First BBL title for Renegades
Melbourne Renegades won the Big Bash League title for the first time when they beat big rivals Melbourne Stars by 13 runs in the final at Marvel Stadium.
Captain Aaron Finch ended the day by lifting the trophy, having started the match by being dismissed in unfortunate fashion. He was run out at the non-striker's end after Stars quick bowler Jackson Bird's boot deflected a Cameron White drive into the stumps.
The Renegades, sent in by Finch's opposite number Glenn Maxwell, were struggling on 65-5 in the 11th over. They recovered to make 145-5, which proved enough, in part thanks to the bowling of Cameron Boyce.
When the Stars looked to be cruising in their chase at 93 without loss in the 13th over, Boyce dismissed both openers Ben Dunk (57 off 45) and Marcus Stoinis (39 off 38).
He finished with 2-30 while Chris Tremain and Dan Christian also picked up two wickets.
The Stars lost six wickets in consecutive overs starting when Boyce skidded a ball past the inside edge of Stoinis. Maxwell's team suffered a collapse of 4-6 and eventually finished on 132-7.
The Renegades were indebted to Tom Cooper (43 runs from 35 balls) and Christian (38 from 30), who steadied the ship with an unbeaten 80-run partnership from 58 balls.
Maxwell said missing out on the chance to secure a first title for the Stars was hard to take.
"We were so close; for eight overs it looked like we were winners," he said. "We needed to kill the game a little bit earlier, go harder at the start while the ball was hard and just get ahead of the run-rate.
"We didn't get off to a flyer, they executed and were able to build up enough pressure to make it hard for us."
Meanwhile, Australia are 11/8 to win their first Twenty20 international against India, who are 4/7. Australia are 1212/1 to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
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