The BBL10 season is starting to heat up and the action continues on Tuesday night as the Perth Scorchers host the Hobart Hurricanes from Optus Stadium at 7.15pm. The Scorchers are on the charge at the moment, having won their last four games on the trot while the Hurricanes have lost their last two. As usual, we have a full preview and betting tips for the clash below.
Optus Stadium, Tuesday 7.15pm (AEDT)
Perth Scorchers Squad: 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, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman
Hobart Hurricanes Squad: Scott Boland, Johan Botha, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram, Sandeep Lamichhane, Dawid Malan, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Mitchell Owen, Wil Parker, D'Arcy Short, Charlie Wakim, Nick Winter, Macalister Wright
After a slow start to the season, the Scorchers have exploded over the last few weeks, winning their last four games on the trot and surging into the top five on the BBL10 table. Their return to form has aligned with their return to Optus Stadium, where they have played so well over the past few seasons, and they get another home game against an out of form Hurricanes side on Tuesday night.
The Canes have lost their last two games to the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder. Granted they have been to good opposition, but in the Thunder game they were held to just 128 in a pretty dismal batting performance. The Canes will need to get more from their damaging top three batsmen in McDermott, Short and Malan if they want to be competitive against one of the best pace attacks in the league.
On paper, I probably like the look of the Hurricanes line-up a little bit more, but on form it’s hard to go past the Scorchers at the moment. Their batting line-up has been dominant, racking up scores of 180+ in their last three games in a row against the Renegades, Sixers and Thunder. In those three games, it’s been three different batsmen that have carried the load, so they have plenty of players in form at the moment.
It’s the bowling for the Scorchers that has really impressed us of late and they are the reason we’ll be picking them to win this one at home. Their pace attack has come to life after a slow start, with Jhye Richardson carrying the load. Back the Scorchers to keep the momentum rolling in Perth and win their fifth straight game against a struggling Canes side.
The player performance markets at Sportsbet usually come out on the day of the game so at the moment we aren’t 100% sure what the Jhye Richardson line will be, but I can almost guarantee it will be in the realm of the 25-30 player performance points. We absolutely love him to clear the 30 point mark with ease as he has done in four of his last five games.
The young paceman has taken 14 wicket sin his last five games and now leads BBL10 in the wicket-takers list with 17 for the season. He also chips in with some handy runs from time to time batting at No.8. If his player performance line at Sportsbet is 30.5 or less, back this one to the hills.
The Canes didn’t have a lot to get excited about in their loss to the Stars on Thursday night. They were held to just 128 in their run chase with Peter Handscomb the only player showing any fortitude with 30 off 24 balls. It was a rare failure from Ben McDermott, who scored 22 off 12 opening the batting and is currently the leading runscorer in BBL10 with 299 runs at an average of 49.83.
McDermott had a hot start to the season with scores of 46 and 89 in his first two games, he then went through a little bit of a down period over his next two. In his last three innings he has posted scores of 31, 91 and 22. McDermott doesn’t have a fantastic record against the Scorchers. In seven career games, he has scored just 125 runs at an average of 25, much lower than career BBL average of 35.59. Perth have faced six opening batsman in their three games back at Optus Stadium, and only one of them has made over 26 runs. Back McDermott to have a tough time against this Scorchers pace attack.
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