Melbourne Stars won their eighth consecutive game and completed a double over Perth Scorchers, winning by 10 runs in front of their home fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Hilton Cartwright struck an unbeaten half-century - 58 off 56 - to take the hosts to 141 for 6. An all-round effort then held Scorchers to 131 with Cameron Bancroft top-scoring with 32.
After opting to bat, Stars soon slipped to 34 for 3 before Glenn Maxwell and Cartwright scored 47 for the fourth wicket to bring the innings back on track. Maxwell's wicket brought Nick Larkin to the middle, who made a quick-fire 24 off 18 to give the side a late boost. Matthew Kelly bagged three to keep things in check while Jhye Richardson and Fawad Ahmed chipped in with one each.
Regular wickets hurt the Scorcher's chase as they slipped from 46 for 1 at one stage to 102 for 5. There was no late flourish either as the hosts maintained control throughout.
Brief scores:Melbourne Stars 141/6 in 20 overs (Hilton Cartwright 58*; Matthew Kelly 3-27) beat Perth Scorchers 131/9 in 20 overs (Cameron Bancroft 32; Nic Maddinson 3-24) by 10 runs.
Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers, Sydney
Sydney Thunder won by four runs by DLS method in a rain-hit game against Sydney Sixers at the Sydney Showdown Stadium. Thunder were 28 for 2 in 5.2 overs when the teams were forced off the field while they were chasing 76.
Sixers's innings lasted just 15.5 overs as frequent rain breaks sucked the momentum out of the innings. Justin Avendano made 28 but there were no more innings of substance as they folded for a paltry score.
Alex Hales for a duck while Usman Khawaja made 13 before Daniel Sams and Callum Ferguson kept the score above the DLS target.
Brief scores: Sydney Sixers 76 in 15.5 overs (Daniel Sams 3-14) lost to Sydney Thunder 28/2 in 5.3 overs by four runs by DLS method.