Hobart: England allrounder Luke Wright has broken the record for the highest individual score in Australian domestic Twenty20 cricket, scoring 117 off just 60 balls for Melbourne Stars against Hobart Hurricanes in the ongoing Big Bash League at the Bellerive Oval.
Wright's hurricane innings beat the previous record of 111 set by Tasmania's Michael Dighton against New South Wales in Sydney in 2007, in what was then known as the KFC Twenty20. His century led the Stars to a record Big Bash League total of 203 for 3, which they defended easily by 19 runs.
Opening the innings, Wright smashed nine sixes and eight fours to eclipse Dighton's record and in the process also posted the highest domestic Twenty20 opening partnership of 172 in the company of Rob Quiney (62 off 50 balls). This beat the previous best of 140 shared between Victoria’s Brad Hodge and Aiden Blizzard against South Australia in 2007.
Wright struck three successive sixes off Rhett Lockyear in the 12th over of the Stars' innings before reaching his century off just 44 balls with another six off Xavier Doherty.
The Hurricanes were sloppy in the field, dripping five catches while conceding the highest score of the BBL and the fourth highest in Australian domestic Twenty20.
In reply to a stiff target, the Hurricanes were restricted to 184 for 9. Half-centuries to Travis Birt (51 off 23 balls) and former England batsman Owais Shah (55 off 37) threated to take the Hurricanes home but a collapse at the hands of James Faulkner (4 for 46) saw the Stars win by 19 runs. Shane Warne chipped in with two wickets.