Tue, Jan 16, 4:58pm by Head Editor
With just two games to go in the season, the most successful team in Big Bash League history, the Perth Scorchers, remain top pick to win their fourth title in seven editions of the competition.
The Western Australian club have won six of their eight games, which has seen their quote shorten from $4.50 to $3.75 to secure another trophy.
In their most recent outing, Justin Langer’s charges moved back to the top of the ladder with a six wicket win over fellow contenders, the Adelaide Strikers, in Alice Springs on Saturday.
Ashton Agar took three wickets and made an unbeaten 26 with the bat to secure the man of the match honours in a match-up that we could well see come BBL final day on Sunday, February 4.
If the reigning champions remain on top of the table, then they’ll have a home-semi final at the newly built Optus Stadium on either February 1 or 2, which if they win, will secure them a home final.
There is a chance that some fans will be locked out of the semi-final, with concerns around pressure the game would put on the public transport system, given that the game will start at 4pm, to coincide with peak TV viewing times in the eastern states.
The new stadium has a capacity of 55,000, but that crowd will likely be capped at 15,000 less, as the bridge to the stadium hasn’t been constructed yet.
Despite dropping Saturday’s game, the Strikers remain second pick to secure their first title in franchise history.
The Hobart Hurricanes, who cruised to a six wicket win over the Brisbane Heat on Monday, are on the third line of betting, at $4.50, ahead of the Melbourne Renegades ($5) and their last opponents, who are $7.50.
Making up the rest of the market are the Sydney Thunder ($21) and the Melbourne Stars ($41), who are set to miss the finals for the first time since the league began in 2011.
Perth Scorchers $3.75
Adelaide Strikers $4
Hobart Hurricanes $4.50
Melbourne Renegades $5
Brisbane Heat $7.50
Sydney Thunder $21
Melbourne Stars $41
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