T20 Big Bash League - KFC

From the Stands - Calling Finch's Elves!

2/1/2013 11:13 AM
Finch goes bang!
By Ben Waterworth

Santa Claus has arguably the biggest and hardest job in the world.

But one thing is for sure: his little helpers are always there to support him in the lead up to the big annual sleigh ride. 

The big man dressed in red can always trust his elves to assist him with making and packing the millions of presents that must be delivered around the world.

Another big man dressed in red, however, has not been receiving the same elf-like support he had needed over recent weeks.

And if his helpers do not start doing their job, a KFC T20 Big Bash League trophy may not eventuate.

The Melbourne Renegades have been heavily relying on talented skipper Aaron Finch to win matches.

But it has turned into an unhealthy reliance.

And a reliance that was exposed when the Renegades clashed with the Perth Scorchers at the WACA on Saturday night.

Finch, who had had an outstanding BBL|02 campaign leading up to the match, suffered his first competition failure, being dismissed for just eight. He departed with his team still requiring 174 runs for victory with 18 overs and nine wickets remaining.

Support, leadership and, most importantly, runs were needed.

But no one stood up.

Ben Rohrer conjured a quick-fire 52, but all hope disappeared when he was out in the 12th over.

The previously undefeated Renegades had fallen. The chinks in the batting line-up had been exposed.

Was this the kick in the pants all Renegades batsmen needed?

Besides Rohrer and Finch, no Renegades batsman has scored more than 70 runs for the competition so far. 

For the Renegades to feature prominently in the BBL|02 finals, individual form must be reversed. Starting tonight.

Daniel Harris needs to stop thinking like a second fiddle player and start taking on the new ball. At his best, the 'Doc' is undoubtedly one of the best T20 batsmen to watch in Australia.

Marlon Samuels simply needs to relax! He has the talent and power to cause havoc, now all he needs to do is shrug off the 'star recruit' title and play his natural game.

And Tom Cooper just needs to make the most of his limited opportunities. However it is always hard being a middle-order batsman in a T20, as you often head into a match contemplating whether you will even put yours pads on in the dressing room.

Will these Renegades batsmen give their skipper the perfect gift this January and start supporting him with runs?