Luke Wright's ton led the Stars to a seven-wicket victory over city rivals, Renegades, in a front of a Big Bash record crowd of 80,883 at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.
The Sussex captain smashed his sixth century in the T20 format - his second in the BBL - to ease the Stars to their fifth successive Melbourne derby win and keep them in touch with the play-off contenders.
Wright, who had gone 15 innings without a BBL half-century, showed all of his class with a Man-of-the-Match 109 not out from 63 balls.
Renegades lost Chris Gayle for just four in the fourth over, as predicted during a spot of on-field commentary from Kevin Pietersen, who took the catch off John Hastings, much to his amusement.
However Australia's T20 skipper Aaron Finch (36 off 29) and former Stars man Cameron White, who was greeted at the crease by a crescendo of boos, added 49 in six overs.
White was the mainstay of the innings, recording his 30th T20 half-century, but departed for 54 from 39 balls, just two deliveries after the visitors lost Matthew Wade (24 off 21).
A pumped-up John Hastings (4-29) strangled the latter end of the innings, removing Wade, Dwayne Bravo and Tom Cooper to record the second T20 four-wicket haul of his career.
Renegades' total of 161-7 was pretty much par for the ground and when Marcus Stoinis (7) and Pietersen (6) were removed their hopes of recording a rare win over their illustrious neighbours would have been high - but Wright was having none of it.
The Englishman was given a life in the 15th over when he lofted Xavier Doherty straight to the diving Tom Beaton on the boundary but the fielder dropped the difficult chance and Wright took full advantage by launching the next two balls into the stands.
Wright brought up his ton with his fourth maximum and a straight drive off Cameron Gannon completed the seven-wicket win with five balls to spare.
Stars are up to four points in the table but remain sixth on net run rate, though they are closing in on their fifth successive play-off spot.