BBL Preview: Double Header – January 8

Hurricanes v Sixers

Monday 6:10pm AEDT at Blundstone Arena, Hobart

The Hobart Hurricanes will go into their clash against the Sydney Sixers as overwhelming favorites after winning the last two matches. The Sydney Sixers are yet to register a single win in this edition of the Big Bash, however, they are expecting some of their top-players to return from minor niggles in this match.

Hurricanes v Sixers Recommended Bets
Winner Hobart Hurricanes WIN ($1.57)
Top Hurricanes Batsman Ben McDermott ($4.50)
Top Sixers Batsman Nic Maddinson ($4.40)
Top Hurricanes Bowler Tymal Mills ($4.50)
Top Sixers Bowler Daniel Sams ($4.50)

Match Preview

The Hobart Hurricanes treated their home fans to a run-scoring extravaganza as Darcy Short became the first batsman in BBL history to hit consecutive nineties. He made excellent use of the straight boundaries and cleared the fence four times on his way to 96 off just 58 deliveries. Short is now the leading run scorer in the tournament with 242 runs from just four innings.

The Hurricanes are looking like one of the stronger batting sides in this tournament as most of their players are in form. Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, Mathew Wade, Dan Christian, and George Bailey have all played some useful cameos and the Wolf thinks that any one of them can step up to score a big one if needed.

All of these batsmen are excellent at clearing the boundary as well, something that is evidenced by the 22 sixes the Hurricanes have hit in their four matches.

With Jofra Archer leading a decent bowling attack, the Hurricanes seem to have most of their bases covered. The Wolf is only worried about their ability to defend totals consistently at the extremely high-scoring Bellerive Oval.

Their opponents for this match are the Sydney Sixers who have a perfect losing record up until now. Five losses from five matches and the prospects going forward for the Sixers are no better. Moises Henriques is taking some personal time from the game and even though he is expected to rejoin practice with the squad soon, there is no telling when he will start playing again.

Thankfully for them, though, Nic Maddinson, Daniel Hughes, and Ben Dwrashius all seem to have recovered from their niggles and will back for this match. With Jason Roy and Sam Billings in terrible form, one of the top-order batsmen must step up and make a brilliant individual contribution to help turn things around.

This will be Roy’s last match of the BBL after which he returns to the England ODI set up and that could be the best thing to happen to the Sixers.

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Head to Head

The Sixers hold a 4-3 advantage against the Hurricanes over their BBL history but it is not something the Hurricanes will be too worried about. The last match between the two sides was won by the Hurricanes but the three before that were won by the Sydney Sixers.

The Sixers have also won two out of the three matches they have played against the Hurricanes at the Bellerive Oval.

With the Hurricanes picking up some incredible momentum in the last few matches and the Sixers continuing to go from bad to worse, even some extremely attractive odds cannot make the Wolf back the underdog here. Stick with the favorites.

Bet: Hobart Hurricanes WIN ($1.57)

Top Hobart Hurricanes Batsman

Ben McDermott has been in excellent form this season and hit some of the biggest sixes that the Wolf has ever seen. He is striking the ball at 141.89 this season and could score a really big one if he gets in early. With the high-risk approach that Darcy Short takes, this is a highly distinct possibility. McDermott is also very good against the spin, which is what he will come across in abundance against the Sixers.

Bet: Ben McDermott ($4.50)

Top Sydney Sixers Batsman

Nic Maddinson has 116 runs to his name from five innings with a best of 31. These are not figures that will help him make a comeback into the national setup and he knows that. Maddinson is striking the ball beautifully and has not looked in any trouble in any of the games. Has he thrown away his good form or is he about to make the most if it?

The Wolf is hoping its the latter.

Bet: Nic Maddinson ($4.40)

Top Hobart Hurricanes Bowler

Tymal Mills does not seem like the smartest fast bowler going around but he does have some incredible talent. He is quicker than almost any other bowler in this tournament, plays exclusively this form of the game, and possesses an excellent variety of slower balls.

All of these should add up to plenty of wickets but he has just picked up 2 in four matches so far. The Wolf thinks he has been unlucky and is about to take plenty of wickets sometime soon.

Bet: Tymal Mills ($4.50)

Top Sydney Sixers Bowler

Daniel Sams has impressed the Wolf in his first season of the BBL. He has been very good in the powerplay overs and been difficult to get away in the death overs as well. With 6 wickets to his name and an economy rate of just 6.97, Sams is easily the most impressive bowler in the Sydney Sixers lineup. He could either be targeted by Short with the angle coming into him or pick up plenty of wickets as the batsmen try to get on top of him.

He is well worth a punt.

