The final day of the BBL10 home and away season is here as the Heat and Scorchers kick off a triple header from the Adelaide Oval. The Scorchers have already qualified for the finals and a win with the bash boost point should see them host ‘The Qualifier’ at Optus Stadium. The Heat must win with the bash boost point, then hope the Renegades can upset the Hurricanes in order to make the top five. It’s all to play for on the final day of the home and away season. Can the Heat find a way to sneak into the top five? Or will the Scorchers secure top spot? See our full preview and betting tips for Tuesday afternoon’s clash below.
Adelaide Oval, Tuesday January 26, 12:30pm
Brisbane Heat Squad: Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Joe Burns, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Laughlin, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Lachy Pfeffer, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth
Perth Scorchers Squad: Ashton Turner, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Mitch Marsh, Colin Munro, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Jason Roy, Andrew Tye
It’s a massive clash with the Scorchers playing for top spot and the Heat playing for a spot in the finals. With both teams needing the maximum four points to achieve their desired outcomes, expect some aggressive cricket from both sides to ensure they win the bash boost point. The Scorchers are in scintillating form winning eight of their last nine games, whilst the Heat have lost two of their last three games. The Scorchers' form has been led by their batting unit that have consistently put up big scores. Colin Munro (404 runs), Jason Roy (311), Josh Inglis (310) and Liam Livingstone (257) are all in the top 25 run scorers in the competition. With Mitch Marsh and Ashton Tuner rounding out the top six, there is incredible power and depth in the Scorchers batting stocks.
While the Scorchers batting unit has been incredible, Jhye Richardson has been just as important to the Scorchers success. Richardson leads the competition in wickets with 26, at an incredible average of 12 and an economy rate of 6.75. Richardson has taken crucial wickets in the powerplay, and he will have plenty of opportunities against the Heat top order that take plenty of risks early. The Scorchers knocked over the Heat for 115 when the two sides met last week, so the Scorchers bowling attack will be full of confidence that they can produce a similar performance again on Tuesday afternoon.
The Scorchers have dominated the Heat in recent times, winning their last three matches against the Heat by an average of 44 runs. With a chance to host ‘The Qualifier’ at Optus Stadium, where they are undefeated at this season, the Scorchers will come out firing against an inconsistent Heat side. Even with Labuschagne and Swepson back in the side, the Scorchers just have too much proven talent with both bat and ball for the Heat to contain. Expect a dominant performance from the Scorchers as they look to lock up top spot.
After a slow start to his BBL10 campaign, Chris Lynn has started to hit his straps at the back end of the tournament. Lynn has scored 369 runs at an average of 41, with a strike rate of 152. Lynn’s last six games he has scored 250 runs at an average of 41, with scores of 48, 56, 50, 27, 17 and 52. Lynn’s incredible form in the second half of the season has kept the Heat's slim finals hopes alive heading into the final day of the home and away season.
Lynn also has an outstanding record against the Scorchers. Lynn’s 511 runs are the most of any player in matches between the Heat and the Scorchers. With the Heat’s season on the line, the captain knows that he is going to have to produce a massive score to give his side a chance of qualifying for the finals.
After a breakout season in BBL09 opening the batting, Josh Inglis has shown his quality moving down to number four, yet still producing a great season with less opportunity. Inglis has scored 310 runs at an average of 31, with a strike rate of 139. Inglis’ ability to execute from ball one even whilst batting in the middle order has been crucial for the Scorchers this season.
Inglis has gotten solid scores in his last three matches with knocks of 25, 58 and 26 and looks ready to explode against the Heat. Inglis scored an unbeaten 41 to guide the Scorchers to a victory in his only game at the Adelaide Oval this season, so he will be full of confidence playing there again. At $6, Inglis is an excellent value choice as the Scorchers top run scorer.
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