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…

The C-word

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.

Low-scoring finale

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.

Boundary drought

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 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.

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