Kiwi slugger Colin Munro has continued his run of superb Big Bash form, with a two-a-ball cameo to help Perth Scorchers home over Melbourne Stars by 50 runs.
Batting first at St Kilda's Junction Oval, Perth amassed 180/8 in their 20 overs, with the former Blackcaps hitman smiting 40 runs off 20 balls, including six sixes, to give his side early momentum.
After Scorchers opener Cam Bancroft fell in the third, Munro's 68-run stand with Kurtis Patterson provided the foundation of an innings that proved far too daunting for the Stars to match.
Patterson paced the Perth effort with 54 runs off 39 balls and while Melbourne threatened early, the loss of skipper Glen Maxwell, bowled by man-of-the-match Peter Hatzoglou for just four runs off seven balls, proved crippling to their run chase.
Hatzoglou finished with 2/27 off his four overs, with Munro taking a catch from opener Tom Rogers to assist in his other scalp.
Despite his exit from the NZ national team, the top-order batter is enjoying a purple patch in the Aussie T20 competition, with unbeaten scores of 64, 58 and 114 so far this season.
That form has helped elevate Perth to the top of the BBL standings, with seven wins from eight outings, and they face third-placed Sydney Thunder - the only team to beat them so far - on Wednesday.