Bet: Daniel Sams ($4.50)

Scorchers v Renegades

Monday 9:20pm AEDT at WACA

The match between the Perth Scorchers and the Melbourne Renegades will be for the top spot in the league table as two of the best teams this season take on each other. Both the Melbourne Renegades and the Perth Scorchers have played five matches in BBL 07 and won four of them. The Scorchers also beat the Renegades quite easily in their encounter this season. It remains to be seen if they can repeat the same result again.

Scorchers v Renegades Recommended Bets
Winner Melbourne Renegades WIN ($ 1.73)
Top Scorchers Batsman Hilton Cartwright ($5.00)
Top Renegades Batsman Cameron White ($4.00)
Top Scorchers Bowler Andrew Tye ($3.20)
Top Renegades Bowler Dwayne Bravo ($3.20)

Match Preview

The Brisbane Heat finally beat the Perth Scorchers and ended their unbeaten run this campaign. As the Wolf had suspected for so long, it was a match in which the Scorchers had to chase down a big total that their weaknesses came out to the fore.

For a change, the excellent Perth Scorchers bowling had an off-day and every bowler apart from Ashton Agar went for over 9 runs an over. Chasing 191 is not the easiest of tasks for any team but it always seemed a little too much for a team that is struggling with its batting depth anyway. A loss by 49 runs is massive in T20 cricket and could prove to be crucial if net run rate calculations come into play down the line.

The Scorchers absolutely must bowl brilliantly to contain the Renegades batting like they did in their first match when they kept the Renegades to 131. Tye with 14 wickets is going to be the key bowler for them once again but everyone else also needs to step up. It must be remembered that the Scorchers ended up losing 7 wickets in their chase of 131 and that a few runs more could have cost them dearly.

With few options in the squad available to boost their batting, the Wolf expects the Scorchers to stick with the same lineup in this match as well.

The Melbourne Renegades have only lost one match this season and that was to the Perth Scorchers. Their long batting lineup failed to combat the Perth Scorchers bowling the first time around but should have learned from that experience.

Aaron Finch, for one, is in excellent form after two good innings and will be key in putting pressure on the Scorchers line-up. The Renegades also pulled a neat trick out of their bag by promoting Mohammad Nabi up the order and giving him some valuable game time. He responded by scoring 52 not out off just 30 deliveries.

With so much batting at their disposal, the Renegades may have to do this more often in the upcoming games. The Renegades have also been tidy with their bowling over the last few matches using their resources very smartly.

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Head to Head

The Scorchers have a perfect 7-0 record against the Melbourne Renegades. As the Wolf keeps saying, though, that this is a different Renegades outfit to the one that has taken the field in the last few years and could very well win the entire tournament this time around.

Beating the Perth Scorchers in their fortress at the WACA is not going to be easy but the Wolf thinks the Renegades have what it takes. They are too strong a team and too smart a unit to repeat the same mistakes from their first match.

Bet: Melbourne Renegades WIN ($ 1.73)

Top Perth Scorchers Batsman

The Wolf is a huge fan of Hilton Cartwright and believes he is good enough to play international cricket. He got out to a beauty first ball in the last match but will have a much larger role to play in this match. Cartwright has the ability to clear the boundaries and is pretty good against the spinners as well. The Scorchers need someone to capitalize on the initial few overs and the Wolf thinks switching Cartwright up with Willey might be the way to go.

Bat: Hilton Cartwright ($5.00)

Top Melbourne Renegades Batsman

Cameron White continues to go from strength to strength in this tournament and now has 217 runs to his name at an average of 108.50. He has only been dismissed twice in this tournament, has hit 19 fours and 5 sixes, and has two fifty-plus scores to his name as well. There is nothing in this tournament that has looked to bother Cameron White. If there is one batsman that will fancy himself against the strong Perth Scorchers lineup then its Cameron White.

Bet: Cameron White ($4.00)

Top Perth Scorchers Bowler

Andrew Tye has gone for some runs in his last couple of matches but that has been more a result of some good batting rather than bad bowling. Tye can sometimes get a little too experimental with his deliveries which can mess his rhythm up. Against the Renegades, though, he will be up against batsmen that come very hard at the ball. Tye is at his best in such situations. With 14 wickets from 5 matches already, he is a safe bet to back for top bowler more often than not.

Bet: Andrew Tye ($3.20)

Top Melbourne Renegades Bowler

Two of the best change-up bowlers will be going head to head in this match and the winner of this mini-contest could well determine the winning side. Dwayne Bravo is as good a bowler as Andrew Tye and is facing a much weaker batting unit. He has also been in excellent form this season with 12 wickets to his name. Bravo is used exclusively at crucial moments in the game to pick up wickets, something he is very good at doing consistently.

Bet: Dwayne Bravo ($3.20)