Optus Stadium will play host to match 25 of the BBL10 season as we approach the halfway mark of the tournament. The resurgent Scorchers take on a struggling Renegades side with both teams looking for their second win of the season.
The Scorchers come into this off the back of a much needed first win of the season, comfortably beating the Strikers by 7 wickets. The Renegades are in damage control and have now lost five straight after winning their season opener a few weeks ago.
Perth will be keen to carry the momentum of a win into this match and will be boosted by the return to their home ground. New recruit Jason Roy has been a much needed spark in the batting lineup and will hope to continue his hot start to his BBL10 campaign.
The Renegades just haven’t been able to click into gear since their first match of BBL10 and are struggling across the park. The heavy reliance on Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh has been clear with their other batsmen struggling to pick up the slack when the openers fall early. They will be looking to jump off the bottom of the ladder tonight and regain some form before it’s too late in the tournament.
Optus Stadium, Sunday 4.05pm (AEDT)
Scorchers Squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Jason Roy, Cameron Bancroft, Ashton Agar, Liam Livingstone, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Gannon, Jason Behrendorff, Matthew Kelly, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Colin Munro, Joe Clarke
Renegades Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Beau Webster, Imran Tahir, Noor Ahmad, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Rilee Rossouw
There will be no shortage of desperation between these two sides with both sitting towards the bottom of the ladder, on one win each. The Scorchers will carry in some much needed confidence after recording their first win of the tournament the other night in Adelaide while the Renegades just can’t take a trick, losing their last five matches to remain last on the ladder.
With all that being said, the Scorchers are going to be hard to beat tonight in Perth. They come into this off a much needed win and return to home ground advantage with a loud and supportive crowd behind them. Jason Roy was enormous in their last match and has been just what the doctor ordered for the men in orange. They will be up and about and keen to build on their last performance while the side they come up against looks down and defeated.
The Scorchers have a dominant record over the Renegades across the history of the BBL, winning 10 of the 13 matches that these sides have met in. They certainly love playing against the Renegades and come up against them at the perfect time in their season.
The other positive sign for the Scorchers was the fact their skipper Mitch Marsh found some much needed runs, while the bowling attack was finally able to keep the opposition to a manageable total. Jyhe Richardson (3-19) did some damage with the new ball and was supported by Aaron Hardie (2-21) and Fawad Ahmed (1-21) to keep the Strikers to just 146 runs.
All signs point to a strong showing from the home side and I think they’ll be too good for a Melbourne team lacking confidence.
We’ve touched on a few strong performers out of the last match so we’ve got a little bit of form within the side to work with here. As I’ve been doing for most of the season, I’m one to stick strong with a player if the signs are there.
We successfully found Jason Roy in the last match who was dominant with the bat and I think he can continue his good form here. He has posted scores of 21 off 11 and 49 off 32 in his two matches for the Scorchers and looks in as good a touch as we’ve seen.
Going up against a Renegades bowling side who has struggled all tournament, Roy looks a massive chance to go even bigger than he has done so far.
As mentioned at the top of the preview, the Renegades are so heavily reliant on their two openers in Finch and Marsh. You can usually guarantee one or the other will top score for their side each match and it’s just a matter of finding the right one.
Aaron Finch has been good without being great this tournament, and Marsh has definetely been the better performer. In saying that, the Renegades skipper has been solid, getting a start in most innings but just not going on with a big score. I think he is due for a big one and will be wanting to lead his team to a much needed win tonight.
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