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The curse of finishing top in the Big Bash

In six out of the eight editions of the BBL, the team finishing top of the table as fallen at the semi-final. Here's a brief history of the curse of dominating the group stage

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175dThe Report by Sam Perry at Docklands

Cameron Boyce's whirwind fifty downs the Thunder

On a slow, grippy pitch where hardly anyone else got going, the allrounder smashed an unbeaten 51 off 22 to infuse life into a stuttering Renegades innings

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182dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Finch, Gurney bolster Renegades in top four

Melbourne Renegades completed a defence of 152 to defeat the Sydney Thunder - one of their nearest rivals on the competition table - by 12 runs in Sydney

Sams' six and out (0:29)
Joe Roots poor form continues (0:19)
Watson brilliantly caught out (0:36)
WATCH - Buttler smashes Stanlake for a big six (0:24)
WATCH - A scoop of bad luck for Callum Ferguson (0:10)