The Game at a Glance
The Melbourne Stars won the Final bat flip and elected to bowl, a decision that paid off almost instantly as Marcus Harris departed for 12 in the second over. Jackson Bird was on fire, taking the first 2 wickets and then backing that effort up with a spectacular run-out to dismiss Renegades skipper Aaron Finch. Adam Zampa finished with best figures for the Stars, taking 2-21 including ex-Stars captain Cameron White. Dan Christian and Tom Cooper fought back well in the later overs and led the Renegades to a total of 5-145.
Ben Dunk and Marcus Stoinis opened the batting well, the pair settling in nicely during the early overs to keep the run rate ticking over. They finished the powerplay on 0-36 and reached their 50-run partnership off 46 balls. Marcus Stoinis put on a great batting effort before he was clean bowled by Cameron Boyce in the 13th over after having scored 39 off 37, bringing an end to the opening partnership. A flurry of quick wickets lefts the Stars in trouble, Handscomb, Dunk and Maxwell dismissed for no runs, 55 runs and 1 run respectively. Unfortunately the wickets kept falling for the Stars, and the Renegades got home by 14 runs.
With the Ball
Jackson Bird was the first to strike with the ball, dismissing Marcus Harris for 12 in the second over, who was caught behind by Handscomb. He followed that effort with a sensational caught and bowled, seeing Sam Harper head back to the dug-out after having only scored 6 runs. Just as the Renegades looked to settle, Bird struck again, this time running out Renegades captain Aaron Finch for 13, leaving the home side on 3-47. It was then Adam Zampa’s time to shine, quickly snagging the wicket of Cameron White LBW, and then clean bowling Mackenzie Harvey just past the halfway mark of the Renegades’ batting innings. Dan Christian and Tom Cooper steadied the ship for the Renegades, the pair high-scoring for the men in red and setting a target of 146 for the Stars to chase for the trophy!
With the Bat
Marcus Stoinis and Ben Dunk opened the batting in style, the pair showcasing their experience at the crease by keeping the run rate ticking over with quick running between wickets and well-placed boundaries. They hit their 50-run partnership in the 8th over. The pair batting sensationally to get to 93 before Stoinis was bowled by Cameron Boyce for 39 runs off 37 balls. Peter Handscomb was dismissed for a duck after skying a Tremain delivery 4 balls later. Ben Dunk and Glenn Maxwell quickly followed, leaving Seb Gotch and Nic Maddinson at the crease with 46 required off 27 balls. Adam Zampa had a very nice cameo in the last over, belting a six and a four, but the quick wickets saw the Stars unable to chase down the total, falling agonisingly short by 14 runs.
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