The BBL08 final saw the Melbourne Renegades pull off one of the most incredible victories in Australian cricket history as cross-town rivals the Stars were paralysed under pressure.
Here’s how it looked for Punters:
Champagne popped too early?
At 0/93 chasing 146, the Melbourne Stars had one hand on the BBL08 trophy on Sunday afternoon. The engraver had already got to work. Needing 53 off 43 balls, the Green Machine were cruising at almost unbackable odds. But a collapse of 7/19 in 30 balls shifted momentum in a way we’ve never seen in this competition. As $1.74 pre-game favourites with Palmerbet, the Stars whittled away their price through an ultra-professional performance for three-quarters of the final. But the final quarter of the match saw them freeze. They were paralysed under pressure. And it only led to suggestions of one word…
Is this the greatest choke in Australian sporting history? 👀
0/93 ➡️ 7/112 in 30 utterly chaotic deliveries.
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) February 17, 2019
The Stars loss led to schadenfreude of epic proportions, as delighted fans wheeled out the ‘choke’ memes quicker than you can say ‘bbl-bottle-job’. After making seven finals series in eight seasons, the Stars remain one of just two clubs (along with the Hurricanes) to not have won a BBL title.
The Melbourne Stars needed 53 runs from 43 balls, with 10 wickets in hand, to win the entire tournament – and they threw it away.
This is the greatest choke in T20 history.#BBL08
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) February 17, 2019
The Renegades never quite got going in their innings, and coach Andrew McDonald admitted after the game he thought their total of 145 was ‘about 25 runs below par’. Finals’ hero Dan Christian and Tom Cooper put on 80 runs for the sixth wicket to make the game competitive. Cooper was $8.50 pre-game to be the Renegades’ top runscorer with Palmerbet. The ‘Renegades win/Cooper top team runscorer’ double was at a juicy $13.
Looking forward to Mark Waugh and Shane Warne offering an on-air apology to Tom Cooper for sledging him the whole time he put together a perfectly timed, unbelievably composed, match-winning innings. I suppose he should have batted like the Stars' middle order….? #BBLFinal
— Craig Dand (@craigdand) February 17, 2019
The BBL08 final will be remembered for its dramatic finish, but the truth is it was far from a classic game. Palmerbet’s line for ‘Total Match Sixes’ was at 9.5, and ‘Total Match Fours’ at 25.5. But it would finish at 7 and 19 respectively, as punters that backed unders were rewarded.
Melbourne Stars 0-93 after 12.5 overs:
Followed by a collapse of 7-19 from the next 30 balls:
— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) February 17, 2019
Melbourne is Red
In the end, the Renegades were deserved winners. Starting the season as lowly sixth-favourites with Palmerbet at $8, they continued to prove the doubters wrong. ‘Lack of depth, no star-power without Finch, average bowling lineup’…but they shut everyone up. Even before the finals series they were $3.75 outsiders with Palmerbet. So bravo, Aaron Finch, Andrew McDonald and your side.
That’s why you play pic.twitter.com/aqJU3mwPfV
— Dan Christian (@danchristian54) February 17, 2019