Sussex skipper Luke Wright’s excellent form in the Big Bash League continued with a half-century leading Melbourne Stars to a second successive victory.
Having smashed an unbeaten century to see off local rivals Melbourne Renegades on Saturday, this time it was Hobart Hurricanes that were on the receiving end of another fine knock from the 30-year-old.
Wright struck 51 not out from 41 balls, hitting five fours and a maximum, to steer the Stars to a comfortable eight-wicket triumph at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The opening batsman, the seventh top run-scorer in the competition with 199, shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 99 with fellow half-centurion Glenn Maxwell, a former Yorkshire player, to get the Stars home with five overs to spare.
The Stars’ bowlers set up the victory, dismissing the Hurricanes for 124 after winning the toss, with Durham all-rounder John Hastings taking 1-23 from four overs and Wright running out dangerman Dan Christian.
Despite slipping to 27 for two in the chase, the Stars were rescued by Wright and Maxwell to ensure they moved up into fourth place in the table.