Cricket: Marcus Stoinis hits Big Bash League highest score for Melbourne Stars

Records have tumbled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with Marcus Stoinis blasting the highest score in Australian Big Bash League (BBL) history, as the Melbourne Stars thumped the Sydney Sixers.

The all-rounder's unbeaten 147 from 79 balls on Sunday night smashed the previous best of 122 not out by Hobart's D'Arcy Short in January 2018.

Stoinis' maiden Twenty20 hundred took the Stars to a mammoth 219/1, after the Sixers sent them into bat.

Already the BBL's leading-run scorer this season, Stoinis bounced back in powerful fashion from a duck in Friday's Melbourne derby victory.

"This is as much fun as I've had on a cricket field," Stoinis said. "I probably haven't played as 360 as that for a long time, if ever."

Stoinis' 207-run opening stand with Hilton Cartwright (59) broke the record for the highest BBL partnership, rocketing past former Stars Rob Quiney and Luke Wright's 172 in 2012.

His innings - the third best by an Australian in Twenty20s, behind Aaron Finch twice - included 13 fours and eight sixes, as the hapless Sixers bowlers had no answers to some supreme clean hitting.

Ben Dwarshuis' 0/61 was the most runs conceded by a bowler in the BBL. Sixers teammate Tom Curran racked up figures of 0/58 for the second time this season.

Stoinis' amazing form will be hard for Australian selectors to ignore in the lead-up to this year's Twenty20 World Cup.

The 30-year-old has 478 runs for the tournament, 159 ahead of the next best - the Renegades' Shaun Marsh.

The Stars' total was the third-biggest in the BBL's nine seasons, falling just short of eclipsing Hobart and the Renegades' scores in the same 2017 game.

An eighth win of the campaign give the Stars a two-game advantage over the Sixers (6-3) atop the ladder.

Moises Henriques (41) and Dwarshuis (42 not out) were the only Sydney players to show any resistance with the bat.

"That [Stoinis' innings] was something else to watch, but I think, moving forward as a bowling group, we need to get a bit further ahead of the game earlier," Henriques said.

The Stars are next in action on Wednesday night, when they battle the Scorchers in Perth.


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