Melbourne Stars snap drought by smashing Melbourne Renegades

THE drought is over.

Winless from their opening five matches of the competition, the Melbourne Stars finally have something to cheer about after recording a 23-run victory over cross-town rivals Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium. It just happened a month late.

All it took was their premier batsman to find some touch.

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Sent in to bat, the Stars lost Ben Dunk for a duck in the first over — which continued his horrible campaign — but a 110-run second-wicket partnership between Peter Handscomb and Kevin Pietersen proved to be the difference between the two sides.