Glenn Maxwell has thumped the highest score in BBL history, whacking an unbeaten 154 as the Melbourne Stars launched an all-out assault on the Hobart Hurricanes.
Maxwell smashed 22 boundaries and four sixes in the most brutal display of hitting in the competition’s history, as the Stars set a record total of 2-273 at the MCG.
The Stars’ total was also the third highest in all franchise and international T20 cricket worldwide, beaten only by efforts from Afghanistan and Czech Republic.
Maxwell’s individual score from 64 balls also ranked ninth.
The superstar limited-overs player dominated the Hurricanes all round the wicket, with the shot of the night an outrageous switch-hit flick over fly-slip for six.
His century was the second-fastest in BBL history, coming in 41 balls and just two shy of Scorcher Craig Simmons’s 39-ball effort in 2014.
“I have no doubt someone will break the fastest 100 record eventually, but I don’t reckon anyone will work in the morning before playing then grab Chicken Treat on the way to the ground,” Simmons quipped on Twitter.
The right-handed Maxwell helped take 21 off one D’Arcy Short over, while he hit five boundaries for 22 runs off another from Sandeep Lamichhane.
Maxwell was not alone, with WA’s Marcus Stoinis also finishing unbeaten on 75 from 31 balls.
On the same night he lost his record for the highest score in BBL history, Stoinis showed the Hurricanes no mercy.
He launched six balls over the rope, taking 26 from a Tim David over as no Hurricanes bowler went at an economy rate below 10 runs.
The knock came as the Stars bowed out of finals contention after the Hurricanes’ win over the Melbourne Renegades on Tuesday, leaving them in sixth place.
It comes after the club was forced to play two games without the bulk of their squad while unavailable with COVID-19.
Hobart are set to face Adelaide in an eliminator on Friday regardless of the MCG result, but could face a serious psychological hit after the onslaught from the Stars’ batters.
The finals match will also be played in neutral territory in Melbourne, after Cricket Australia confirmed the first week of finals will be staged in the Victorian capital.
Next week’s preliminary final and decider can then be hosted on home grounds, with the first-placed Scorchers to use Marvel Stadium while locked out of Western Australia.