Hobart squeeze past Stars in BBL thriller

A career-best T20 score from in-form Caleb Jewell helped a wobbly Hobart Hurricanes boost their BBL Finals hopes and snuffed out those of the Melbourne Stars.

The win moved the 'Canes level on points with fifth-placed Adelaide while the loss left the bottom of the ladder Stars with just two victories from nine games.

Jewell (70 off 44 balls) shone as the Hurricanes passed the Stars' meagre 7-131 at Blundstone Oval by two wickets with 14 balls to spare.

Coasting at 1-94 off 11 overs, the Hurricanes middle order imploded, with the home team losing 7-35 including a spell of 3-2.

"Its quite an unpredictable game, T20 cricket, and it was never more so tonight," stand-in Hurricanes skipper Nathan Ellis told Fox cricket after his inside-edged boundary clinched the win.

"At the ten-over mark we were talking about taking the Surge later and waiting for them to have to bring fielders up and we were going at eight-an-over, and it was sort of chaos from then on in."

Hilton Cartwright (57 off 47) played a lone hand for the Stars, who were short of firepower with Marcus Stoinis injured and Trent Boult having left the outfit.

Coming off scores of 54, 54 and 28, Jewell maintained his rich vein of form, beating his previous best T20 effort of 61 not out.

He struck eight fours and two sixes and the left-hander's aggression always had his side well ahead of the required run-rate.

Opener Ben McDermott was bowled by Liam Hatcher for two, but Jewell and Englishman Zak Crawley (30 off 34) added 84 off 10 overs for the second wicket.

The other six dismissed Hurricanes mustered a combined tally of 22 runs as the Hurricanes stumbled to the finishing line, losing their composure once Jewell was caught behind off Hatcher, who returned his best BBL figures of 3-25.

"We haven't put together a full game," Ellis said.

"It sort of felt like after Caleb's start tonight was the chance to play a complete game, so a little bit disappointed for the guys, but you've got to take the wins when you get them."

No other Star apart from Cartwright hit a four until the 14th over.

Ellis (2-12 off four) gave nothing away and Cartwright and James Seymour (20 off seven) were the only Stars to challenge the disciplined Hobart attack.

A third wicket stand of 60 for the third wicket between Cartwright and Beau Webster (27 off 35) stabilised the innings after both openers fell early on.

Cartwright struck six fours in the space of nine balls, but the boundaries dried up with none coming for almost eight overs, with the Stars scoring just nine off their two Surge overs.

Ellis's fellow quicks Riley Meredith (2-25 off four) and Faheem Ashraf (2-29 off four) also performed well.