With their first match of the season in the history books, the Melbourne Stars will take improvement and confidence into this afternoon’s match with the Sydney Thunder.
The Stars boast one of the competition’s best rosters again this season, but all of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and co. will need to be at their best for the entire campaign if they are to record a well overdue championship win.
Standing opposite today are the Sydney Thunder, who are obviously eager to begin their campaign on the right foot, and who definitely have the ability to do so.
Callum Ferguson has retained the captaincy, while the Thunder have been boosted by a couple of key signings, including Ben Cutting from the Brisbane Heat.
I understand why the Stars have been priced as favourites, but rarely do they perform to their perceived standard, and I am going to take them on today.
The Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers will each launch their respective BBL10 campaigns this evening, and this looms as an intriguing fixture.
The Renegades were absolutely awful in BBL 9 – it took them a long time to record their first win and managed just three in total from their fourteen matches.
The Scorchers weren’t a whole lot better and missed the finals for just the second time in their existence.
Both sides will blood new names in this match, but with plenty of players also spilling over from last season, I think that the bookies have gotten the head-to-head prices for this one just about right.
There’s still plenty of meat on the bone for the Scorchers at $1.75 and I’m happy to take that price all day long.