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Finch leads Renegades to defeat woeful Stars

The Melbourne Renegades have claimed the opening Melbourne Derby for Big Bash Leagues season 2, defeating a woeful Melbourne Stars side by 8 wickets in front of 23,589 at Etihad Stadium.

Finch & Rohrer being up century. Source: Tom Griffiths/TSJ

Renegades skipper Aaron Finch scored his highest ever Twenty20 score of 111 to pull his side to victory against cross town rival the Stars. Finch lead an unstoppable batting attack, whilst the Stars struggled to take wickets. Captain Shane Warne the most expensive of the bowlers, the former spin king being hit for 41 off just 2 overs.

Rob Quiney and Luke Wright were given the opening honours and provided good choices when trying to get the Stars off the mark.

Quiney was the first to be walking back to the sheds after facing just 7 balls. Quiney marched down the pitch to meet O’Briens ball, but miss timed his hit sending into the hands of Nathan Rimington at mid-off.

Wright and Hodge brought up their a vital half century partnership in just 39 balls, but there was no time for celebrations a mix up when running between wickets handed Renegades hit back with a much-needed wicket. du Plessis strong throw into keeper left Hodge off just centimeters from saving his wicket.

Luke Wright easily brought up his half century, 5 boundaries attributed to a great shot selection that brought up the Englishman’s milestone. However his success was quickly short lived, a silly reverse sweep saw the back of the Englishman.

White was taking the fight up to the Renegades, centring a big six over deep mid off. However, when White struck the next ball high towards the Locket end, du Plessis was waiting, taking a relatively easy catch.

The Stars managed to put up 167, a decent total which would sure provide the Renegades with a challenge to defeat.

Aaron Finch kicked things off for the Renegades innings and was happy lead by example, whacking his side into the game early.

Harris was the first Renegade to go on just 3. Hodge didn’t have much trouble taking a couple of steps backwards to catch Harris’ high shot.

‘Warney’ the crowd began to chant, the Australian spin king nearly moved into immediate effect. Matthew Wade sending the stumps into a flashing frenzy, but not enough to send du Plessis back to the sheds. However, first ball excitement quickly turned to disappointment, Warne having 19 hit off five balls.

Finch brought up the Renegades half century in just seven overs with a monstrous six. Boundary after Boundary, the shot of choice from the Renegades.

Warne had the opportunity to take a captains catch and Finch’s wicket. However, Warne couldn’t get his hands to what should have been an easy catch. Cheering for the former Australian test player quickly turned to laughter.

McKay finally claimed the Stars second wicket, du Plessis cover sweep landed into the diving hands of McKay.

The Renegades weren’t going to dwell in the loss of a wicket, instead continuing their run attack to bring up their century.

The Renegades take the first win of the 2012 Big Bash League season and will now begin to prepare for their clash with the Sydney Thunder at ANZ Stadium next Friday night, whilst the Stars will face the Scorchers in Perth.


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