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Wade's comeback a success

11 December 2015

Renegades fall, but Wade top scores with 44

Despite the Melbourne Renegades falling to the Stars by six wickets, Matthew Wade's earlier than expected return from a broken collarbone has ended well.

Coming back multiple weeks ahead of schedule, Wade top-scored for the match with 44 from only 31 deliveries after the Renegades won the toss and elected to bat first.

Tom Beaton and Callum Ferguson both made 29, the duo picking up their good form from the BBL|04 campaign.

However the end total of 8/144 didn't prove to be enough, Glenn Maxwell delivering a speedy 37 not out from 33 balls as the Stars successfully chased the total with 15 balls to spare at Simonds Stadium.

Opener Marcus Stoinis (6) was the only Stars batsman to miss out, with knocks from import Luke Wright (34 off 22), Rob Quiney (26 off 16) and evergreen skipper David Hussey (22 off 21) ensuring the chase was never in doubt.

Stars quick Scott Boland - whose impressive start to the Sheffield Shield season saw him put on standby for the ongoing first Test in Hobart - grabbed 3-36 from his four overs, while new recruit Adam Zampa spun his way to 2-20, picking up the key wickets of South Australian teammates Ferguson and Tom Cooper.

The exhibition match was part of the inaugural 'Geelong Carnival of Cricket' and was the first time cricket had been played under lights at Simonds Stadium.

The touring West Indies side will also play at Simonds Stadium against a Victorian Invitational XI in the 'Calypso on Corio' clash to be held on December 19-20.