BBL Semi-Finals – Scorchers v Hurricanes – Strikers v Renegades
29 January 2018
All semi-final teams are impacted by player unavailability due to the International T20 series. On the plus side, all teams welcome back players from ODI duty.
BBL 07 Semi-Final 1: Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes, Optus Stadium, Perth
Thursday, February 1: 4.40pm local time (7.40pm AEDT)
Betting Top 10 Australia Best Bet: Cameron Bancroft or Michael Klinger to score 50 or more, both at $4.00 with Bookmaker.com.au
Perth Scorchers: The Scorchers will be without Ashton Agar and Andrew Tye due to T20 International commitments. Jhye Richardson, Mitch Marsh and Shaun Marsh all return from their respective international duties.
Hobart Hurricanes: The Hurricanes will miss BBL 07’s leading run scorer in D’Arcy Short as he makes his international debut, however, they’re welcoming back to the fold ODI and Test wicketkeeper, Tim Paine.
The Scorchers are almost unbeatable at home – including a five-wicket win with two balls in hand over the Hurricanes 10 days ago. However, expect the unknowns of the new pitch at Optus Stadium to even out the contest.
Betting Top 10 Australia’s Tip: The Scorchers to squeeze home in a close tussle.
BBL 07 Semi-Final 2: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades – Adelaide Oval
Friday, February 2: 7.10pm local (7.40pm AEDT)
Betting Top 10 Australia Best Bet: The Renegades’ Tom Cooper, to score a 50 at $5.50 with Unibet.
Adelaide Strikers: The Strikers will be without ‘keeper Alex Carey, paceman Billy Stanlake and inspirational skipper Travis Head for their home semi-final. All three have been named in Australia’s T20I squad for the series against New Zealand and England.
Melbourne Renegades: The Renegades are without Kane Richardson and Aaron Finch, and are welcoming back the experienced, Cameron White.
When the teams last met, it was a Strikers win, courtesy of Colin Ingram’s big-hitting and THAT incredible outfield catch from Ben Laughlin and Jake Weatherald.
Betting Top 10 Australia’s Tip: The Strikers in a close one. Adelaide’s bowlers can defend almost any total.