Renegades v Stars, BBL 2012-13, Melbourne December 7, 2012

Finch ton helps Renegades thump Stars


Melbourne Renegades 2 for 168 (Finch 111*) beat Melbourne Stars 5 for 167 (Wright 53, D Hussey 42) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The script was written for opening night. It was supposed to be the Warne and Muralitharan show, and the cavalcade of stars in the Melbourne Stars line-up was supposed to prove too strong in the Victorian derby. But no one told Aaron Finch as he stole the show with an audacious century to lead his unfancied Renegades to a comfortable eight-wicket win.

Finch, who is the only Renegades player in their entire squad to play in their two victories last season, clobbered an unbeaten 111 from just 65 balls, with 12 fours and four sixes, to run down what appeared to be a competitive total.

The star everyone came to see, Shane Warne, had a win at the toss but thereafter his night was a train-wreck. The opposing captain Finch crushed 19 from Warne's first over, including two enormous sixes. First a slog sweep over midwicket, and then inside-out over cover. The Stars captain later dropped a simple chance offered from Faf du Plessis at midwicket. Warne then returned for a second over only have Ben Rohrer launch him twice into the stands.

Rohrer's cameo was typical of the New South Welshmen. So often underrated and forgotten, he entered with the game still in the balance and compiled a fabulous unbeaten 34 from 20 balls. He was the perfect foil for Finch as the paired mixed brutal power, with perfect placement and exceptional running in their unbroken 75-run stand.

Earlier the Stars started brightly after electing to bat. After the early loss of Rob Quiney, Luke Wright and Brad Hodge attacked the eclectic Renegades attack.

But at 1 for 74, halfway through the ninth over, a mix-up on a misfield resulted in Hodge being run out by du Plessis. Symbolically, and ironically, the stumps for the BBL feature red LED's that light up when broken, and the red lights halted the Stars progress.

They managed just a run-a-ball over the next four overs against the spin of Aaron O'Brien and Muttiah Muralitharan, before Wright fell for 53 trying to break the shackles with a reverse-sweep. The experience of David Hussey (41) and Cameron White (20) combined to help the Stars to 5 for 167.

But in the end Finch made light work of the target as the Renegades ran riot over their more fancied cross-town rivals.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • Graham on December 10, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    @jonathonjosephs - Murali has a test average in Australia of 70 and you have a crack at Warnes ability in the sub-continent. Muralis average in Australias was inflated as well as he would pick up the last 4 weeks as Australia set-up a declaration. I cant recall a test match in Australia where Murali picked up his first wicket before going for a 100 runs. You can pick flaws in everyones career but if you are grasping at a 43 year old playing a bit of hit and giggle cricket then you are deluded.

  • Brendan on December 9, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    I disagree @johnathanjosephs, murali has his shockers aswell. He cant even field properly but he has some dreadful bowling days aswell.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Warne Shouldn't Give the Mic..He Just Getting Too Ambitious @ Times.. Think MS Will Come Back Well In the Rest!!

  • Kumara on December 8, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs Really? Now you are making a judgement based on a T20 performance by two 40+ year old retired cricketer lol? Lara, Afridi and few other Pakistani batsmen, Indian batsmen few occasions, Gilchrist, Symonds, just naming a few batsmen and teams that hammered Murali time to time. I can assure you (because I'm also a Murali and SL fan) that Murali had his bad days.

  • Dylan on December 8, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    "This is why Murali is best." - What, why, because he outperformed a 43 year old Warne in a T20 match?

  • David on December 8, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Just remember johnathon-joseph, that Murali held the record for the worst ever figures in 10 overs at one point: 0/99 vs Australia in 2nd final of the 2005/06 ODI series at the SCG. He was susceptible to bad days as well. Perhaps less so than Warne, I'll agree, but there's not a lot of difference as I see it.

  • Paul on December 8, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    LOL, johnathonjosephs, it's hillarious that you should say that. When I think of Murali, the first thing that comes to mind is the 2nd VB Series Final in 2005/06 when Australia were 3-10 and Murali ended up conceding 99 runs in 10 overs on a spinner's paradise. Warne never went for 99 runs in 10 overs - THAT'S the difference between Warne and Murali.

  • Liam on December 8, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    @johnathonjoseph A quick look into Statsguru at Murali's ODI figures revealed, along with quite a few examples, 0 for 99 on 12 Feb 2006 against some rampant Aussies. I wasn't hardpressed to find them at all ;). All players have bad days, it is a fact of cricketing life.

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    In most games, Warne had Brett Lee & Glen Magrath putting immense pressure and keeping runs down, setting up the stage for Warner to pick up wickets. Murali never had such fast bowlers to help him out, he had to be the work horse as well as the star. Further more, Warne never had to ball to a batting line up with the class of the Australian team at the time, where as Murali not only had to ball to the brilliant Aussie batsmen, he had to do it copping abuse from racist umpiring and an abusive brogan crowd.

    What you saw yesterday is Murali v Warne when the playing field is levelled a little, albeit still heavily in favour the stars and War

  • Ben on December 8, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    @jonathonjosephs surely you must remember Murali getting hit for 0/99 against Australia in 2006? This is the nature of 20/20 Cricket. Spinners will get the odd game where the batsmen attack and 20+ runs come off an over.

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