Stars 'absolutely humiliated' in record BBL loss

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An undermanned Melbourne Stars outfit has been slammed implicit a "horrendous" batting effort successful a record-breaking nonaccomplishment to the Sydney Sixers successful the BBL11 play opener.

After inserting their opponents in, the Stars were forced to pursuit 214 and fell embarrassingly abbreviated of the target, bowled retired for conscionable 61 successful response.

The eventual 152-run borderline betwixt the 2 sides was the largest successful presumption of runs successful BBL history.

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The Stars' people was the third-lowest successful BBL history, and the lowest successful squad history, replacing the erstwhile debased of 99 scored past play against the aforesaid opponents.

Steve O'Keefe finished with figures of 4-14 disconnected his 4 overs and did his harm successful the precise archetypal implicit of the pursuit (Getty)

The rot began aboriginal successful Melbourne's tally pursuit with seasoned spinner Steve O'Keefe nabbing the wickets of highly-touted English import Joe Clarke and Nick Larkin wrong the archetypal 5 deliveries of the innings.

While Melbourne would person hoped skipper Glenn Maxwell, caller disconnected winning the T20 World Cup, would beryllium capable to animate them, the right-hander lasted conscionable 8 deliveries earlier being bowled by Sean Abbott for four.

When Adam Zampa was dismissed by O'Keefe successful the ninth implicit with the people speechmaking 9-47, Melbourne looked headed for a grounds low, earlier eclipsing the Renegades' grounds debased of 57 with a last-wicket basal of 14 betwixt Brody Couch and Syed Faridoun.

The Stars were without the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile, but received small sympathy for their performance, with Brett Lee labelling the batting effort "horrendous" connected Fox Cricket's coverage.

Only 2 Stars batters managed to people successful treble figures successful a dreadful batting show from the squad (Getty)

"It's conscionable not bully enough," Mark Waugh added connected commentary.

"It's alright to get beat, but you've got to amusement immoderate fight, don't you? Unfortunately for the Stars tonight, nary of them are showing immoderate fight."

The show besides near a sour sensation successful the rima of Victorian large Darren Berry, who said the Stars had been "absolutely humiliated".

"Will instrumentality immoderate superior reassembly from here," Berry tweeted during the tally chase.

"Don't warrant this show with chasing the bash boost constituent - it is specified a brushed excuse. Completely outplayed successful each accomplishment areas each night."

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