Wright runs riot as Stars triumph in front of record Melbourne crowd


A stunning hundred from Luke Wright secured a Big Bash League derby victory for Melbourne Stars over Melbourne Renegades in front of a world-record Twenty20 crowd at the MCG.

The previous record BBL attendance of 52,637 was comfortably surpassed as 80,883 fans turned out on Saturday to see the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell.

Yet it was England international Wright who stole the show, striking 109 not out from 63 deliveries - his sixth T20 century - to steer the Stars to a seven-wicket triumph.

The Stars looked set to overhaul their opponents' total of 161-7 with relative comfort, only for Dwayne Bravo (1-27 off four) to give up just four runs in the 18th over of the chase, leaving 18 required from 12 balls.

That equation was duly reduced to 14 from nine, before Wright swung a full toss from Nathan Rimmington (0-33 off three) over the rope at square-leg to bring up his ton and put his side firmly back on course.

Rimmington's next ball was deflected down to fine leg for a boundary and Wright finished things off in style, clubbing Cameron Gannon back over his head for four at the start of the final over.

"It's so special," said Wright, who struck 11 fours and four sixes, in a post-match interview with Ten Sports. "To get a hundred, but most importantly get us over the line in such a big game, it's amazing."

Wright shared respective stands of 49 and 64 with Maxwell (22) and wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb (13 not out) after Marcus Stoinis (7) and Pietersen (6) had fallen cheaply.

The Renegades' innings was built around Cameron White's 39-ball 54 and 36 from skipper Finch, while John Hastings played a key role with the ball for the Stars - returning 4-29.