Melbourne Stars have moved to the summit of the Big Bash League after a comprehensive seven-wicket success over the hapless Sydney Thunder on New Year's Day.
The Thunder have not won a BBL game in 739 days having also failed to win a match last season, batted first and posted 155-6 on the scoreboard.
However, excellent batting from Brad Hodge ensured it was a relatively easy run chase for the Stars after he crushed 64 runs from just 36 balls
Thunder, who last won a game back on December 23, 2011 against the Adelaide Strikers, lost Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan for a duck in the second over.
Daniel Hughes hit two fours en route to his 16 runs while England's Eoin Morgan attempted to accelerate the run rate with two sixes before he fell on 31.
Kurtis Patterson was next to go after contributing 18, however, it was Mike Hussey who anchored the innings with a creditable 66 runs from 48 deliveries.
Jason Floros also totalled 18 runs giving the Thunder a fighting chance of defending their 155 total in Sydney. John Hastings was the pick of the Stars bowlers with 3-31.
Englishman Luke Wright failed to provide the fireworks in the Stars' run chase as he fell on nine runs from 10 deliveries.
Cameron White was next to go, but not before he cracked 21 from 16 from the bowling of Luke Feldman, caught by Patterson.
Matthew Wade kept the scoreboard ticking over with a notable contribution of 44 from 40, although that was the last of the Stars wickets to fall.
Hodge and David Hussey were able to see out the contest with five balls to spare in their innings, leaving the Thunder searching for a long-awaited success.