Despite our heartbreaking big semi final loss to eventual champions Brisbane Heat, the Melbourne Renegades is delighted to have produced a successful BBL|02 campaign that included seven wins in nine matches.
The new-look squad was able to turn around a disappointing BBL|01 campaign through some outstanding individual performances, the unveiling of some exciting new talent and the development of a great team culture under the eye of coach Simon Helmot.
With the bat, new captain Aaron Finch led the way as the team's highest run scorer for the second straight season with 332 runs at a strike-rate of 125.75 runs every 100 balls. Finch's average of 66.40 was the best in the competition.
Batting at number four in his first year in the red jersey, Ben Rohrer also enjoyed a bumper year with the stick. Rohrer's total of 295 runs (ave 49.16, strike-rate 152.06) was easily better than any other middle-order player in the competition.
Tom Cooper's seven 6s in the late overs often proved the difference in tight chases, while Alex Hales shone as a late replacement following Marlon Samuels' injury.
The Renegades spin bowling trio of Sri Lankan great Muthiah Muralidaran (11 wickets), Aaron O'Brien (9 wickets) and West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels (8 wickets) were a major force behind our top-of-the-table regular season finish. With the ability to mix flight and spin, combined with a dedicated, well-drilled fielding unit, our spinners ability to stifle opposition top orders paved the way for some great wins.
Our pace attack of Darren Pattinson, Will Sheridan and Nathan Rimmington also enjoyed successful seasons, with returns of nine, nine and eight wickets respectively.
Renegades season in stats
24 January 2013