Finch stands firm against the Redbacks
Aaron Finch hit a valuable 48 to help the Victorian Bushrangers to a total of 166/7 against the West End Redbacks in front of a sell out crowd at the Adelaide Oval.
The Victorian Bushrangers won the toss with stand in skipper David Hussey electing to bat first as the Vics looked to set a high total to put the Redbacks under pressure.
The Bushrangers got off to a slow start thanks to some good bowling from Shaun Tait and Mark Cleary who restricted Brad Hodge and Finch to singles. Cleary became the first player this year to bowl a maiden.
Hodge struggled to find the boundary for the Vics but Finch was in fine form punishing some poor bowling as he raced towards his fifty. Their opening partnership was ended by Aaron O'Brien who caught Hodge off his own bowling leaving the visitors 47-1 after 5.3 overs.
Rob Quiney joined Finch at the crease scoring 12 before he was caught by Tom Cooper out at deep square leg to give Gary Putland his first wicket of the night.
Finch soon followed for 48 when he was caught by Daniel Christian at long off to leave the Bushrangers 85-3 after 11 overs.
The experienced pair of Hussey and Andrew McDonald started the recovery for the Vics but Hussey went cheaply for 15 after being caught by Putland of the bowling of Cleary to put the Redbacks on top.
Matthew Wade soon followed for 1 to give O'Brien his second wicket of the night as the home side looked to press home their advantage.
The Bushrangers were in deep trouble but McDonald and Aiden Blizzard enjoyed a partnership of 33 before McDonald departed for 25. Blizzard remained at the crease to complete a quick fire 42 from just 19 balls.
Blizzards blitz included 3 sixes to help the Bushrangers to a total of 166 and they will feel confident of defending that total to claim their fourth Big Bash title.