Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers – December 29th
The Scorchers will be looking to continue their great run of form in their Friday night clash with the Renegades.
Missing six regular starters from their line-up, the Scorchers have punched above their weight in their opening games, while the Renegades have justified their early season favouritism; shading the Scorchers at the top of the table.
Cameron White has been in vintage form for the Renegades and undoubtedly the standout for his team, hitting 130 runs across the opening two games.
The Renegades bat deep with a middle order featuring Brad Hodge, Dwayne Bravo and Tim Ludeman coming in at eight. The Melbourne franchise have also won their opening two games; something they haven’t done since BBL 02.
The Renegades will go a long way to making the final four with a win at home against the Scorchers and they can get the job done again.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder – December 30th
Saturday will see the Sydney Thunder travel to Hobart, for what looms as another very winnable game for both franchises and subsequently, a great spectacle for fans.
The Thunder have lost their last two games and will be searching for some redemption in this. Their fortunes will ride heavily on their form of Shane Watson. Watson hit the fastest fifty in Thunder history in the loss to the Heat but would trade the runs for a win.
The Hurricanes will be looking to finish the year in style in front of their home fans. The bulk of their scoring will come from veterans George Bailey and Dan Christian.
If the Hurricanes can get the runs on the board, then quicks Tymal Mills and Jofra Archer can do some damage with the ball. The home side won’t have a better chance to get their first win in BBL 17/18.
Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat – December 31st
Two live chances of winning the Big Bash will square off when the Brisbane Heat travel to Adelaide on New Year’s Eve.
The Heat will be hoping Chris Lynn continues his good form in Adelaide and with Joe Burns back from injury, the Heat’s batting line-up looks a different proposition.
The Strikers showed in their win over the Sixers on Thursday that they are desperate to feature in the top four this season. Alex Carey continues to turn potential into results – he posted 83* with the bat against the Sixers and can go on with the job against what is arguably a weaker bowling line-up here.
Peter Siddle has added some much-needed experience to the Strikers bowling line-up and Rashid Khan is a genuine match-winner.
The New Year’s Eve clash at the Adelaide Oval has been a happy hunting ground for the Strikers and they once again have the edge in front of the hometown crowd.