Game 15 of BBL11 sees the Perth Scorchers hosting the Hobart Hurricanes from 7.15pm. As always, Mr. Cricket has you covered with his full preview and betting tips for the clash below.
Another win on Sunday night saw us move to 12-2 on the season so far, and we’ll be looking to continue that hot form today. Remember to head to our Cricket Tips page for regular updates throughout the summer of cricket and you can also check out our BBL11 Data Tools for statistical insights into the Big Bash League.
BBL11 Scorchers vs Hurricanes Betting Tips
Blundstone Arena, Monday December 20th, 7.15pm (AEDT)
Predicted XI: Colin Munro, Kurtis Patterson, Mitch Marsh, Josh Inglis, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou Tymal Mills
The Scorchers were dealt a blow throughout the week with the news that the remainder of their BBL11 season will be played away from home due to the COVID-19 restrictions in Perth. It’s a disappointing result for the Scorchers, who have enjoyed the strongest home field advantage in the BBL over it’s first decade, even after relocating from the WACA to Optus Stadium.
The positive for the Scorchers, however, is that their squad looks rock solid at the moment. They have a perfect 3-0 record through three games and have already had two players make brilliant centuries in Colin Munro and Mitch Marsh. They are still without paceman Jhye Richardson due to Test selection, but have found a capable replacement in Englishman Tymal Mills.
Predicted XI: Matthew Wade, D'Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Harry Brook, Caleb Jewell, Peter Handscomb, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Riley Meridith, Scott Boland, Sandeep Lamichhane
The Hurricanes are just 1-2 through their opening three games but have been dealt a nice hand here with a game that was supposed to be played at Optus Stadium being relocated to their home filed in Hobart. They have had an extremely tough start to the season though, with their first four games set to be played against the two best sides in the competition in the Sixers and Scorchers. If they can manage a win here and finish that stretch at 2-2, it will be a big win for their confidence moving forward.
Hurricanes paceman Riley Meridith was the final piece of the puzzle and he comes back into the side on Monday night. They should field a strong line-up on Monday night, led by their dynamic batting line-up that will be looking to regain the form which saw them put up 213 runs on the Sixers last week.
The Scorchers start as hot favourites at $1.64 for this clash. While I agree that they definitely deserve to be favourites, I think this price is a little low, especially at Blundstone Arena, where the toss of the coin is arguably just as important as the form of the two teams at the time.
In the last 14 BBL games at Blundstone Arena, the team batting first has won 12 times. It’s an incredible stat and one that goes against the way T20 games are being played at the moment, with teams opting to chase more and more often. It has to be something to do with the temperature and the dew factor down in the chilly Hobart conditions.
I’m not really willing to give a tip until I see the results of the toss, but if the Hurricanes win the toss and bat, I’ll absolutely love their value given they’ll probably still be at a price over $2.00.
Same Game Multi
How can you deny the form of Mitch Marsh at the moment. The all-rounder blasted a monster hundred in his first game for the Scorchers this season and is coming off some brilliant form for Australia in the T20 World Cup. In four games at Blundstone Arena, his average jumps from 34.59 to a whopping 59.33.
Matthew Wade passes 10 runs 77% of the time dating all the way back to BBL07. That’s one of the highest marks we have seen in that stat, a testament to his ultra consistency with the bat. He has plundered 117 runs at an average of 39.00 this season.
As always, we are capping off our same game multi with the first dismissal to be caught. This leg is becoming easier and easier, with it saluting again on Sunday night, it has now come off in 10/14 games.
Wade 10+ Runs
Marsh 10+ Runs
1st Wicket Caught
SCO vs HUR Same Game Multi