CLT20 Desk in Mumbai
Finch named BBL Player of Tournament
Melbourne Renegades skipper scored 309 runs at stellar average of 77.25
Finch polled 21 votes to finish a decisive winner ahead of Shaun Marsh (17) and Lasith Malinga (16). Chris Lynn, Ricky Ponting and Luke Pomersbach finished in a tie for fourth on 12 points.
Finch polled in five of the seven matches he played while amassing 309 runs at an average of 77.25 and strike rate of 128.21. His saved his two best performances of the year for cross-town rivals the Melbourne Stars, scoring 178 runs in two matches without being dismissed, including a highest score of 111 not out in the opening match of the season.
Aaron Finch Season Highlights (round matches only):
·309 runs (2nd in BBL)
·38 boundaries - 31 x fours, 7 x sixes (2nd)
·77.25 Batting Average – (1st among players who played at least three matches)
·Highest score: 111*
Also named today was the KFC T20 Big Bash League’s Young Gun, with Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Lynn edging teammate Ben Cutting and Perth Scorchers fast-bowling all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile to win the award.
To be eligible for the BBL Young Gun award, a player must have been 25 or under and never have represented Australia when the BBL season started.
A finalist for the BBL Player of the Tournament, 22-year-old Lynn batted in the middle order for the Brisbane Heat with his two best innings of the season a pair of 51s, one against Perth Scorchers and the other against Sydney Thunder.
Lynn’s six-hitting ability (one every 11.8 balls) ranked him among the league’s elite behind Heat teammate Thisara Perera (8.5 balls per six), and Strikers duo Kieron Pollard (9.1) and Nathan Reardon (11.4)., while his strike rate (140.18) ranked fifth among the league’s top 20 run scorers.
Player of the Tournament Voting Procedure
The Player of the Tournament was awarded to the player who received the most votes from umpires at the end of the 32-match regular season. After each match, both umpires cast individual 3-2-1 votes.