A record domestic Twenty20 crowd in Australia packed the MCG last night to see the Melbourne Renegades defeat the Melbourne Stars.
46,581 people were on hand to see Victorian favourite and Renegades captain Aaron Finch lead his side to a comfortable victory with a Man-of-the-Match performance of 67 from 47 deliveries.
The attendance broke the previous record of 43,125 which was set in January, 2010 between Victoria and Tasmania.
The top-three crowds for domestic T20 matches have all been at the home of cricket including last year’s inaugural derby, which remains the only time the Stars have prevailed over the Renegades, drawing 40,227 through the gates.
The game will be remembered for the increasing rivalry between the two sides which saw three players, Shane Warne, Marlon Samuels and Cameron White face disciplinary action today.
The Renegades’ nine-wicket win secures a home semi-final to be played at Etihad Stadium next week.
The Stars will be able to book their spot in the final with a victory over the winless Sydney Thunder tomorrow night at the MCG.
Top 10 Twenty20 domestic crowds in Australia 46,581 at MCG – 6/1/13 Melbourne Stars V Melbourne Renegades 43,125 at MCG – 15/1/10 Victoria V Tasmania 40,227 at MCG – 7/1/12 Melbourne Stars V Melbourne Renegades 31,262 at ANZ Stadium – 8/1/12 Sydney Thunder V Sydney Sixers 29,743 at ANZ Stadium – 13/1/10 New South Wales V Queensland 29,429 at MCG – 2/1/11 – Victoria V Queensland 29,241 at Gabba – 20/12/11 Brisbane Heat V Melbourne Stars 28,940 at MCG – 13/1/07 Victoria V Tasmania 28,052 at MCG – 2/1/10 Victoria V New South Wales 27,920 at Adelaide Oval – 5/2/11 South Australia V New South Wales