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Aaron Finch unable to shoot again, Melbourne Renegades knock out Hobart Hurricanes from final

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Aaron Finch’s poor form with the bat continued on Tuesday, with the limited-oversized Australian captain once again unable to post a respectable score for his Melbourne Renegades.

But luckily for the Renegades skipper, his team showed fans a glimpse of what’s to come in the future with an 11-point victory over the Hobart Hurricanes. The Renegades officially ended their season with four wins and 10 losses in 14 games.

And the news for the Hurricanes, who were chasing just 151 points to win at the MCG, isn’t much better with today’s loss officially knocking Hobart out of the Finals.

The Hurricanes got off to a perfect start when Finch, who produced just six runs from seven deliveries, was sacked by Riley Meredith in another underperforming inning.

Finch finished the season with a total of 179 runs at an average of just 13.76, well below last year’s average of 45.38.

The 34-year-old BBL season’s disaster puts the Australian team in a tight spot as Finch prepares to return to captain’s post with a five-game T20 streak against New Zealand slated for February.

“Aaron Finch’s Big Bash ended pretty much the way it started,” Mel Jones said on Fox Cricket.

Great Australian cricketer Mike Hussey added: “Disappointing for Aaron Finch.

“He was trying to hit Riley Meredith out of the park and he didn’t have any timing on it and that ball had been in the air for a very long time.”

After Finch left, Shaun Marsh (12 of 14), Sam Harper (19 of 16) and Jake Fraser-McGurk (zero of two) all called with disappointing innings.

But 40 from Mackenzie Harvey and an unbeaten 54 of 35 from Beau Webster gave the Renegades bowlers a defensible score.

Mackenzie Harvey Goes All The Way For Six

The second inning saw Zak Evans produce one of the best bowling performances of the tournament, his 5-33 numbers smothering the Hurricanes.

Evans sacked the duo of Matthew Wade (13 of six) and D’Arcy Short (29 of 32) to help lead his team to a shock victory.

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