Thu, Jul 19, 11:08am by Head Editor
Cricket fans are set for a massive summer with the eighth edition of the be the Big Bash season expanding to a record 59 matches that will be played between December 19, 2018 and February 17, 2019.
The fixture, which was announced on Wednesday, sees each club play 14 games in the regular season, before finals, and in a first, Christmas will come early with two fixtures set for Christmas Eve.
Hobart Hurricanes host Melbourne Stars at Bellerive Oval at 3:45pm on December 24 before the Sydney derby between the Thunder and the Sixers, which starts at 7:15pm at Spotless Stadium.
This summer is set to be a landmark one for cricket on the Gold Coast with Metricon Stadium adding three BBL fixtures to the International T20 between Australia and South Africa on November 17.
Brisbane Heat meet Hobart Hurricanes at the home of the AFL’s Gold Coast Suns on December 22 before the same host meets the Sydney Sixers on New Years Day. The Melbourne Stars then play a home game against Sydney Thunder at the venue on January 5.
The do-or-die semi finals system of first taking on fourth and second versus third will continue, before the final, which is scheduled for February 17.
Sportsbet has listed the most successful team in the history of the BBL to win that final, with the Perth Scorchers at $5 to lift the trophy for the fourth time.
The Adelaide Strikers and the Brisbane Heat are on the second line of betting at $5.50 ahead of the Hurricanes and the Melbourne Renegades, who are equal third picks at $7.
Subscription TV provider Fox Sports will be showing all matches live for the first time while free-to-air network Channel Seven has signed a deal to show 43 of the games, including all the finals.
The first match of the season will hit our screens on Wednesday December 19 with the Heat ($1.76) hosting the Strikers ($2.07) at the Gabba.
Sportsbet BBL Winner Market
Perth Scorchers $5
Adelaide Strikers $5.50
Brisbane Heat $5.50
Hobart Hurricanes $7
Melbourne Renegades $7
Sydney Sixers $8
Melbourne Stars $9
Sydney Thunder $9
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