Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades, 33rd Match (N), Melbourne, Jan 3 2022, Big Bash League
Match Result: Renegades won by 5 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: Kane Richardson
Match Report: Melbourne Renegades overcame depleted crosstown rival Melbourne Stars to secure a much-needed five-wicket victory at the MCG. Renegades have traditionally struggled in the Melbourne derby but confirmed their favoritism against a beleaguered Stars, who had 12 players unavailable due to testing positive for Covid-19.
Australia’s T20 World Cup heroes Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa were among the key players sidelined. A near full-strength Renegades restricted an inexperienced Stars batting order to just 126 and then recovered from a mid-innings collapse in the chase to lift off the bottom of the table. The Melbourne derby at the MCG is traditionally the BBL’s highest-attended game annually but attracted a crowd of just 21,562 on this occasion.
Kane Richardson was awarded the Player of the Match for his wicket-taking as well as economical spell of 3/24.
Renegades opener Aaron Finch: “It was nice. I felt as though my movements were good early. I though Qais Ahmad would be the main danger. [On Shaun Marsh] he’s someone who bring calmness to the team so it’s great to see him playing again. I just feel as though sometimes you need a little bit of a break [from captaincy]. I’m 35 now so there comes a time where you need to put a little bit of time to put into your own game. Nic Maddinson is someone who thinks a lot about the game and it was a great opportunity for him to learn.
Coming over from the Stars, it was a great opportunity for him to lead. I think if you get on a run in T20 cricket, we’ve got a big block of games. If you get on a run with a lot of back to back games, you can get some momentum. We’ve got a really young group so getting experience into these guys is important. Whatever we have to do to keep the tournament going, I think cricket is the winner. The more that we can play and put on a really good product, the better for everyone.”