him smash all kinds of records. He scored his highest ever T20 score and again remained not-out, the seventh time from as many innings’.
Early in the run chase the Stars faced an uphill challenge poised at 3/35 after six overs, with the loss of key openers Cameron White and Luke Wright.
However, Handscomb arrived to the crease with intent, and looked busy throughout his innings before unleashing in the final five overs.
His sublime knock included six fours and five sixes with his 50 coming off 45 balls.
Rob Quiney (19), John Hastings (20 off five) and Clint McKay (12) all partnered with Handscomb throughout the batsman’s stunning knock.
With four overs remaining the Stars needed 50 runs to win.
In the 17th over Hastings made the run chase a reality, bludgeoning three sixes in a row off Ashton Agar.
Earlier in the night the Perth Scorchers won the toss and elected to bat at the MCG with a clear plan in mind, to go on the attack.
The Scorchers made a bright start and took advantage of the power-play with Shaun Marsh the major protagonist, striking several boundaries, reaching his 50 off 33 balls.
Marsh was the chief destroyer initially, hitting eight fours and three sixes in his knock of 79 while Michael Klinger (71 off 48) was equally as damaging.
After six overs the Scorchers had raced to 0/53.
In the 14th over Beer broke through for the Stars snaring the vital wicket of Marsh. He combined with skipper Cameron White who took an excellent catch at deep mid-wicket.
Towards the tail end of the Scorchers’ batting innings the Stars bowlers managed to stem the flow of runs, restricting the away team to 2/179.
The Stars secured their second breakthrough on the final ball of the Scorchers’ innings with a powerful Jackson Bird arm from long-on enabling Tom Triffitt to whip the bails off, catching Klinger short.
However the night will forever be remembered as the moment Pete Handscomb signaled his arrival onto the BBL scene.