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Big Bash Specials: Scorchers and Stars look value

Mon, Jan 8, 9:06am by Staff Writer

Two teams which featured in last season’s finals, the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars remain on the bottom of the table without a win between them.

The Stars were convincingly beaten in the Melbourne derby on Saturday night and are winless from four matches.

The Renegades sit at the top of the table with a 4-1 record, their only loss coming to the 4-1 Perth Scorchers.

The Brisbane Heat had a superb week, thumping both the Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers.

Hobart Hurricanes versus Sydney Sixers

Monday, 8 January 2018 at 6.10pm AEDST at Blundstone Arena

The Hobart Hurricanes (2-2) take on the Sydney Sixers (0-5) on Monday night, with a win moving the Hurricanes a step closer to an elusive top four finish.

A terrific batting performance by D’Arcy Short and some late heroics with the ball from import Jofra Archer ensured back-to-back victories for the Hurricanes, who defeated the Adelaide Strikers by five wickets on Thursday night.

Short produced one of the best batting performances of BBL07 with 96 runs and the Hurricanes were in the box seat for the majority of the contest.

Some quick runs from Travis Head threatened to give the Strikers the upset win, but Archer’s final over bowling was some of the best we have seen this season as he finished with 3/15.

The Sydney Sixers had yet another forgettable week, losing to the Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades.

The Sixers are out of finals contention, but are desperately in search of a victory to end their losing streak.

This match features two teams with opposite form lines and the Sixers have given us no reason to back them against the Hurricanes.

Alex Doolan to score the most runs for the Hurricanes at $4.33 looks to be the pick of the runscorer markets, with the Hurricanes too short at $1.62 in the head-to-head market.

Best bet- Alex Doolan top Hurricanes runscorer at $4.33 at Sportsbet

Perth Scorchers versus Melbourne Renegades

Monday, 8 January 2018 at 9.20pm AEDST at the WACA

A blockbuster clash on Monday night features the Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades from Perth.

The Renegades only loss this season came against the Scorchers in Melbourne, with Perth historically having the edge against the Gades.

Perth are coming off their first loss of the season in Brisbane, where they were never in the match.

The Heat dominated the powerplay on their way to scoring 191 runs, a total which the Scorchers were always going to struggle to chase down.

Ben Cutting wrestled back control for the Heat in that match, scoring 46 off 20 deliveries after the Scorchers had slowed the Heat through the middle overs.

Incredibly, Perth have been underdogs in five of their first six matches this season, including Monday nights game against the Renegades.

The Renegades have only been tested once this season and that was by the Scorchers and we expect that to happen again at the WACA.

Perth should be able to restrict the Gades to a score of 150-160 runs and win this match.

Best bet- Perth Scorchers to win at $2.05 at Sportsbet

Adelaide Strikers versus Melbourne Stars

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 at 7.10pm AEDST at Adelaide Oval

The Adelaide Strikers have been the most surprising team of BBL07 and even in their loss to the Hobart Hurricanes, were incredibly competitive despite falling just short in the final over.

The Melbourne Stars along with the Sydney Sixers have been the most disappointing teams of this campaign.

After being regular finals participants, the Stars will be watching this season’s playoffs from the sideline this season.

Melbourne have failed to fire with the bat and their bowling lineup was always going to be one of the poorest in the competition.

Surprisingly, the Stars were only $2 underdogs against the surging Renegades on Saturday night, with bookmakers feelings a Stars win is certainly on the horizon.

The Strikers will be playing their second match in three nights after a showdown with the Sydney Thunder on Sunday night.

The Stars will be losing some of their more prolific players in Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa to international duty this week, so we expect those players to come out firing in this match.

If the Melbourne Stars odds are greater than $2.20 in this match, then they are worth a play. Anything below that and the Strikers are better value.

Best bet- Melbourne Stars to win if greater than $2.20 at Sportsbet

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