The Hobart Hurricanes will be hoping to make it four-from-four tomorrow night as they host the Perth Scorchers at home. A stunning display of bowling against the Strikers has given the Scorchers a huge morale-boost, the only downside is that the Perth conditions aren’t expected to follow them down to Tasmania….
At this point in time, the Hobart Hurricanes look like the red-hot favourites to take out this seasons BBL title after they defeated the Thunder on home soil, but more importantly extended their winning streak to three & now sit on top of the standings. The influence & leadership shown by Hobart skipper Matthew Wade has certainly given them that winning-edge they were undoubtedly looking for this season, Wade himself is averaging 47.33 with the bat alongside fellow-opening batsman D’Arcy Short who’s also found form early with a 50+ average. The former Australian wicketkeeper hammered 85 off just 49 deliveries in his last game against the Thunder, combining with Short to form a 120-run opening stand. This time around things are expected to be a little more challenging given the quality of Perth’s attack, but one key factor that sways in favour of the Hurricanes is that the match is in Hobart. Small boundaries and a quick outfield should play a part in the game as usual, and with their opening pair in scintillating-form they’d back themselves every day of the week to get the job done.
Veteran middle order batsman George Bailey continues to get the job done for Hobart at the back-end of the innings, he’s averaging 72 and has finished not out on two separate occasions. If their No. 3 Ben McDermott can click into gear at some point, they’ll be a formidable batting unit that could just take them all the way in BBL08. With the batting side of things just about covered, it’s easy to look past the likes of Jofra Archer, James Faulkner and Riley Meredith who are doing a great job with the ball in hand. With 6 wickets to his name already, Archer is clearly the standout performer in their side & for good reason. Having said that, all-rounder James Faulkner isn’t far behind him. Faulkner just has a knack of getting the batsmen to believe they can put him over the fence, but his deceiving change-ups have said otherwise. With the support of Meredith’s zippy-pace and three spinning options in the form of Rose, Botha and Short, Hobart look the real-deal.
It looked as if things just weren’t going to fall into place for the Scorchers in BBL08 after back-to-back losses to start their campaign, but a win against arguably one of the best teams in the competition may have just turned things around. Headlining tomorrow night’s match in Tasmania is the return of Cameron Bancroft, a man who was tangled up in cricket’s biggest scandal over in South Africa earlier this year. Sandpaper aside, the 26-year-old is a big inclusion in this Scorchers side with his cool-headed batting approach at the top of the order. With Sam Whiteman expected to return from illness and Bancroft set to take his place in the XI, Perth are looking menacing ahead of tomorrow’s encounter with the Hurricanes. It was a wicket-taking assult like no other in the previous match at Perth Stadium, the Scorchers bowling out the visiting-Strikers for a dismal-88 with just about every bowler cashing in on the action.
Jason Behrendorff was once again outstanding with the new ball, adding to his already-impressive record in BBL08 so far. The deceptive-Andrew Tye produced his first-real breakout performance of the season picking up 2/9, but it was Jhye Richardson’s 3/7 off three overs which ultimately killed off the Adelaide Strikers. We’ve seen so far in the tournament that batting tends to dominate bowling in Hobart due to the smallish-size of the ground, so accuracy will be pivotal yet again. I hate to say it, but age could finally be catching up with Michael Klinger who’s once again struggled to gain any traction in the tournament so far with the willow. The 38-year-old has scores of 28, 3 & 2 in BBL08, not the sort of numbers you’d associate with this man. Players such as Sam Whiteman and Ashton Turner are potential match-winners when it comes to playing in Hobart, even mishits could find themselves dropping over the rope. This is one team who could just about end the Hurricanes three-match winning streak, but they can’t let Hobart get on top of them early, that could be demoralising for their confidence.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Hobart Hurricanes | BBL | 13th match | Hobart
- D’Arcy Short
- Ben McDermott
- Jofra Archer
- Matthew Wade
- Riley Meredith
Wildcard pick – Alex Doolan
Top 5 fantasy picks | Perth Scorchers | BBL | 13th match | Hobart
- Ashton Turner
- Andrew Tye
- Sam Whiteman
- Ashton Agar
- Michael Klinger
Wildcard pick – Cameron Bancroft
Hobart Hurricanes (possible) – 1. Matthew Wade (c & wk) 2. D’Arcy Short 3. Alex Doolan 4. Ben McDermott 5. George Bailey 6. Simon Milenko 7. James Faulkner 8. Johan Botha 9. Jofra Archer 10. Clive Rose 11. Riley Meredith.
Perth Scorchers (possible) – 1. Sam Whiteman (wk) 2. Michael Klinger 3. Cameron Bancroft 4. Ashton Turner © 5. Hilton Cartwright 6. David Willey 7. Ashton Agar 8. Nathan Coulter-Nile 9. Andrew Tye 10. Jhye Richardson 11. Jason Behrendorff.
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