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Glenn Maxwell (AFP Photo)

Melbourne Stars captain Glenn Maxwell was gutted after his team’s heart-breaking defeat to Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League final on Sunday. (ALSO READ: We stuck to our basics and strengths really well- Finch)

Stars opted to field at the Docklands Stadium and had their opponents under the pump having reduced them to 65/5 at one stage. They allowed the pair of Tom Copper and Daniel Christian to resurrect the innings as they shared an unbroken partnership of 80 runs to help Renegades to 145/5.

Stars won seven matches of their 14 league matches to make the top-four and this enter the last-four stage. They defeated table-toppers Hobart Hurricanes to seal the final spot.

“We played some great cricket this tournament. To fall short in the end is disappointing,” Maxwell said at the post-match presentation.

Stars were in a dominating position with their openers Ben Dunk and Marcus Stoinis taking them to 93/0 in the chase. However, their chase imploded in the second half of the innings as they slumped to 112/7 before finally finishing on 132/7.

Maxwell, who managed just 1, said his players did well and that he couldn’t ask more of them. “It was great of our supporters to turn up. Thank you for that. Congratulations to the Renegades – you guys have been amazing. Can’t ask more of my guys, it’s been a great journey for the boys and the fans. Hopefully we can go one better next time around,” he said.