We're in BBL overload mode tonight with a double header of T20 madness on the cards. The first game sees the Hurricanes looking to enhance their position on the BBL table, hosting a Sixers side desperate to regain some playing credibility.
Once you've got your lineup set for this game, check out my preview of the Scorchers v Renegades late game.
This game should be a fun run-fest. Bellerive Oval's short boundary's has provided an average 183 runs/innings - with the team batting first averaging 190 runs. Don't be surprised to see the team winning the toss bat first.
Both Draftstars & Moneyball have posted $5k GPP's for the first match of tonight's double-header. Let's take a look at the game, where the weather at Blundstone Arena (aka Bellerive Oval) is forecast to be cloudy with the small chance of a passing shower.
The Hurricanes are 2-2 in the tournament after winning their last 2 games on the trot, while the Sixers have become BBL07's whipping boys, sitting at 0-5, and still searching for their first win of the tournament.
Despite the Sixers holding a 4-3 historical advantage, the Hurricanes are understandably $1.60 favourites to win this game.
The Hurricanes have named an unchanged squad, though Simon Milenko's expensive bowling last game may have opened the door for Tom Rogers to return to their XI.
Jackson Bird has come into the Sixers squad for fellow quick Mickey Edwards. If ruled fit, expect Daniel Hughes to replace Peter Nevill at the top of the Sixers order.
Likely Batting Orders
|1||Alex Doolan||1||Jason Roy|
|3||Ben McDermott||3||Nic Maddinson|
|4||George Bailey||4||Jordan Silk|
|5||Daniel Christian||5||Sam Billings|
|6||Matthew Wade||6||Johan Botha|
|7||Simon Milenko||7||Ben Dwarshuis|
|8||Jofra Archer||8||Daniel Sams|
|9||Cameron Boyce||9||Sean Abbott|
|10||Clive Rose||10||Jackson Bird|
|11||Tymal Mills||11||Will Somerville|
Players to Consider
Bowler – Clive Rose (Draftstars) / Jofra Archer (Moneyball)
It's hard to get excited about any of the Draftstars BWL options in this game, at this venue. I'm not opposed to playing salary savers Daniel Sams or Jackson Bird to free cash for batsmen at this high scoring ground, but I'll have most exposure to economy bowler Clive Rose, hoping he jags a couple of wickets to add to his tournament tally of 4 (and doesn't get punished as badly as the other BWL options).
Jofra Archer has been "The Man" for the Hurricanes this tournament. He's grabbed 8 wickets in their 4 games, importantly at 6.0 ER. Archer's death bowling has been lethal. Expect Archer to dominate the super soft Sixers, and lock hm in on Moneyball.
Batsman – Jordan Silk (Draftstars) / D’Arcy Short (Moneyball)
Jordan Silk is one of the few Sixers showing any fight this tournament, averaging 55 runs/innings. Other than Silk, Nic Maddinson is the only other Sixers batsmen worthy of consideration.
Averaging over 60 with the bat, Short is the form player of the tournament. He became the first BBL player to record back-to back 90's, and seems set for another big score - but will rightly have high ownership on Moneyball in this game.
Keeper – Ben McDermott (Draftstars) / Sam Billings (Moneyball)
We're "blessed" with 4 WK options on Draftstars (although Neville may not make the Sixers final XI), of which Ben McDermott (BAT on MB) has by far the highest ceiling. Given the closeness of the WK salary's on Draftstars, McDermott is a lock for me.
On Moneyball Sam Billings presents as the best of an ordinary bunch, with 3 reasonable double figure scores with the bat, including 2 hits over 30 runs. If nothing else, at least we can be confident that Billings will see some time at the crease.
All-Rounder – Jofra Archer (Draftstars) / Ben Dwarshuis (Moneyball)
It's a crowded AR field at Draftstars with Jofra Archer (BWL on MB) & D'Arcy Short (BAT on MB), which not only makes AR selection difficult, but also robs us of a couple of quality options at BAT & BWL.
If you're only playing one lineup on Draftstars, Archer is the safer play over Short, but personally I'll have exposure to both across a few lineups.
Ben Dwarshuis is the stand out AR option on Moneyball, though he seems a little overpriced on Draftstars compared to Archer & Short.
POD Pick – Sean Abbott
Abbott has gone from being a stud play to scrub status this season. His terrible inconsistency should keep his ownership low, while his ability to randomly grab 3 wickets in a game make him an excellent GPP POD play. He won't pay off often, but when he does you'll likely find yourself alone atop the leaderboard.
Avoid – Jason Roy
Jason Roy has looked clueless with the bat this tournament, scoring only 53 in his 5 games. Roy departs the Sixers to join the England ODI squad after this game. I suspect his team mates won't be shedding any tears.
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Good luck with your lineups tonight. Remember to always check final teams – and that it’s all just a bit of fun!