Sydney Thunder has fallen 28-runs short to the Melbourne Stars in the Challenger Final at the MCG.
After winning the flip, the Stars made the most of their decision to bat first, with Marcus Stoinis and Nic Maddinson racing to 38 after 3.2 overs before Chris Morris struck.
A few missed opportunities in the field allowed Stoinis (83) and Player of the Match Nick Larkin (83*) to power the home side to a strong total of 194 at the MCG.
After losing three key wickets in the first six overs, Alex Ross (58), Chris Morris (21) and Arjun Nair (30) fought hard to keep Thunder in the game but in the end fell short of a BBL|09 Final berth.
Thunder made one change to its side that upset the Strikers in Adelaide, with Nathan McAndrew coming into the side for Brendan Doggett. The Stars stuck with the same XI that fell to the Sixers in the Qualifier.
Thunder: Callum Ferguson (C), Jonathan Cook, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Chris Tremain
Stars: Glenn Maxwell (C), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sebastian Gotch, Pete Handscomb, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Haris Rauf, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa
PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH
The classy No. 4 put together his best performance of the season to bring Thunder right back into the game after losing three early wickets, smashing 58 runs from 38 deliveries, including three fours and three sixes.
Chris Morris was the best of the bowlers, taking 2/30 from his four overs. The South African star also hit a handy 21 from 16.
THE NEXT STOP
That's the end of Thunder's season, with the Stars progressing to take on the Sixers in the BBL|09 Final on Saturday night at the SCG.