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Beer reveals Melbourne's star signing

Left-arm spinner says calming influence of new mentor is the difference for the Stars this summer

The relaxed nature of new Melbourne Stars coach Stephen Fleming has been pivotal to the Stars breakthrough finals appearance according to spinning Michael Beer.

The former New Zealand captain, who coached the Chennai Super Kings to two Indian Premier League titles, took the reins with the Stars at the beginning of the season.

"He’s very calm, very relaxed and he’s been excellent for us and that calmness helped us win tonight," Beer told Crocmedia.

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Beer said Fleming's coaching style is in contrast to his Western Australia coach Justin Langer, who led the beaten Perth Scorchers last night.

"Playing under Justin Langer it’s very different to him and that’s brilliant for us, Stephen keeps things very calm and measured all the time." 

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The Stars defeated the Scorchers by seven wickets and Beer praised the efforts of their attack which has had to contend with the loss of James Faulkner, John Hastings, Glen Maxwell and Scott Boland to national duties.

"As a bowling group we bowled very steadily," Beer said.

"We let them go a bit at the start but the important part was through the middle we closed down their two guys that were in and took their wickets before they could launch late.

"Then KP took his chances a little further with the bat and that was probably the difference in the game."

Young quick Daniel Worrall finished with 3-25 giving him six wickets in his last two appearances, both against the Scorchers.

"He’s (Worrall) been brilliant and the best part was how he was around the group when he wasn’t playing," Beer said.

"He knew he had to bide his time and did the hard work with everyone and it’s great to see him get the rewards and he was brilliant again." 

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The Stars had lost all four semi-final appearances prior to this clash and Beer said the discussion around their poor record was mixed in the rooms.

"Some people mentioned it and some didn’t, personally though it’s just sport, people find a pattern but every game was its own match," he said.

"It did worry a few blokes but to be honest we just had to go out and play."

Sunday’s final will be against the in-form Sydney Thunder who have been spearheaded by Usman Khawaja, who is enjoying a dominant summer.

"Uzzie’s in good form, we just need to get him early and put some pressure on the other blokes," Beer said.

"They’re a very a good side who’s played some great cricket and they deserve to be there so we are looking forward to it." 

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While the Stars will be gearing up for their first final, two-time champions Perth Scorchers will not be in the tournament decider for the first time in their history.

Top-order batsman Michael Klinger conceded his side wasn’t good enough when it mattered most.

Eyeing off a hat-trick of titles, the Scorchers struggled to 7-139 from their 20 overs.

"I think we set it up reasonably well," Klinger told Crocmedia.

"With six overs to go you usually like to get 10 an over which would have got us to 160.

"But it was one of those wickets that was a bit slow and it was hard for the new batter so either myself or Adam (Voges) had to take it deep and unfortunately we both lost our wickets." 

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Klinger and captain Adam Voges contributed 96 of the 139 runs but he blamed circumstances rather than the absence of star batsman Shaun Marsh for the side’s poor score.

"We could say that but a lot of sides have guys missing so we certainly aren’t the only ones," Klinger said.

"All through the tournament we backed our young guys to do well and we saw Agar and Bancroft play really well in that Thunder game when the experienced guys went out.

"So we back the young guys to get it done around us older guys but we just didn’t put it together with the bat or ball today unfortunately.

"Our young guys stood up at times, it would be ideal if they could become a bit more consistent but that will come as they play more cricket.

"We’ve got a mix of older guys and younger guys and sometimes it takes 10 or 20 T20 games to know how to go about it, so hopefully we’ll all learn from that.