Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars (Sunday 3.45am GMT)
The Stars upset the odds in the first semi final, qualifying 4th in the league table with a 7-7 record and knocking off the long-time league leaders Hobart in Tasmania to reach the final.
The win was set-up by a sensational spell from unheralded Stars quick Dan Worrall who mixed seam, swing and slower balls to good effect. He took 4 for 23 including the prize scalp of Matthew Wade in the second over of the innings.
The Hurricanes lost three wickets in the Powerplay for only the second time in the tournament and again lost the game. Wade and D’Arcy Short contributed just 37 between them after scoring 810 as a pair throughout the tournament.
Stars leading players are Marcus Stoinis with 480 runs and new captain Glenn Maxwell down the order with 330. No bowler has taken more than 15 wickets in their15 games with DJ Bravo ahead of all-rounder Stoinis who has underlined his value with 14 wickets.
The Renegades qualified for the semi-finals with a second place finish in the league table.
In their home semi-final in Melbourne the top wicket-taker in the tournament Kane Richardson who had taken 24 wickets before the semi, went round the park and the Sixers scored a competitive 180-3 which the Renegades reached with two balls to spare with Finch anchoring the innings and the all-rounder Dan Christian rescuing the side from 133-6 with three sixes in his 31* batting seven.
For the final, a Melbourne Derby with the host Renegades my focus is on the Renegades top run scorer market
In Aaron Finch’s 7 innings in the competition (playing for the national side for the first half of the BBL season) he has scored 207 runs. Pro-rata, assuming similar performance over a full competition, he’d be comfortably the top Renegades run scorer in the tournament in a line up with only one other player over 300 runs in the tournament.
Over the course of 50 T20 Internationals and 250 games in total Finch has scored at a strike rate between 140-160 but in this competition his strike rate is 116 as he has taken on the role of providing the platform the side can base their innings around. An experienced big game player on a mixed-use small ground (the Marvel stadium hosts football and the AFL primarily) he has 70 scores of 50+ in his career
Here Finch is available at over 2/1 (21/10) with Betfair Sportsbook