'Crazy stuff': Cricket fans in disbelief over 'unreal' scenes in BBL

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Hilton Cartwright and Ben McDermott, pictured here in action in the BBL.
Hilton Cartwright and Ben McDermott put on a batting masterclass in the BBL on Monday night. Image: Getty

Aussie cricket fans were treated to a batting masterclass on Monday night as the Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars won consecutive high-scoring thrillers in the BBL.

Ben McDermott blasted his second career century in the BBL and the fifth by a Hurricanes player to fire his side to a seven-wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers.

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Promoted to partner captain Matthew Wade at the top of the order last week, McDermott produced a second successive match-winning innings with an unbeaten 110 off just 60 balls at Blundstone Arena.

The awesome knock featured five sixes and a dozen fours as McDermott helped steer the Hurricanes past the victory target of 176 with nine balls to spare.

The 27-year-old right-hander's blistering innings backed up his 67 off 43 balls in a win over Melbourne Stars on Christmas Eve.

He is now averaging 75.33 from four BBL matches this season after belting a career-best 133 for Tasmania in their most recent one-dayer against Western Australia last month.

"It's a pretty special feeling, you can't really beat it," McDermott said after Monday night's performance.

"I enjoy finishing the innings for the team and winning games, so that's as good as it gets.

"I had a bit of luck. I nearly got run out twice ... but it's just one of those nights and you're going to take them when you get them.

"(Opening the batting) is challenging ... but tonight I got a few away and I'm really enjoying it.

"I feel like I'm hitting the ball really nicely, so it's nice to face as many balls as possible."

McDermott and D'Arcy Short both blasted sixes out of the ground as they took to a Strikers bowling line-up that suffered some damage in the field.

Chris Lynn, pictured here in action for the Brisbane Heat against Melbourne Stars.
Chris Lynn was also in fine form as the Brisbane Heat lost to Melbourne Stars. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Melbourne Stars in record-breaking slogfest

In Monday night's late game, the Melbourne Stars then broke records before seeing off a Chris Lynn rearguard to beat Brisbane Heat by 20 runs at the Gabba.

Chasing 208 for victory, the Heat were in the hunt with Lynn (57 off 34) and Ben Duckett (54 off 35) warming to the task.

They fell within two overs of each other though, Lynn's drilled off-drive picking out Andre Russell on the boundary and swiftly taking the wind out of the host's sails.

Liam Guthrie had earlier earned an unwanted Big Bash honour as a record Joe Clarke and Hilton Cartwright partnership powered the Stars' brave fightback.

Guthrie's night started with the wicket of former Brisbane batter Joe Burns, the Stars also losing Marcus Stoinis (0) and Glenn Maxwell (2) to fall to 3-16.

Clarke (85 off 44) wasn't bothered though and in Cartwright (79 off 44) he found a willing partner, the pair combining for a fourth-wicket BBL record partnership of 151.

Cartwright was at his bruising best, a straight drive bringing up 50 off 31 balls as he finished with eight maximums and just one four in his highest BBL score.

Without a sixth bowling option, Guthrie returned to bowl his final over and was taken for 23 runs, producing four wides and dismissing Cartwright with his final ball.

His 2-70 was still easily the most expensive spell in BBL history, beating Ben Dwarshuis's 0-61 against the Stars two years ago.

Cricket fans flocked to social media in awe after the incredible batting displays in both games.

with AAP

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