Barrow's Liam Livingstone suffered defeat with Perth Scorchers against Big Bash League leaders Melbourne Stars for the second time this week after they lost by ten runs at the MCG.

In what was a low-scoring affair, the Stars posted 141-6 from their 20 overs with only opener Hilton Cartwright making a significant score, as he struck 58 off 56 balls.

Matthew Kelly was the pick of the Scorchers' attack in taking 3-27, but it was slow going in the visitors' reply, which wasn't helped when Livingstone fell for 18 in the seventh over, as he launched Sandeep Lamichhane to Cartwright at deep midwicket.

Cameron Bancroft plodded his way to 32 off 44 deliveries, but Perth fell short on 131-9, with Nic Maddinson taking 3-24 for the Stars.