How to stream the Big Bash Final for free in Australia

Chris Stead 16 February 2019 NEWS

BBL Final Renegades Stars

The BBL 08 Final between the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars is on Sunday, February 17, but where can you watch it?

Another massive Big Bash T20 season is coming to an end, and after a record number of games, the field has been whittled down to two remaining teams. On the one hand, you have the Melbourne Stars, led by big-hitting enigma Glen Maxwell. The Stars are looking for its first BBL title, after narrowly missing out in the Big Bash 05 final.

On the other hand, there are local derby rivals the Melbourne Renegades who have made it to their first ever final. They only scraped in, too, with veteran Dan Christian guiding them to an unlikely victory in the semi-final after the Sydney Sixes set an imposing total. Can the best bowler in the league, Kane Richardson, lead them to victory?

When is the BBL Final On?

The Big Bash 08 Final will begin at 2.45pm on February 17, at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium. Given that the Renegades finished higher on the table during the regular season, the team has been gifted the benefits of a home game in what will be a packed-out stadium. Here is how the start time is reflected across the time zones.

    • Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart: 5:10pm AEDT
    • Perth: 11:45am AWST
    • Darwin: 1:15pm ACST
    • Brisbane: 1:45pm AEST
    • Adelaide: 2:15pm ACDT
    • New Zealand: 4:45pm NZDT

Where to Watch the BBL Final

There are two places you can watch Big Bash 08 Final between the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars. The first is on Channel 7 and the second is via Fox Cricket. Note that the Cricket Australia app no longer has the rights to broadcast BBL or international cricket.

Channel 7:

The Big Bash Final will air live on free-to-air TV via Channel 7, however, it will not be streamed on the 7Plus App. The benefit of Channel 7 is that it is free and it is easily accessible through terrestrial TV. The cons of Channel 7 are the ads, the fact that you cannot stream it through any other device, and the coverage is your standard featureless experience.

Kayo Sports:

The rights to stream the BBL Final have landed with Fox Sports and its Fox Cricket channel. There are multiple ways to access Fox Cricket, but in our opinion, the clear winner is Kayo Sports. Available on PC, Mac, iOS and Android, and through your TV via ChromeCast, Apple TV or Android TV, it's easily accessible from anywhere. It gives you access to all the content from the most important Foxtel sports channels (Fox Sports 1-8, beIN Sports 1-3, ESPN 1-2).

It also comes with a number of innovative sports-specific viewing features. This includes splitscreen, hide scores, rewind and pause, picture-in-picture, jump to highlight moment and more. It does cost $25 a month, but it comes with a 14-day free trial. This means you can easily enjoy the Big Bash Final, and two weeks of other sports, for free. You can then decide whether to keep it on for the upcoming NRL and AFL seasons, the cricket World Cup, and the Ashes.

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Foxtel:

Fox Cricket is also available through the traditional TV-bound Foxtel IQ service and the streaming Foxtel Now service. The benefits of Foxtel IQ are that you can record content, access non-sport experiences and, where applicable, watch in 4K. The cons are the significant $68 per month cost, the fact you have to get non-sport channels even if you don't want them, and the invasive installation process.

Foxtel Now is more instant and breaks away from the TV to air through most devices. But unless you have your heart set on also getting the Pop and Lifestyle channels (which are mandatory), it's hard to justify the $54 price tag when compared to Kayo Sports.

It's important to note that both Foxtel Now and Foxtel IQ do offer Eurosport, Sky Racing and three premier league club channels on top of the channels offered by Kayo Sports.

Most Runs in BBL 08 Season

Player Team Matches Runs High Score Average Strike Rate 4s 6s
DJM Short Hobart Hurricanes 15 637 96* 53.08 140.61 65 22
MS Wade Hobart Hurricanes 15 592 88 42.28 146.89 48 21
MP Stoinis Melbourne Stars 12 494 81 54.88 133.51 47 10
CJ Ferguson Sydney Thunder 14 442 113* 34 134.75 39 14
DP Hughes Sydney Sixers 15 399 62 30.69 129.54 46 6
CA Lynn Brisbane Heat 14 385 84 35 126.22 28 21
AJ Turner Perth Scorchers 14 378 69 31.5 132.63 28 12
BR McDermott Hobart Hurricanes 15 376 53 37.6 123.27 16 14
GJ Bailey Hobart Hurricanes 15 363 70* 45.37 148.77 27 14
JW Wells Adelaide Strikers 14 359 69 44.87 125.08 27 6
SR Watson Sydney Thunder 14 344 100 26.46 129.81 30 18
M Bryant Brisbane Heat 14 335 71* 27.91 150.22 42 14
SB Harper Melbourne Renegades 15 335 56* 23.92 141.35 37 10
CA Ingram Adelaide Strikers 13 333 75 30.27 138.75 22 17
GJ Maxwell Melbourne Stars 12 330 82 36.66 145.37 16 17
AT Carey Adelaide Strikers 12 329 70 27.41 120.07 36 7
J Weatherald Adelaide Strikers 14 328 82 23.42 128.12 36 10
JR Philippe Sydney Thunder 15 304 86* 30.40 158.33 35 7
BB McCullum Brisbane Heat 14 302 69 23.23 117.05 22 12
CT Bancroft Perth Scorchers 11 298 87* 33.11 124.68 20 9
MC Henriques Sydney Sixes/td> 15 289 61* 26.27 128.44 22 9

Most Wickets in BBL 08 Season

Player Team Matches Overs Runs Against Wickets Economy Strike Rate
KW Richardson Melbourne Renegades 13 50.5 398 24 7.82 12.7
SA Abbott Sydney Sixers 15 54.1 443 22 8.17 14.7
SNJ O'Keefe Sydney Sixers 15 56 368 21 6.57 16
JK Lalor Brisbane Heat 11 39 297 20 7.61 11.7
TK Curran Sydney Sixers 14 51.5 397 20 7.65 15.5
Rashid Khan Adelaide Strikers 14 56 344 19 6.14 17.6
JP Faulkner Hobart Hurricanes 13 46.5 393 18 8.39 15.6
JC Archer Hobart Hurricanes 15 56.1 423 18 7.53 18.7
AJ Tye Perth Scorchers 14 45.5 390 17 8.5 16.1
BJ Dwarshuis Sydney Sixers 15 56.3 414 16 7.32 21.1
RP Meredith Hobart Hurricanes 13 49.1 422 16 8.58 18.4
DR Sams Sydney Thunder 14 36 316 15 8.77 14.4
DJ Bravo Melbourne Stars 15 50.1 400 15 7.97 20
MP Stoinis Melbourne Stars 12 25 207 14 8.28 10.7
C Boyce Melbourne Renegades 15 56.1 358 14 6.37 24
NM Coulter-Nile Perth Scorchers 13 51 380 14 7.45 21.8
DT Christian Melbourne Renegades 15 43 314 13 7.3 19.8
Fawad Ahmed Sydney Thunder 14 47 330 13 7.02 21.6
LE Plunkett Melbourne Stars 8 25.4 211 12 8.22 12.8
Mujeeb Ur Rahman Brisbane Heat 12 46.3 281 12 6.04 23.2

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