Result
2nd Semi-Final (N), Melbourne (Docklands), Feb 15 2019, Big Bash League
180/3
(19.5/20 ov, target 181)
184/7
Melb Reneg won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Player Of The Match
Melbourne Renegades
1y
• Report by Daniel Brettig

Renegades make it a Melbourne derby final as Christian pulls off thriller

In a match of twists, turns and subplots the experience of Dan Christian proved the decisive factor amid tension and umpiring controversy

Match centre 
Commentator: Andrew McGlashan
Scorecard summary
Sydney Sixers180/3(20 overs)
Melbourne Renegades184/7(19.5 overs)
Aaron Finch44 (41)
Sam Harper36 (17)

Melbourne Renegades win by three wickets with one ball to spare and that means it's Renegades v Stars for a Melbourne Derby BBL final. That was a terrific game of T20 cricket. Finished off the by one of the grand old me of the T20 game, Dan Christan. "The boys set it up really well," says Christian, "didn't leave it too far out of reach. If they miss their yorker hopefully I can get it over the fence. Best wicket we've had here all year."

JImmy: "#vicsdoitbetter. If only the Derby final was at the MCG though."

There's a lot to unpack from that match. The Sixers raced out of the blocks before the Renegades fought back with the ball. The Renegades did well to always be around the rate needed, handy innings from Sam Harper, Cameron White and Tom Cooper before the grandstand finish (we'll skim over Finch's switch hit!). And then there was the umpiring!

John: "Excellent match, excellent coverage. Gnasher, I hope you'll do the finals too!" I'll be back John, no fear!

We'll wrap things up there for now. I'm off for a lie down but will be back for the big one on Sunday (remember, it's an afternoon game). Until then, it's goodbye from Gnasher and thanks for joining us.

19.5
4
Dwarshuis to Richardson, FOUR runs
a full toss, hammered through the covers! Richardson hits the winning boundary. What a chase from the Renegades

Everyone inside the circle? Someone standing by the stumps for the return throw?

19.4
1
Dwarshuis to Christian, 1 run
good yorker, dug out to the covers and the hard yards make the single...scores are level

2 off 3 balls

19.3
1
Dwarshuis to Richardson, 1 run
gone with a direct hit, but the throw misses! Jabs a full ball to cover and they just run
19.2
4
Dwarshuis to Richardson, FOUR runs
KANE RICHARDSON!! Never mind giving Christian the strike, he wants to do it himself...drives a delivery with some width high over backward point. What a stroke.

Dot ball and Christian hasn't got the strike...Arun VS: "Somebody said that this is a one sided game.I think that this is one of the best semi finals in BBL history" Aged well, didn't it!

19.1
w
Dwarshuis to Boyce, OUT
hit wicket, this game has had it all! Angled into the pads from round the wicket, he swings to leg, is so far back in the crease that he's stepped on his stumps
CJ Boyce hit wicket b Dwarshuis 11 (10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

Seven needed off the last over. Can Dwarshuis pull off a miracle?

end of over 1918 runs
MR: 174/6CRR: 9.15 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 7 from 6b
Daniel Christian30 (13)
Cameron Boyce11 (9)
Sean Abbott4-0-47-1
Ben Dwarshuis3-0-37-1
18.6
6
Abbott to Christian, SIX runs
oh boy, what's he done!! Carved high and might over the off side Christian has made a career out of this and he's doing it again. A length ball outside off, he lofted it miles over deep cover

Massive ball this. MASSIVE

18.5
1
Abbott to Boyce, 1 run
moves around the crease, ends up very deep, drives a low full toss to cover

Dave: "Seems like Jimit has conveniently forgotten the wide that should have been a wicket and the runs off the extra delivery." 14 off 8

18.4
1
Abbott to Christian, 1 run
goes for the yorker, it's a low full toss that's heaved out to deep midwicket
18.3
2
Abbott to Christian, 2 runs
full outside leg stump, chipped through midwicket, out to Jack Edwards in his new position...good hustle for the second

Silk now at long-on

18.2
2
Abbott to Christian, 2 runs
dropped at long-on by Jack Edwards! What drama! He does well to prevent the four. Christian went hard down the ground, didn't get the full elevation he wanted. Edwards committed to the chat, it was a fingertip effort
18.1
6
Abbott to Christian, SIX runs
finds the gap wide of long-on! And it's gone all the way A length ball, at the stumps, Christian swings over midwicket, Jack Edwards tries his best with a chase and dive but can't get there

Shane: "Dwarshuis, it's up to him now, isn't it? How has he done at the death generally?" Generally been Curran's role (along with Abbott, who bowls now)...ball slips out of Abbott's hand and is called dead ball

end of over 1813 runs
MR: 156/6CRR: 8.66 • RRR: 12.50 • Need 25 from 12b
Daniel Christian13 (8)
Cameron Boyce10 (8)
Ben Dwarshuis3-0-37-1
Mickey Edwards4-0-34-1
17.6
1
Dwarshuis to Christian, 1 run
a short ball, hits Christian, deflects to short third man
17.6
1w
Dwarshuis to Christian, 1 wide
that's pressure! Full, down the leg side, a wide - extra ball and extra run
17.5
6
Dwarshuis to Christian, SIX runs
over the off side, what a stroke! He's nailed this, full outside off, that's struck over cover as sweetly as anything

Jimit: "If Sixers win by less than 5 runs, the wicketkeeper movement no ball will turn into a full-fledged controversy!"

17.4
2
Dwarshuis to Christian, 2 runs
back of a length from round the wicket, drilled back down the pitch with a pull and it cannons off the stumps into midwicket. Might have saved/cost two runs
17.3
1
Dwarshuis to Boyce, 1 run
full outside off, clubbed strongly down to long-on but singles are fine for the Sixers
17.2
1
Dwarshuis to Christian, 1 run
a wide yorker, driven to cover on the edge of the circle
17.1
1
Dwarshuis to Boyce, 1 run
round the wicket, short of a length outside off, carved to deep cover

38 off three overs is gettable, but only four wickets in hand a problem. Dwarshuis returns

Best performances - batsmen
JR Philippe
52 runs (31)
7 fours
1 sixes
Control87%
Productive shot
cover drive
14 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
4081161148
DP Hughes
52 runs (32)
4 fours
2 sixes
Control87%
Productive shot
slog shot
20 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
3062012722
Best performances - bowlers
SNJ O'Keefe
O
4
M
0
R
22
W
2
Eco
5.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
CJ Boyce
O
4
M
0
R
33
W
2
Eco
8.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
TossMelbourne Renegades , elected to field first
SeriesBig Bash League 2018
Player Of The Match
Daniel Christian
Series resultMelbourne Renegades advanced
Season2018/19
Match days15 February 2019 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Phillip Gillespie
Gerard Abood
TV Umpire
John Ward
Reserve Umpire
Geoff Joshua
Match Referee
Peter Marshall