The Melbourne Stars have opened their Big Bash League account with a clinical away performance against the Hobart Hurricanes.

Chasing Hobart’s 4-188, the Stars cantered to victory, reaching their target with 14 balls to spare in the 18th over.

Former test batsman Rob Quiney anchored the chase for the Stars, hammering five sixes in his 75 from just 43 deliveries.

But he played second fiddle to Luke Wright in the early stages as the English import crunched 43 from 29 deliveries to set Melbourne on their way.

Glenn Maxwell picked up where he left off and remained unbeaten on 58 off just 29 balls to rocket the Stars to victory.

Earlier, Ben Hilfenhaus (3-38) had put a scare through the Hurricanes, knocking over D’Arcy Short and Dom Michael in consecutive deliveries as the hosts found themselves languishing at 3-32.

It didn’t halt their momentum though as Tim Paine belted 91 off 61 and George Bailey hit four sixes in his unbeaten 74 from 46.

It wasn’t a pleasant night for the bowlers with 379 runs scored on a flat Bellerive Oval pitch.