BBL – Scorchers vs Strikers – Grand Final Preview?
Both the Scorchers and Strikers come into Thursday’s blockbuster BBL clash in fantastic form. Leading bookmaker, Betstar can’t separate the two teams, both teams quoted at $1.91 for the win. Many are seeing the match as the BBL Grand Final Preview. Unless there is a major shock, the two sides should be facing off again in the Final on 4th February.
The Form Guide
The Adelaide Strikers and the Perth Scorchers have both won seven of out of their nine matches and are currently jointly sitting at the top of the points table with Adelaide just slightly ahead of Perth with the best net run rate. The Strikers come into the match on the back of a stunning team performance against the Renegades highlighted by their trademark strangling bowling by Siddle, Neser, Stanlake, Rashid Khan and Laughlin and backed up by what commentators are calling the greatest outfield catch of all-time. The Strikers will lose Skipper Travis Head, wicketkeeper Alex Carey and rapid quick Billy Stanlake for the match. All have been called up to national T20 duties for the England-NZ-Australia tri-series.
Meanwhile, the Perth Scorchers started the season as defending champions and are continuing to do what they do best, chasing down huge totals on the back of superb batting. The Scorchers will also lose players to international duties with in-form allrounder Ashton Agar and crafty paceman Andrew Tye. However, Ashton Turner is still available for the Scorchers after his powerhouse displays with the bat in BBL 07 weren’t quite enough to convince national selectors of a place in the Aussie side.
Thursday’s Best Bets Scorchers vs Strikers
With both teams locked in the markets for the win, let’s take a look at the top scorer’s markets to find some value;
Adelaide Strikers Top Run-Scorer
Alex Carey $3.75
Colin Ingram $3.75
Jake Weatherald $5.50 (Our best value bet with Betstar)
Perth Scorchers Top Run-Scorer
Shaun Marsh $3.75
Hilton Cartwright $5.50
Michael Klinger $4.00
Cameron Bancroft $4.33 (Our best value bet with Betstar)
Ashton Turner $6.00
Betstar’s Man-of-the-Match Special – Cameron Bancroft at $11.00