Melbourne Renegades secured a stunning BBL08 Final victory, defeating the city rivals Melbourne Stars by 13 runs to lift their maiden Big Bash trophy.
Chasing what looked like a sub-par total of 145-5, the Stars were cruising until the 13th over. But a stunning collapse orchestrated by Chris Tremain, Cameron Boyce and Daniel Christian saw the Stars reduced from 0-93 to 7-112 in 24 balls. Stars eventually scored 7-132, falling short by 13 runs.
Earlier, after coming off the wrong side of the bat flip and asked to bat first by the Stars, Renegades lost their way in the first half of their innings, reducing to five for 65 in 10.2 overs. Despite some early blows, Marcus Harris (12), Sam Harper (6) and Cameron White (12) were all dismissed cheaply. Skipper Aaron Finch was dismissed for 13 courtesy a run out after the ball ricocheted off the foot of the bowler. And then Mackenzie Harvey lost his wicket for 14 when Adam Zampa bowled him.
It all fell on Tom Cooper and Semi-Final hero Dan Christian to salvage the innings for the Renegades, and the pair didn’t disappoint. The duo amassed an unbeaten partnership of 80 runs off 58 balls to lift the Renegades to a respectable total of 5-145.
For Stars, Adam Zampa and Jackson Bird shared two wickets each.
Things looked ominous for the Renegades when the Stars still hadn’t lost a wicket in the 13th over, with Ben Dunk having scored a brisk fifty and Marcus Stoinis looking equally threatening. Enter Cameron Boyce and the game turned upside down. First, he bowled Stoinis for 39, and shortly after dismissed Dunk thanks to a catch from Christian. This sparked a stunning batting collapse for the Stars, where they lost seven wickets for just 19 runs in the space of five overs. Chris Tremain removed Peter Handscomb (0) and Glenn Maxwell (1), while Dan Christian accounted for Seb Gotch (2) and Dwayne Bravo (3). Harry Gurney removed Nic Maddinson for 6.
With one of the biggest momentum shifts, the Stars could only manage 7-132 off their 20 overs, handing the Renegades a 13-run win and their first ever BBL title.