Finch hits roof in Renegades' BBL win

SAM LIENERT
Last updated 00:54 20/12/2012

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Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch has been denied a certain six by the Etihad Stadium roof while leading his side to a crushing Big Bash League win over the Hobart Hurricanes.

Chasing a measly 103 to win, the top-placed Hurricanes reached their target in 13.2 overs with seven wickets in hand to remain unbeaten after three games.

Finch, the competition's top-scorer this season, finished unbeaten on 46 to top his side's scoring for a third straight game.

He has scored 188 from three innings and been out only once.

But he should have six more.

In the third over of the Renegades' innings, Finch launched a mighty hit over the legside, off Hobart quick Doug Bollinger.

It cleared the boundary before striking a roof beam about 25m high, which stopped the ball from most likely landing in the top tier of the grandstand.

The umpires conferred before deeming it a dead ball and a scoreless delivery followed.

The roof has been hit only once before, by Mike Hussey in 2005 in a one-day international against an ICC World XI.

The Hurricanes' loss left them with one win from three games.

Their batting was dismal.

Wickets fell frequently throughout their innings of 9-102.

Retired Australia great Ricky Ponting (25 from 25 balls) top-scored before being bowled by Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan attempting a reverse-pull shot.

Murali took 2-16 from his four overs, with West Indian off-spinning allrounder Marlon Samuels (3-22) and seamer Nathan Rimmington (3-18) also among the wickets.

Finch said he wished the roof hadn't been there but knew the rules.

"I realised straightaway when it bounced back," he said.

"We'd been talking about it today actually, that if it hits the roof it's a dead ball, we knew that."

But opposing skipper George Bailey said common sense decreed it should have been six.

"I think particularly that beam that's just above us (that Finch hit), it's over the rope already, so it's probably a six with common sense," Bailey said.

"But having said that, if it hits the roof genuine you're probably going to be caught out so it probably goes both ways for the batters."

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