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Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers Betting

Big Bash Semi Final 1 Betting: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars on Saturday 21st January, 2012 at WACA at 5.00pm. We recommend betting on this game at www.sportingbet.com.au.

Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers History

Perth announced itself as the team to beat in the Big Bash League after defeating Melbourne by eight runs at the MCG on 4 January.

It was a bowlers’ night at the MCG, with only 264 runs being scored for the entire match. The Scorchers were bowled out for 136, which was a disappointing total after opener Herschelle Gibbs got his team off to a flying start with a blistering innings of 69 from 58 balls. But luckily for the Scorchers, none of their bowlers conceded an average of more than seven runs per over as they restricted the Stars to a disappointing 5-128 from their allotted 20 overs.

Perth Scorchers Season

Game 1 – lost to Hobart Hurricanes by 31 runs at WACA (18/12)
Game 2 – defeated Melbourne Renegades by eight wickets (with four balls remaining) at Etihad Stadium (22/12)
Game 3 – defeated Brisbane Heat by 10 runs at WACA (29/12)
Game 4 – defeated Melbourne Stars by eight runs at MCG (4/1)
Game 5 – defeated Adelaide Strikers by 42 runs at WACA (8/1)
Game 6 – defeated Sydney Thunder by nine wickets (with 35 balls remaining) at ANZ Stadium (11/1)
Game 7 – lost to Sydney Sixers by one run at SCG (18/1)

Perth Scorchers Team

1. Herschelle Gibbs
2. Marcus North (C)
3. Mitchell Marsh
4. Simon Katich
5. Luke Ronchi (WK)
6. Paul Collingwood
7. Brad Hogg
8. Nathan Rimmington
9. Nathan Coulter-Nile
10. Michael Beer
11. Ben Edmonson

Perth Scorchers Semi Final Betting

The Scorchers did not finish on top of the ladder for no reason. They won five out of their seven games and barley lost their last game to the Sixers by one run.

Perth is a classy side, led by a lethal top order and a well-balanced bowling attack. Gibbs has been one of the players of the tournament to date, scoring 231 runs from his five games. His fitness will be watched with interest though, as he has missed the past two games due to injury.

But it’s been the Scorchers’ bowling attack which has surprised many. Pacemen Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Edmonson and veteran spinner Brad Hogg all sit equal-fourth on the league’s wickets table with 10 each. Hogg has conceded an extremely economical average of 5.58 runs per over, while fellow spinner Michael Beer (6.28) and paceman Nathan Rimmington (6.45) have been just as effective.

Melbourne Stars Big Bash Tournament

Game 1 – lost to Sydney Thunder by six wickets (with six balls remaining) at MCG (17/12)
Game 2 – defeated Brisbane Heat by eight runs at ‘Gabba (20/12)
Game 3 – lost to Sydney Sixers by two runs at SCG (27/12)
Game 4 – lost to Perth Scorchers by eight runs at MCG (4/1)
Game 5 – defeated Melbourne Renegades by 11 runs (under D/L method) at MCG (7/1)
Game 6 – defeated Hobart Hurricanes by 19 runs at Blundstone Arena (9/1)
Game 7 – defeated Adelaide Strikers by six wickets (with seven balls remaining) at MCG (19/1)

Melbourne Stars Team

1. Rob Quiney
2. Luke Wright
3. George Bailey
4. David Hussey
5. Cameron White (C)
6. Adam Voges
7. Matthew Wade (WK)
8. James Faulkner
9. Clint McKay
10. Shane Warne
11. Jackson Bird

Melbourne Stars Big Bash Tournament

Melbourne came into this competition as one of the hot favourites, but was in danger of missing the Big finals after that humiliating loss to Perth. But three consecutive wins later and it is back in the mix – and some players have started to hit form at the right time.

It was good to see the likes of Adam Voges (16 runs), Cameron White (28) and George Bailey (19 not out) conjure up some handy scores during the Stars’ comfortable victory over the Strikers on Thursday night. They were desperately in need of some runs, so those innings’ came at the best possible time.

But the key to victory still lies in the arms of David Hussey, who has scored 243 runs for the tournament and been incredibly consistent from his first game. ‘Mr T20’ has been excellent with the ball and in the field as well, so if he is firing, the Stars will cause the Scorchers a few headaches.

Bet On Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars

Despite the Scorchers’ outstanding round robin campaign, the Stars will know there is no better time to knock them over. The boys in orange would have been devastated with their one-run loss to the Sixers, while the Stars come into this game following three wins on-the-trot.

However the home ground advantage is huge for the Scorchers here. The Stars have yet to play on the hard, bouncy WACA wicket yet, while the Scorchers have already played their three times.

If they win the toss and bat first, Gibbs and skipper Marcus North are primed to get the Scorchers off to a flying start and lead their team to victory.

Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars Best Bets

Perth Scorchers to win ($1.80 – Centrebet)

Herschelle Gibbs High Bat ($4.00 – Sportsbet)


Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers betting preview for Wednesday 4th January, 2012. Played at the MCG in melbourne at 7.00pm AEST.

