The Renegades and Thunder will do battle for the 2nd time in just over a week when they meet on New Year ’s Day from 7.15pm. As usual, we have you covered with a full preview and betting tips, including prop bets for the clash below.
BBL10 Renegades vs Thunder Betting Tips
Metricon Stadium, Friday December 1st, 7.15pm (AEDT)
Sydney Thunder Squad: Callum Ferguson, Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Melbourne Renegades Squad: Shaun Marsh, Brody Couch, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou, Jon Hol, Josh Lalor, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee Rossouw, Will Sutherland, Beau Webster
The Thunder have been firing on all cylinders of late, picking up a monster win against the Stars on Tuesday night which saw them belt 219 off their 20 overs. They have scored 200+ in their last two games now, the former of which came against the Renegades on Saturday night. Their top three of Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson are in fantastic form and young sensation Ollie Davies is capable of turning any game on its head.
The Renegades were absolute smashed by the Thunder last week, replying to their score of 209 with a dismal total of just 80. They were a lot more competitive in their last game, putting up 168 batting first against the Sixers only to lose on the second last ball of the game. The Renegades have holes in their line-up from top to bottom and if one of the openers in Finch or Marsh doesn’t get going, it becomes very hard for them to win.
The Thunder start as $1.71 favourites here and I think that is good value. They have been arguably the best side in the competition over the few weeks and sit second on the table with a 4-1 record. Their batting line-up isso damaging with hard hitting strokemakers at the opening positions, a steady hand in Ferguson in the middle and some dominant power hitters in Davies, Cutting and Sams to come in later. It’s not a fluke that this line-up has plundered 428 runs over the last two games.
Back the Thunder to just make too many runs against arguably the weakest batting line-up in the league in the Renegades.
Thunder Prop Bet
Callum Ferguson has been seeing them like absolute beach balls to start the BBL10 season. Through his five innings, he has plundered scores of 54, 0, 61, 31 and 51 and is the leading runscorer in the Big Bash League so far with 197 runs at 49.25.
Ferguson plays that steadying hand through the middle overs of a T20 game, which allows him to get to 20-25 at a run per ball before exploding at the end of the innings. I think coming in at No.2 and playing that style of game is very conducive to top team runscorers.
Ferguson Top THU Runscorer
Renegades Prop Bet
Shaun Marsh has had an up and down season to date. He opened his BBL10 account with a brilliant 62 off 47 balls in the opening win over the Scorchers but after that game he posted scores of 13, 1 and 3. He bounced back against the Sixers on Wednesday night, scoring 67 off just 48 balls in the narrow loss.
He was poor against the Thunder when they last met, scoring just 3 off 7 balls and although he is coming off a big score, we like his unders here. The hard hitting left hander likes to take risks early in the innings and so far this season it’s paid off at a less than 50% strike rate.
Marsh Under 23.5 Runs