Aaron Finch steers Melbourne Renegades to victory over COVID-hit Melbourne Stars

Against a Melbourne Stars side decimated by COVID-19, World Cup winner Aaron Finch showed his experience in taking his Melbourne Renegades to a much-needed win at the MCG.

The win should take the Renegades off the bottom of the ladder as Finch made 50 runs off 40 balls in a five-wicket victory (5-129), securing a boost point in the process.

Eyes on the prize: Aaron Finch compiled a telling knock against the Stars.

Eyes on the prize: Aaron Finch compiled a telling knock against the Stars.Credit:Getty Images

The Stars were missing 11 players due to COVID-19 and only made 126, which was never going to be enough.

Finch and Shaun Marsh added 63 for the second wicket to have their side in a winning position, although Finch will be disappointed he didn’t dispatch Tom O’Connell’s (2-11) waist-high full-toss for six with Haris Rauf catching him on the rope.

Rauf then clean bowled Mohammad Nabi for a first-ball duck leaving the Renegades at 5-91 after losing 3-4.

The Renegades activated their x-factor player early in the match with batsman James Seymour replacing Will Sutherland, and it proved a wise move as Seymour (17 not out) teamed with Mackenzie Harvey (19 not out) to score the remaining runs.

Stars replacement wicket-keeper Patrick Rowe gave himself a stumping on debut with the 20-year-old from Premier Cricket club St Kilda bobbling the ball from spinner Qais Ahmad but gathering it in time to stump Sam Harper.

The Stars’ batting line-up has been severely hurt by their forced outs and batting first they were soon in trouble with Renegades skipper Nic Maddinson taking three quick wickets with his left-arm spin and Glenn Maxwell’s side falling to 3-54 when Travis Dean was bowled for 32 off 26.

Hilton Cartwright made 41 off 29 to get the Stars into three figures before they were bowled out for 126 with the final ball with Maddison taking 3-20 and Kane Richardson 3-24.

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