In six out of the eight editions of the BBL, the team finishing top of the table has fallen at the semi-final. Here's a brief history of the curse of dominating the group stage
Before the Bash Brothers were really a thing, a spectacular unbeaten 112 off 70 balls from Luke Pomersbach put the match out of the Renegades' reach. Their chase started briskly through Aaron Finch and Alex Hales, but wickets fell regularly. Ben Rohrer top-scored with 42 but when he went to Chris Lynn in the 16th over, his team's hopes went with him.
Long before he was Test captain, Tim Paine hit 65 off 52 balls to steer a comfortable chase for the Hurricanes with George Bailey adding the finishing touches. Cameron Boyce, now a Renegade, was the star with the ball as he claimed 3 for 11 - the scalps of Luke Wright, Glenn Maxwell and David Hussey.
The Strikers were blown away by a Sixers attack of Brett Lee, Sean Abbott, Nathan Lyon, Doug Bollinger and Steve O'Keefe - Ben Laughlin top-scoring with 22 for No. 10 - after Nic Maddinson's powerful 85 off 48 balls provided the bulk of the Sixers' total
For a second season in a row the curse struck the Strikers with Usman Khawaja's 59-ball 104 securing an overwhelming victory. Shane Watson contributed just 7 to an opening stand of 57 in 4.5 overs.
Matthew Wade top-scored in the Hurricanes' imposing total with 71 off 45 balls and Ben McDermott plundered 67 off 30. McDermott and Dan Christian added 88 from just 39 deliveries against a strong Scorchers attack. Tom Rogers then claimed the top three in the Scorchers' innings and Christian chipped in with 4 for 17 in a one-side encounter.
The boot was on the other foot for the Hurricanes a year later after they had dominated the first running of the expanded competition. A team effort from the Stars, finished off by Glenn Maxwell and Seb Gotch after Dan Worrall's four wickets, made it six times the table-toppers had fallen in the semi-final.