Big Bash Grand Final: Aaron Finch breaks chair, reaction, Renegades vs Stars
The Melbourne Renegades may have won the Big Bash grand final in dramatic fashion, but it was skipper Aaron Finch who stole the limelight.
In the all-Melbourne final the Renegades opener was sensationally sent on his way in the sixth over when a straight-drive from Cameron White was flicked onto the stumps off of Jackson Bird’s foot.
The freak moment left commentators and fans watching on in disbelief.
“That’s not run out is it?” Fox Cricket commentator Shane Warne said.
“Can you believe it Howie? That’s a shame. He looked in unbelievable touch, like the Aaron Finch of old today. You’ve got to be kidding.”
Adam Gilchrist agreed it was “stiff”.
But it was moments later that became the biggest talking point when Finch, on his way into the dressing rooms, swung and smashed a plastic chair.
His anger boiled over and he took his frustrations out on the nearest thing he could once he had walked off the ground.
But fans weren’t happy with the skipper for his savage display and were quick to rip him for setting a bad example for kids watching on.
Not a great look for someone of @AaronFinch5 caliber smashing a plastic chair with his bat when he’s gone out. Not something we want our kids to do, but probably not something @FoxCricket wants to replay too often. #bbl08final
— Elliot Smale (@ejsmale1) February 17, 2019
#BBL08 Aaron Finch hitting a chair with his bat in frustration. Not a good look!! Setting a poor example for the kids!!!
— Dodgy brother (@dogebros) February 17, 2019
The divisive moment became one of the biggest talking points from what turned out to be an almighty grand final clash between the two Melbourne sides.
Finch has endured a tough summer of cricket and looked to be in a good place in the early going before the disastrous moment struck.
Despite plenty of backlash over Finch’s actions, there was also a flood of support and even anger towards the host broadcasters for showing the moment which took place in the tunnel of Marvel Stadium.
Everyone having a go at Aaron Finch need to check themselves. This is his livelihood & got a rough dismissal. He was off the field in the tunnel out of the eye of spectators when he blew off some steam. The only reason kids saw it was broadcast. Film the cricket. #BBL08 #BBLFinal
— Matt Baseley (@MattBaseley) February 17, 2019
Finch caught on camera smashing a chair with his bat. He’ll probably be fined… because it was caught on camera #BBLFinal
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) February 17, 2019
The incredible grand final clash went down to the wire with the Melbourne Stars seemingly strolling towards victory after reaching 0-93 in chasing the Renegades’ 145 first innings total.
But in the blink of an eye it all fell apart for the Stars as they lost a stunning seven-wickets for 19 runs to watch the game slip through their fingers.
Finch’s moment of madness was pushed to the side as he celebrated the stunning win with his team. But there was still plenty of fun to be had at the skippers expense.
Originally published as ‘Blow up’ causes divide among fans