Big Bash betting between Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday 10th January, 2012 at 7.00pm.
Game 1 – defeated Melbourne Renegades by 67 runs at Adelaide Oval (18/12)
Game 2 – lost to Sydney Thunder by six wickets (with nine balls remaining) at ANZ Stadium (23/12)
Game 3 – lost to Hobart Hurricanes by 14 runs at Adelaide Oval (28/12)
Game 4 – defeated Brisbane Heat by 31 runs at ‘Gabba (3/1)
Game 5 – lost to Perth Scorchers by 42 runs at WACA (8/1)
v Sydney Sixers at Adelaide Oval (10/1)
v Melbourne Stars at MCG (19/1)
Game 1 – defeated Brisbane Heat by seven wickets (with eight balls remaining) at SCG (16/12)
Game 2 – lost to Hobart Hurricanes by 42 runs at Blundstone Arena (21/12)
Game 3 – defeated Melbourne Stars by two runs at SCG (27/12)
Game 4 – lost to Melbourne Renegades by eight wickets (with 14 balls remaining) at Etihad Stadium (2/1)
Game 5 – defeated Sydney Thunder by 17 runs (under D/L method) at ANZ Stadium (8/1)
v Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval (10/1)
v Perth Scorchers at SCG (18/1)
Daniel Harris certainly isn’t a household name amongst Australian cricket fans. But he should be. Not many people realise how good of a T20 player the 31-year-old is. Harris has scored 1112 runs from 34 matches, averaging a phenomenal 38.34 per innings. Perhaps his finest T20 innings came in his last match at the Champions League when he blasted 108 not out from 61 balls to help the Redbacks to 2-214. Harris isn’t a tall or intimidating man, but he has one of the best eyes for a batsman in the country. He has missed a couple of the Strikers’ games so far, but he’ll be opening up the innings tonight and will be keen to make a huge impact.
Not too many Australian cricket fans would have been super excited when the Sydney Sixers announced their overseas signing was Michael Lumb, purely because they would have never heard of him. But he is slowly making a name for himself. The 30-year-old has established a career as a pure T20 batsman. Lumb has played 105 domestic T20’s, averaging 22 runs at an impressive strike rate of 142.42. He has played for IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals and represented England in eight T20’s, but with limited success. Hopefully for the Sixers’ sake, Lumb can put it in a big performance opening up the innings against the Strikers after an average start to his BBL campaign.
1. Daniel Harris
2. Michael Klinger (C)
3. Callum Ferguson
4. Tom Cooper
5. Adam Crosthwaite (WK)
6. Cameron Borgas
7. Johan Botha/Daniel Salpietro
8. Aaron O’Brien
9. Kane Richardson/Brendan Drew
10. Alfonso Thomas
11. Jake Muirhead
1. Dwayne Bravo/Ian Moran
2. Michael Lumb
3. Nic Maddinson
4. Steven Smith (C)
5. Moises Henrqiues
6. Ben Rohrer
7. Peter Nevill (WK)
8. Dominic Thornley
9. Brett Lee
10. Mitchell Starc
11. Stuart MacGill
These two teams have had decent BBL campaigns to date and are strong chances to play in the finals. But with only two regular matches remaining, both will know it is time to step things up a gear – and a win on Tuesday night would give them plenty of momentum.
The Sixers won the first ever Sydney derby clash, running out 17-run winners over the Thunder in a rain-interrupted contest at ANZ Stadium. They did well to reach 7-116 off only 16 overs, with Ben Rohrer once again proving why he is one of the most underestimated T20 batsmen in the country, smashing a quick fire 38 off 24 balls. The Thunder only got to face 5.3 overs in reply, but lost 4-29 to put them behind par score. Brett Lee dismissed danger man Chris Gayle for a duck and Mitchell Starc bowled superbly to finish with 3-17.
Adelaide didn’t experience a similar result, going down convincingly to red-hot Perth by 42 runs at the WACA. The Strikers were on the back foot from the opening few overs, with Scorchers openers Herschelle Gibbs (65) and Marcus North (70) putting on 102 off 11.1 overs for the first wicket. In reply, Daniel Harris and Michael Klinger looked like they would replicate Gibbs and North’s effort, but were dismissed for 31 and 32 respectively and left the rest of the batting line-up with a too difficult task.
This is a crucial match for both teams with their top-four spots far from sealed yet.
The Sixers now sit outright third on the BBL ladder with three wins from five games. However their net run-rate is in the negatives, meaning if the Strikers (fourth on the ladder with two wins and three losses), pull off a win, they will overtake the Sixers and cement their own spot in the top four.
And you get the feeling the Strikers are due here. A few of their out of touch batsmen, in particular Callum Ferguson, will love being back on the Adelaide Oval and should post, or chase, a decent enough score to cement their spot in the BBL finals series.
Adelaide Strikers to win ($1.68 – www.Sportsbet.com.au)
Daniel Harris Strikers High Bat ($4.25 – www.Sportsbet.com.au)