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Renegades defeat Stars in a fiery clash at the ‘G

The Aaron Finch show rolled through the MCG, but the Renegades opener was just the support act for the Shane Warne vs Marlon Samuels stoush as the Renegades took a 9 wicket win in the cross-town derby.

Marlon Samuels leaves the field after copping a Lasith Malonga bouncer. Credit: Tom Griffiths/TSJ

Marlon Samuels leaves the field after copping a Lasith Malonga bouncer. Credit: Tom Griffiths/TSJ

Finch was at his brilliant best, making 67 not out and guiding his team to a comfortable victory over the Stars.

But it was the heated exchange between Samuels and Warne that made the headlines.

In a bizarre turn of events, Samuels threw his bat at Warne, which narrowly missed, after the spinner hit the West Indian with the ball while attempting to throw back to the keeper.

The two had exchanged heated words prior to the clash, with Warne grabbing Samuels by the shirt.

The animosity stemmed from an incident in the Stars innings, where Samuels appeared to hold David Hussey and prevent him from taking a second run.

Samuels left the ground battered, bruised and bloodied a few overs later after top edging a Lasith Malinga short ball into his face.

Anyone who says it’s all flashiness and no feeling in the Big Bash League needs only to look at a tape of tonight’s game.

The crowd of 46, 581, a record for domestic Twenty20 in Australia, came alive after the dust up.

What seemed destined to peter out into a lifeless contest suddenly got interesting, as the Stars gained the upper hand.

However, it didn’t take long for the Renegades to wrestle back the momentum and cruise to the win.

The chased the Stars 146 with nine wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.

The Stars total never looked like being enough.

Luke Wright (29), Rob Quiney (24) Hussey (23) and James Faulkner (23) all got stars, but none went on with it.

Will Sheridan was the pick of the Renegades bowlers, snaring 3/36.

Warne took the only wicket for the Stars, bowling Alex Doolan for 30.

Anger did wonders for his game – while he took just the one wicket, his bowling performance was the best he’s produced this season.

The Renegades are now guaranteed a place in the top four, while the Stars need to beat the Sydney Thunder on Tuesday night to secure a finals spot.

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