Melbourne Stars Form

Game 1 – lost to Sydney Thunder by six wickets (with six balls remaining) at MCG (17/12)
Game 2 – defeated Brisbane Heat by eight runs at ‘Gabba (20/12)
Game 3 – lost to Sydney Sixers by two runs at SCG (27/12)
v Perth Scorchers at MCG (4/1)
v Melbourne Renegades at MCG (7/1)
v Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena (9/1)
v Adelaide Strikers at MCG (19/1)

Perth Scorchers Form

Game 1 – lost to Hobart Hurricanes by 31 runs at WACA (18/12)
Game 2 – defeated Melbourne Renegades by eight wickets (with four balls remaining) at Etihad Stadium (22/12)
Game 3 – defeated Brisbane Heat by 10 runs at WACA (29/12)
v Melbourne Stars at MCG (4/1)
v Adelaide Strikers at WACA (8/1)
v Sydney Thunder at ANZ Stadium (11/1)
v Sydney Sixers at SCG (18/1)

Melbourne Stars Betting

Rob Quiney is one of the most underrated T20 batsmen in Australia. The 29-year-old is a powerful opener who can clear the boundary rope frequently and with relative ease. He was signed by IPL franchise the Rajasthan Royals for the 2009 season and also played for Auckland in New Zealand’s domestic T20 tournament. Quiney has played some outstanding T20 knocks in the past, including a brilliant 91 from 56 balls for Victoria in the 2008/09 Big Bash final against New South Wales. But the left-hander’s recent knock of 97 from 60 balls for the Stars against the Brisbane Heat was exhilarating and match winning. Quiney only made seven for the Stars in their only MCG match for the tournament so far, so he will be keen to go well beyond that on Wednesday night.

Perth Scorchers Betting

Mitch Marsh strongly considered a career in the AFL, but found the light and chose cricket instead – and aren’t the Perth Scorchers, as well as the West Australian Warriors and Cricket Australia, glad about that. The 20-year-old has taken huge steps forward since entering the domestic scene at the age of 17 in 2009, culminating in two limited-overs matches for Australia on its recent tour of South Africa. Marsh, the son of former Australian opener Geoff and brother of current Test batsman Shaun, is a tall all-rounder who can smash the ball to all parts of the ground with the bat and hit 135kph with the ball. He hasn’t taken a wicket in the Big Bash league yet, but his overall bowling domestic average of 20.15 is outstanding. Marsh will also play a pivotal role in the Scorchers’ top order on Wednesday and look to build on his previous three BBL innings of 35, 18 and 33.

Melbourne Stars Lineup

1. Rob Quiney
2. Matthew Wade (WK)
3. George Bailey
4. David Hussey
5. Cameron White (C)
6. Adam Voges
7. Luke Wright
8. Chris Simpson/Jade Dernbach
9. James Faulkner
10. Clint McKay
11. Shane Warne

Perth Scorchers Lineup

1. Herschelle Gibbs
2. Marcus North (C)
3. Mitchell Marsh
4. Simon Katich
5. Luke Ronchi (WK)
6. Paul Collingwood
7. Brad Hogg
8. Nathan Rimmington
9. Nathan Coulter-Nile
10. Michael Beer
11. Ben Edmonson

Stars vs Scorchers Betting

Two of the most charismatic teams in the Big Bash League will go head-to-head on a Wednesday night at the MCG.

Melbourne entered the tournament under so much hype and pressure, and it’s fair to say it has fallen below expectations so far. The Stars have won just one of their three games, mind you they were very close to beating the Sydney Sixers last week, only to eventually fall short by two runs. However they must be pleased to have Quiney and David Hussey in form and on their side, with both of them sitting inside the top five run scorers for the tournament.

After dropping its first game to Hobart at home, Perth has found its rhythm over its past two games, defeating the Melbourne Renegades by eight wickets and the Brisbane Heat by 10 runs. The Scorchers’ top order looked in superb touch against the Heat recently, with Herschelle Gibbs, skipper Marcus North and Marsh combining for 111 of the team’s 162 runs. Fast man Ben Edmonson is also in very good form, having taken six wickets from three matches so far.

The Scorchers have a great balance between bat and ball. Their two left-arm spinners, Brad Hogg and Michael Beer, work well in tandem and the team bats right down to number nine. Their final batting total depends a lot on Gibbs and North at the top of the order, so if those two get going the Scorchers will be tough to beat.

But the Stars are due for a win here. They would have been shattered with their loss to the Thunder in the first round of the competition and will be out to make their home fans happy. With their batting line-up primed for a big total and the entire MCG behind Shane Warne, expect the Stars to pick up their second victory.

Stars vs Scorchers Best Bets

Melbourne Stars to win ($1.67 – Centrebet)

Rob Quiney Stars High Bat ($3.75 – Centrebet)