Last Time We Met
The Stars have a good record against the Renegades, both home and away. In BBL|08, the teams met twice, and the Stars emerged victorious on both occasions. The teams first met this season at the NYD Derby at the MCG, where the Stars restricted the Renegades to 9-148. A dominant performance by player of the match Marcus Stoinis (78 off 49) saw the Stars chase down the total with two overs remaining, giving us a 7-wicket win. It was a closer match 3 weeks later at Marvel Stadium, but the Stars still came out on top. After sending the home team in to bat, the Stars bowled them out for 121 in the last over. The men in green reached the total with 4 balls to spare. Marcus Stoinis won player of the match honours again with an incredible all-round performance. He was the Stars highest run-scorer with an unbeaten 70, and took best figures of 3-19 off his 4 overs.
The Danger Men
Aaron Finch has proven his captaincy this season, guiding the Renegades to their first Grand Final appearance this year. He will be a key wicket for the Stars, as his performance with the bat is always formidable and he’s been in good form. Kane Richardson finished as the competition’s leading wicket taker, with 24 wickets from his 14 matches. Dan Christian is a wild card for the Renegades, and is in red-hot form with bat and ball. His last-minute batting effort of 31 runs off just 14 deliveries was the difference against the Sixers and earnt him player of the match honours.
Marcus Stoinis has been in impeccable form all season, and his record against the Renegades is stunning. Both time the teams met during the season, Stoinis has scored 70 and 78 runs, and is yet to be dismissed by the Renegades bowlers. Glenn Maxwell has proved his skills in strategy as a captain, bringing the Stars back to the finals after a disappointing BBL|07. His batting and sharp fieldwork has been incredible throughout the season, and his sensible knock to see the Stars to a win over the minor premiers showed his ability to bat well in all match conditions. Daniel Worrall is also on fire with the ball, taking an incredible 4-23 and snagging the important wickets of Matthew Wade (2 runs) and George Bailey.
The Big Stage
The Stars have a good record at Marvel Stadium, and will be looking to continue that form against their crosstown rivals. The Renegades will be feeling unstoppable after their thrilling semi-final win, it’s going to be a great game Team Green!