Well, it’s happened again, the Stars qualify for finals, look good and they fail to deliver in a final.
They were clearly the best side in the home and away section, cruising along at 10-1 leading in to their final 3 games. They had the competitions leading run scorer in Marcus Stoinis who had just set the record for the highest score of 147 off just 79 balls, Glenn Maxwell was flying, not only batting well but bowling superbly and his captaincy was incredible and their bowling attack was strong and varied. It all looked so rosey.
Fast forward to the Qualifier, and whilst hosting the game at the MCG, they were coming in off the back of 3 straight losses, Stoinis had stopped scoring runs and things were looking shakey heading in to finals.
Having bowled really well restricting the Sixers to just 142, which didn’t look enough, their batting again imploded and were rolled for just 99, their lowest BBL score. This comes off the back of last year’s grand final, where chasing 145 to win, went from 0-93 in the 12th over to end up the game making 7-132, losing 7-19 in 5 overs which cost them dearly.
The Stars have made the finals in 8 out of 9 BBL series, twice finishing on top of the ladder, yet their finals record sits at 2-8, having previously lost 5 Semi finals and two grand finals and are one of only 2 franchises yet to win the title.
The big question is, can this side actually win 2 finals in a row to win the competition as their record suggests it can’t.
Having seemingly again blown a strong position, you have to start to wonder if the Melbourne Stars are the biggest Chokers in Australian sport