Fri, Dec 22, 5:30pm by Staff Writer
It has been a cracking start to the seventh season of the KFC Big Bash League, with upsets galore through the first three games.
The Sydney Thunder, Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades have all gotten off to winning starts in matches that were competitive down to the final overs.
A Saturday double header ends week one of the competition with the Sydney Sixers hosting the Perth Scorchers and the Melbourne Renegades hosting the Brisbane Heat.
Sydney Sixers versus Perth Scorchers
Saturday, 23 December 2017 at 4.10pm AEDST at the SCG
The Sydney Sixers will be looking for their first win of BBL07 after losing by a single run in their first match against the Sydney Thunder on Tuesday night.
The Sixers were disappointing with the bat, with none of their top order batting productively in the first innings.
Despite defending a meagre 150 runs, the Sixers bowling gave them every hope of pulling off the upset, but a horrible final over from Sean Abbott allowed the Sydney Thunder to score 16 runs to win the match.
Earlier this week the Perth Scorchers were rocked by the news that captain Michael Klinger may miss BBL07 to support his ill wife.
The loss of Klinger as well as Australian representatives Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh and Cameron Bancroft has left the Scorchers looking thin, particularly in the batting ranks.
They have drafted in three local replacement players, but they are nowhere near the quality of those missing.
The defending champions will be facing a hungry Sixers team who will be disappointing with their first up loss.
The Scorchers represent excellent value at $2.15 at Sportsbet, with the Sixers batting in the first match and clutch bowling both quite poor.
Underdogs have faired well thus far in BBL07 and we expect that to continue on Saturday afternoon.
Best bet- Perth Scorchers to win at $2.15 at Sportsbet
Melbourne Renegades versus Brisbane Heat
Saturday, 23 December 2017 at 7.25pm AEDST at Etihad Stadium
Both the Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat are coming off impressive first start victories.
One of these two talented teams will begin BBL07 2-0 and give themselves a great shot of making the finals.
The Brisbane Heat were without Chris Lynn in their opening match against the Melbourne Stars, but Brendon McCullum and Joe Burns produced an excellent innings to set the Melbourne Stars a mammoth 207 run target.
Chris Lynn has not been named in the 13-man squad to face the Renegades on Saturday night, which is a cruel blow to the Heat considering the vast batting depth the Renegades possess.
The Renegades are the outright favourites to win BBL07 and they showed on Thursday night that they are justified favourites.
An excellent middle innings bowling display set up victory for the Renegades, after the Hurricanes batted well during their powerplay.
Despite losing Aaron Finch in the first over, Cameron White and Marcus Harris settled the Renegades, who never looked troubled in their run chase of an under-par 164 runs.
Dwayne Bravo bowled sensationally taking five wickets and if he can repeat that man of the match performance then the Renegades will be hard to beat.
We are expecting the Renegades to notch up another win against the Brisbane Heat, who will face a much betting bowling attack than what the Stars displayed on Wednesday evening.
For those looking to get involved in the top run scorer market, Marcus Harris at $4.20 for the Renegades and Brendon McCullum at $3.30 for the Heat look the best value at Sportsbet.
Best bet- Melbourne Renegades to win at $1.70 at Sportsbet
Best bet- Marcus Harris top Renegades run scorer at $4.20 at Sportsbet
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