Aaron Finch Bids Farewell to BBL with a Winning Send-off Despite Duck

"This club is something I’ve put everything into, it’s sad that it’s over, but I’m also happy,"

In a bittersweet culmination to his illustrious Big Bash League (BBL) career, Aaron Finch, the former Australian captain and T20 cricket stalwart, bid adieu to the league with a winning finish, despite falling for a third-ball duck.

The Melbourne Renegades, Finch’s team, marked his retirement with a significant victory over their local rivals, the Melbourne Stars, boosting their morale while denting the Stars’ finals aspirations.

The match at Marvel Stadium saw Finch, the Renegades’ all-time leading scorer, end his innings unceremoniously. Charging down the pitch, he lofted an easy catch to his long-time friend Glenn Maxwell at mid-off. Maxwell, in a gesture of respect, refrained from celebrating as Finch, acknowledged by the 41,205-strong crowd, took his final walk off the field, bat raised in salute.

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Before the game, a tribute was paid to Finch’s contribution to the Renegades, with his team jersey number being officially retired.

Aaron Finch, Melbourne Renegades; Image Source XTwitter @RenegadesBBL

Finch’s impact on T20 cricket is undeniable. He retires as one of the greats of the BBL, holding records for the second-most runs, hundreds, fifties, and fours, as well as ranking fourth in sixes hit in the league.

Reflecting on his career, Finch, in a conversation with Fox Cricket, acknowledged the bittersweet nature of his retirement.

“This club is something I’ve put everything into, it’s sad that it’s over, but I’m also happy,” he said, recognising the bright future of the upcoming talents.

“I’m obviously well past my best, the young kids coming through are so good so I wanted to give them every opportunity, but it’s nice to go out with a win, especially against the Stars.”

The Renegades’ pursuit of the Stars’ target of 137 was initially rocky, especially during the Power Surge. However, the experience of Shaun Marsh, who remained unbeaten at 64 off 49 balls, alongside Jonathan Wells, ensured a steady path to victory with a 46-run partnership. This win elevated the Renegades from the bottom of the table.

Marsh’s performance was complemented by young talent Jake Fraser-McGurk, who showcased his potential with a brisk 42 off 31 balls, including a standout six over midwicket. The Renegades appeared in control at 1-74 at the halfway stage but momentarily stumbled during the Power Surge.

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The Stars’ innings featured a top score of 38 by Hilton Cartwright but lacked substantial contributions from others. Glenn Maxwell, Finch’s former housemate and teammate, briefly lit up the match with a quick 20 off 10 balls but couldn’t sustain his momentum.

Shaun Marsh, Melbourne Renegades; Image Source XTwitter @RenegadesBBL

The match also saw impressive bowling performances. Tom Rogers and Kane Richardson each took early wickets for the Renegades, while West Indian spinner Akeal Hosein, playing in only his first of two BBL games for the team, capitalised on the pitch conditions with significant turn.

Finch’s retirement marks the end of an era for the Renegades and the BBL. His legacy, both as a player and a leader, will undoubtedly inspire future generations in Australian cricket. As Finch steps away from the BBL, he leaves behind a record of excellence and a standard for aspiring cricketers to emulate.

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