Fifth-placed Sydney Thunder advance through to their first BBL final in four years, thanks primarily to Melbourne Renegades captain Araron Finch.
The Brisbane Heat’s season is over after an unbeaten Finch half-century propelled the Renegades to a seven-wicket win at Marvel Stadium.
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The Heat would have hosted a final’s match at the Gabba if they had managed a win on Monday, but they lost early wickets on their way to 7/154 after winning the bat flip.
“When you’re out of the competition, you pride yourself on denting other teams,” Finch said after the match.
Finch ensured the reigning champions finished a disappointing campaign with a win after contributing an impressive 63 runs off 49 balls, including four sixes.
Brisbane would have still been in with a chance if Jack Prestwidge had caught Finch on 47 in the 18th over but he dropped a regulation outfield catch. It left the home team needing 18 runs off the last two overs, then seven off the last, with Finch belting Ben Cutting’s first ball for six then scoring the winning run with four balls remaining.
The @HeatBBL campaign comes to a disappointing end as the @RenegadesBBL win by 7 wickets with 4 balls remaining.
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Mohammad Nabi was with Finch at the end on 38 from 28 deliveries. Earlier, a half-century to Matt Renshaw was the highlight of patchy innings by the Heat.
The Renegades finally have something to celebrate.Source:Getty Images
Renshaw, run out off the last ball of the innings, impressed with 65 runs from 47 balls, including four sixes.
But big guns Chris Lynn (14) and AB de Villiers (6) failed to fire, while Marnus Labuschagne (28) helped steady the innings.
Spinners Mohammad Nabi (1/23), Cameron Boyce (1/29) and Samit Patel (1/23) helped apply the brakes, while young quick Will Sutherland took 3-30 from three overs.
The top five BBL teams for the 2019/20 season have finally been decided, and the knockout finals are slightly easier for fans to comprehend.
For the first time ever, five of the eight teams qualify for the Big Bash finals in a revamped format.
The Scorchers, Heat and Renegades are officially out of the tournament after disappointing campaigns. Despite only winning six of their 14 matches, the Thunder qualify for the BBL finals for the first time in four years.
Sydney Thunder make the finals for just the second time in their men’s history. Only other time they qualified, they won it. To do that this time they must beat fourth, third, second and first. #BBL09
1st — Melbourne Stars (10-4)
2nd — Sydney Sixers (9-4)
3rd — Adelaide Strikers (8-5)
4th — Hobart Hurrcianes (6-7)
5th — Sydney Thunder (6-7)
6th — Perth Sccorchers (6-8)
7th — Brisbane Heat (6-8)
8th — Melbourne Renegades (3-11)
The path is set. Five teams are left standing.
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Thursday Jan 30 — The Eliminator: Hobart Hurricanes Vs Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena
Friday Jan 31 — The Qualifier: Melbourne Stars Vs Sydney Sixers at MCG
Saturday Feb 1 — The Knockout: Adelaide Strikers Vs Winner of The Eliminator at Adelaide Oval
Thursday Feb 6 — The Challenger: Loser of The Qualifier Vs Winner of The Knockout at TBA
Saturday Feb 8 — The Final: Winner of The Qualifier Vs Winner of The Challenger at TBA
SCORCHERS FAIL TO REACH FINALS AGAIN
Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges says too much was left to too few, as the BBL’s most successful franchise missed out on the finals for a second straight season.
The Scorchers went into the final round of games in fourth spot, but a seven wicket-loss away to Sydney Thunder on Sunday combined with Hobart’s win in Adelaide over the Strikers a few hours later, dumped Perth out of the top five.
With three titles, the West Australian side is the only team to have won more than one in the eight previous years of the competition.
They missed out on finals for the first time last year when they finished eighth and last.
While they have ended with two more wins than last season, they dropped to sixth after finishing with successive losses.
Not the way they wanted it to end.Source:AAP
Voges, who was awarded an OAM for service to cricket in the Australia Day honours list, reflected on some missed opportunities across the season and an over reliance on half a dozen players.
“There’s a number of moments I guess over a 14-game season where you look back,” Voges said in Sydney before his side’s fate was sealed in Adelaide.
“A run chase in Adelaide, a run chase against the Stars in Melbourne …
“Little bits and pieces, a couple of big moments that we weren’t able to win.
“We probably asked a bit too much of too few this year.
“We had some really high quality performers. I thought, Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis and Mitch Marsh with the bat were outstanding.
“Fawad (Ahmed), Jhye Richardson and Chris Jordan were brilliant with the ball.
“But we probably asked a bit too much of those six and probably just needed a few more contributions along the way.
“I thought there was a lot of positive signs.
“We certainly showed I think our best cricket was good enough, we probably just didn’t show it often enough.”
Sunday’s game marked an unhappy debut for the Scorchers latest recruit, veteran South African paceman Morne Morkel, who went for 18 runs in his only over.
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