Big six, super catches, and thrilling finishes – the first nine seasons of the KFC Big Bash League have had all of this and more.
Top 20 greatest BBL moments: 20-18 | 17-15 | 14-12 | 11-9 | 8-6 | 5 | 4
To mark the 10th season of competition this summer, we’re counting 20 of the greatest moments in competition history, whether good, bad or just plain weird.
We continue today with # 3 in the countdown and will continue to relive more classic moments over the next couple of days.
3) The stars stumble to give the Renegades the title
Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, Melbourne, BBL | 08
By Louis Cameron
Even though you couldn’t see the stadium scoreboard, the reactions from veteran duo Daniel Christian and Cameron White told you everything you need to know.
The Melbourne Renegades didn’t stand a chance.
On a hot Sunday afternoon in February with the roof of Docklands open for the first KFC BBL derby, Peter Handscomb hit one in the air to give Christian an easy grip and see the Stars lose their second wicket at the pursuit of a modest 146.
Still, the fact that White, Christian’s closest defender after catching sheer chance, barely looked his longtime teammate in the eye as he offered his hand for a token high-five suggested the result. was inevitable.
The Stars would surely break their final hoodoo
Between them, White and Christian had played more than 500 T20 games. Their “celebration” said it all; it was just a consolation wicket and the Stars would soon be lifting the trophy.
As a former captain of the Stars, White knew his former team’s propensity to botch knockout games. But even they couldn’t stuff this one.
“When the opposition has nine wickets in hand and need 50 at about a run-a-ball in a T20 game, your chances of winning are not great,” White told cricket.com.au.
The Renegades had always been the tip cousin of the two Melbourne teams. By the start of the competition, the Stars had nipped the lion’s share of local Victorian talent (even Glenn Maxwell, initially a Renegade, had crossed over after a season), introduced Victorian royalty to Shane Warne, and colonized the MCG.
The Renegades, on the other hand, had settled for interstate players initially unknown to local fans, settled for Muttiah Muralidaran and played at home in a venue that, at least in the early years, was not conducive to cricket. attractive.
In the seven seasons completed, neither side had won the title. Considering the Stars’ superiority at the time, not having reached the final once, it seemed appropriate that they were on the Melbourne side to earn the bragging rights.
But the beauty of T20 cricket is how quickly things can move away from what seems like doom.
When Christian took another take on the edge of Ben Dunk just after Handscomb exited, his facial expression as he walked back to his teammates reflected simmering hope that wasn’t there moments ago.
What followed was confusing, as the Stars suffered a breathtaking 7-19 collapse in just 30 balls. The last six wickets were all duds and it was the Renegades, in a way, who were BBL champions | 08.
How the Stars lost the game after first having the Renegades 5-65 in the 11th in the opening innings of the game, then 0-93 in the 13th in the second remains the most puzzling of their litany of mergers. finals.
“We went from having any chance of winning to having no chance of losing in a very short period of time,” White said.
While they only needed 53 out of 42 balls when they lost their first wicket and a Handscomb middle star, Maxwell, Nic Maddinson and Dwayne Bravo to follow, Marcus Stoinis and Dunk might have wished. have scored faster during their opening stand.
“You could feel like on the limit, we had to kill the game a little earlier … It was that kind of game, we probably had to go harder. That’s all in hindsight,” Maxwell said later. .
For the Renegades, it marked the triumph of the outsiders.
Having incredibly just had two individual half centuries marked all season, their bowlers were the most unconventional heroes.
There was the versatile mate Christian, named player of the match for his first rescue act with the stick making 38 out of 30 balls from No.7 along with his two wickets and two strikes.
Cameron Boyce, who entered the season, was sidelined by the Australian T20 team and then by the state cricket system.
And England import Harry Gurney, dubbed a “left arm Mr Bean” by commentator Mark Waugh, who also suggested the paceman looked like he was struggling to secure a game for Bankstown’s Fourth XI (Gurney later pointed out that he had actually played a season with Bankstown, Waugh’s junior clubs, in 2012-13 and took 27 wickets at 14).
Not even an hour after trading those five lame tops, Christian and White reunited again. This embrace, after Christian had played the final ball and the Renegades’ impossible win was confirmed, was filled with ecstasy.
Photos of the brief moment when there were only two of them in arms, before the rest of their teammates invaded them, captured the raw emotion of both players.
He told you everything you needed to know.
Check back to cricket.com.au tomorrow as we continue our countdown to the most memorable moments in BBL history
Top 20 greatest BBL moments (so far)
20) BBL has a huge impact
19) Bob Quiney and the seagull
18) Dan Christian hits the roof
17) Zampa uses his head to get a wicket
16) Peter Handscomb is coming
15) Lynn hits five sixes in a row
14) Magician Malinga takes six of the best
13) Gayle equals the world record for the fifty fastest
12) Warne comments on McCullum’s wicket
11) McDermott’s miracle under the roof
10) Morgan’s Last Ball Fairy Tale
9) Warne v Samuels adds fire to the BBL
8) The superb double act of Laughlin & Weatherald
7) The leave that stopped the nation
6) Jordan Silk’s stunning Gabba
5) Lynn knocks Tait out of the Gabba
4) Record crowd packs the MCG
3) The stars stumble to give the Renegades the title