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Renegades’ to spin Strikers out of Big Bash League race

Sun, Jan 15, 2:30pm by Head Editor

Preview: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades

Date and Time: Monday January 16, 2017, 7:40pm AEDT

Venue: Adelaide Oval

TV: Channel Ten

As we enter the final week of the regular season, the bottom two teams meet at the Adelaide Oval. It’s a must-win clash for both clubs if they are to keep their season’s alive.

Despite their position of last on the table, there is still optimism in the Adelaide Strikers’ camp that a finals berth is possible. They must win this clash and their away game against the Thunder on Wednesday and then rely on other results falling in their favour to achieve this.

If they are to scrape into the final four, then they’ll need big man Keiron Pollard to step up. He’s due for a big innings and is $8.50 to top score for his side.

The news is the same for the visitors, the Melbourne club need to win this clash and then their match in Brisbane on Friday to jumped into fourth place. The Renegades are coming off a stunning loss to Hobart on Thursday when they scored a mammoth 222 runs, only to be run down by the Hurricanes.

That loss certainly wasn’t any fault of the batsmen, Aaron Finch top scored with 63 off 40 balls and was supported well by Tom Cooper (53 not out off just 24 balls) and Thisara Perera, who made 28 off 11.

Fast bowler Chris Tremain has been recalled to the Renegades squad at the expense of spinner Xavier Doherty.

Despite their home ground advantage, Sportsbet has installed the Strikers as $2.06 underdogs with the visitors at $1.75 to keep their season alive.

The Renegades have a far better spin department which will suit the Adelaide Oval. Veteran Brad Hogg will play alongside Sunil Narine who took 3/27 against Hobart and Tom Cooper who took 2/12.

I’m going to back the Renegades here, they have played better cricket than the Strikers this season and despite losing three straight games, two of them have been in the last over.

Suggested Bet: Renegades to win: $1.75

Sportsbet Full Market:

Head to Head

Strikers $2.06

Renegades $1.75

Top Strikers Runscorer

Ben Dunk $3.30

Brad Hodge $4.50

Jake Weatherald $4.50

Tim Ludeman $5

Craig Simmons $5.50

Jake Lehmann $8

Kieron Pollard $8.50

Alex Carey $11

Jono Dean $13

Kelvin Smith $19

Michael Neser $46

Tom Andrews $51

Ish Sodhi $91

Kane Richardson $101

Wes Agar $101

Ben Laughlin $101

Liam O’Connor $101

Top Renegades Runscorer

Aaron Finch $2.75

Cameron White $3.60

Marcus Harris $5

Tom Cooper $7.50

Callum Ferguson $12

Matthew Short $13

Thisara Perera $13

Tom Beaton $13

Sunil Narine $15

Trent Lawford $34

Peter Nevill $51

Peter Siddle $67

James Pattinson $81

Brad Hogg $101

Nathan Rimmington $101

Cameron Stevenson $101

Xavier Doherty $101

Chris Tremain $101

Top Strikers Wicket Taker

Ish Sodhi $3.75

Ben Laughlin $3.75

Kane Richardson $4

Liam O’Connor $5

Michael Neser $5

Wes Agar $5

Tom Andrews $6

Kieron Pollard $6

Kelvin Smith $8

Top Renegades Wicket Taker

Sunil Narine $3.50

Brad Hogg $4

James Pattinson $4.50

Thisara Perera $4.50

Nathan Rimmington $4.50

Chris Tremain $5

Peter Siddle $5

Cameron Stevenson $6

Xavier Doherty $6

Tom Cooper $6

Trent Lawford $6

Aaron Finch $10

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