Thu, Dec 28, 2:14pm by Staff Writer
The two hottest teams in BBL07 clash on Friday night when the Melbourne Renegades host the Perth Scorchers.
The Sydney Thunder will be hoping to halt their losing streak at two matches when they visit Hobart on Saturday night.
A bumper New Years Eve crowd is expected at the Adelaide Oval when two evenly matched teams take the field as the Strikers host the Brisbane Heat.
Melbourne Renegades versus Perth Scorchers
Friday, 29 December 2017 at 7.10pm AEDST
Both the Renegades and Scorchers have had sensational starts to BBL07 going undefeated through two matches.
The Renegades have brushed aside the Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat in dominant fashion. Against the Hurricanes, the Renegades batsmen led by Marcus Harris and Cam White were the difference. Against the Heat, the bowling lineup was what won them the match.
The Scorchers produced a sensational bowling and fielding display on Tuesday night when they defeated the Melbourne Stars.
Despite starting 3/10, the Scorchers posted a total of 6/142. The Stars fell well short of the total, with AJ Tye starring with five wickets.
This is a match of contrasting styles, with the Renegades a more attacking team and the Scorchers clearly the best defensive team in the competition.
The Renegades should be able to handle the Scorchers, given they have come up against two of the poorer teams in the competition so far.
Best bet- Melbourne Renegades to win at $1.70 at Sportsbet
Hobart Hurricanes versus Sydney Thunder
Saturday, 30 December 2017 at 7.10pm AEDST
The Hobart Hurricanes only match in BBL07 so far was a loss to the Melbourne Renegades, so the men in purple will be eager to bounce back with a win against an out of sorts Thunder team.
Despite falling over the line on opening night against the Sixers, the Thunder were disappointing in Adelaide.
Poor fielding and late bowling cost the Thunder in a rain affected match in Brisbane, where they lost to the Heat by six wickets with a ball to spare.
Outside of former Australian opener Shane Watson, the Thunder’s batting stocks are limited.
The Hurricanes are a level below the true contenders in this competition, but with an extended ten day preparation, should have too much for a poor Thunder team.
Best bet- Hobart Hurricanes to win at $1.90 at Sportsbet
Adelaide Strikers versus Brisbane Heat
Sunday, 31 December 2017 at 7.10pm AEDST
The Adelaide Strikers host their traditional New Years Eve BBL match, this time against the Brisbane Heat.
The Heat welcomed back batsmen Chris Lynn on Wednesday night against the Sydney Thunder. Lynn hit 25 runs off only eight balls before being dismissed, an ominous sign considering that was his first hit out since May.
The Strikers have had a soft start to the new campaign with matches against the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder. This match up against the Brisbane Heat will provide them with their biggest test to date.
If Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn can get going at the top of the Heat batting order, then no bowler in the Adelaide lineup or any BBL lineup is capable of stopping them.
Despite home field advantage, the Heat should get the better of the Strikers on a good batting wicket at the Adelaide Oval.
Best bet- Brisbane Heat to win
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