18/19 Big Bash League Weekly Roundup - 3
With another week of Big Bash action under way, Bet UK take a look back at this week’s fixtures with betting tips for the next round of games. Bet UK’s online betting has the latest Big Bash betting odds for all matches this season.
Sydney Sixers bt Melbourne Renegades by 33 runs
Sydney Sixers bounced back from their loss against the Melbourne Stars with a 33 run victory over the Renegades. The Sixers took to the crease first and didn’t get off to an ideal start. At 25-3, Moises Henriques and Jordan Silk were the batsman and restored some stability to the Sixers’ play. A partnership of 38 was ended when Henriques was bowled on 20 runs, a score that was matched by his replacement. Wickets fell slowly for the rest of the innings with the Sixers eventually ending the 20 overs on 132-7.
Mackenzie Harvey and Tim Ludeman opened the batting for the Renegades as they chased 133. After a promising start, Ludeman was dismissed on 32, and his replacement Cameron White only lasted another 6 balls. Harvey was then bowled on 50 and the floodgates opened for the Sixers bowlers. At 66-3, Tom Cooper, Mohammad Nabi and Sam Harper were all gone within 8 balls and the Renegades were at 67-6 with only 7.3 overs left. The remaining batting line might have slowed the wickets down, but they couldn't get any runs. After 20 overs, the Renegades finished on a measly 99-9, handing the Sixers a 33 run win.
Hobart Hurricanes bt Perth Scorchers by 6 wickets
The Big Bash League leaders maintained their perfect record with a 6 wicket win over the Perth Scorchers. Perth got the game underway and couldn’t have got off to a worse start, William Bosisto being bowled with the first ball. At 19-3, Cameron Bancroft was introduced back to the crease, following his ban for ball tampering. With such promise around his return, Bancroft lasted just 3 balls and only hit 2 runs. Despite such a poor start, the Scorchers lasted 20 overs and finished on 107-8.
Led by Matthew Wade and D’arcy Short, the Hobart Hurricanes comfortably got to almost half their target before the first wicket fell. Wade was caught by Scorchers wicket keeper Cameron Bancroft and Alex Doolan stepped up to the crease in his place. Doolan kept his place on the field for the rest of the match, eventually ending on 41 runs from 36 balls. Around him, a late crumble threatened to end the Hurricanes winning run but ultimately it was too little too late. After 17.3 overs, the Hurricanes hit a 4 to win by 6 wickets, finishing on 110-4.
Adelaide Strikers bt Sydney Thunder by 20 runs
2 big hitting batsman combined to give the Adelaide Strikers a comfortable win over the Sydney Thunder. Alex Carey opened the batting alongside Jake Weatherald for the Strikers, with Carey in particular impressing as the pair combined for 33 runs. Weatherald was caught after hitting 11, and replaced by Colin Ingram. Ingram hit the highest score of the day with his impressive 75 from just 43 balls. Ingram was dismissed with just over 4 overs remaining, with the Strikers eventually finishing on 175-4.
Openers Jos Buttler and Shane Watson stepped up to lead the chase to 176 and although it was a slow start, Thunder got to 39 runs before Buttler was dismissed for 23. The same pattern followed, with wickets not falling, but the Strikers bowlers were limited Thunder to as little runs as possible. When Joe Root came to the crease on 74-2, Thunder were well behind their needed run rate. Root only lasted 11 balls and after he left the field, it was clear the Thunder wouldn’t be able to catch the Strikers. With Peter Siddle and Rashid Khan both on form with the ball, the Thunder eventually got to 155-6, giving the Strikers a 20 run lead.
Melbourne Stars bt Melbourne Renegades by 7 wickets
It was a comprehensive victory for the Stars in the first Melbourne derby of the 18/19 Big Bash League season. The Stars won the toss and opted to field, sending the Renegades out to bat. Sam Harper replaced Tim Ludeman in the opening pair, and in a similar vein to their failed chase against the Sixers, the Renegades had a promising start to the match. Once both batsmen were dismissed after 5 overs, they started to fall apart. A horrible 5 over stretch left the Renegades on 80-5 with 9 overs to go. Daniel Christian restored some hope, but again, after his wicket, the Renegades showed no sign of high scoring.
The Renegades ended on 148-9, giving the Stars a very reachable 149 to aim for in their innings. An impressive showing from Marcus Stoinis set a perfect example for the Stars as he hit 83* off just 49 balls. Ben Dunk was the other opener, but was bowled after his 67 partnership with Stoinis. Nick Larkin replaced him but only lasted 7 balls before Cameron Boyce claimed a second wicket. Captain Glenn Maxwell hit 33 from 22 taking the Stars to 141-3 with 3 overs left, eventually reaching 151-3 after 17.5 overs to take the points.
Sydney Thunder bt Perth Scorchers by 1 run
In one of the games of the season so far, the Sydney Thunder just edged the Perth Scorchers by 1 run. The Thunder batted first and Jos Buttler improved on his last outing with 55 runs, outlasting 4 of his batting partners, including Joe Root. Root has found the Big Bash League more difficult than many would have expected, and was dismissed for just 5 runs before being bowled by Ashton Agar. Chris Green and Gurinder Sanghu led the Thunder towards the end of the innings, hitting 142-6. Root and Buttler will both be leaving for international duty next week, and it will be interesting to see how the Thunder get on without the English pair.
With a target of 143, Michael Klinger and David Willey took to the crease and although Willey was dismissed after 7 runs, Klinger formed a strong partnership with Cameron Bancroft. At 50 runs, Klinger and Bancroft were both bowled within 6 balls of each other. Ashton Agar and Hilton Cartwright couldn’t manage more than 2 runs between them and it looked like Perth’s innings would be over. However, captain Ashton Turner led a remarkable comeback that unsettled the Thunder in the last few overs. With 4 needed from the last ball, Turner could only manage 2, sending the Thunder up to 2nd in the table with a 1 run win.
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