The third round of matches in the seventh Big Bash League take place between Tuesday 30th December-1st January as follows:

All prices quoted are from William Hill.

Saturday 30th

Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder

Hobart lost their first game in the competition by seven wickets at home to the Renegades.Hobart are a young team with the experience of Bailey and Chrstian the exception. The ranks of young players have talent, notably the overseas quick Jofra Archer but its tough to see the team overall have an impact in the competition up against experienced star studded sides

In a game limited to 17 overs, Sydney Thunder lost off the penultimate ball in Brisbane two days after Christmas this despite the continuing good form from Captain Shaun Watson who blasted 56 off 34 balls.

The Thunder have now only won one of their first three games but will see this as an opportunity to climb the table

Sydney Thunder can be backed here at Even money.

Sunday 31st

Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat

Adelaide scored 165 in their first game versus Sydney Thunder and then dismissed their opponents for 110 with Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan impressing and Laughlin taking three wickets in four balls as part of his 4-26

They then followed up with 167 batting first against the Sixers with Alex Carey scoring 87 off 59 balls opening the batting and held on towin by six runs to ake it two wins from two

In a game limited to 17 overs, the Heat beat the Sydney Thunder off penultimate ball in Brisbane to win their second game out of three games played. Joe Burns top scored with 45* and opening bowler Shadab Khan restricted the opposition with 4-0-27-2. Big hitting Chris Lynn has returned from injury

Prices here are Adelaide 11/10 and Brisbane 4/5. A much more competitive side this year than last, Adelaide should be backed here as home underdogs

Monday 1st January

Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes

Hobart lost their first game in the competition by seven wickets at home to the Renegades.Hobart are a young team with the experience of Bailey and Chrstian the exception. The ranks of young players have talent, notably the overseas quick Jofra Archer but its tough to see the team overall have an impact in the competition up against experienced star studded sides

In a game limited to 17 overs, Sydney Thunder lost off the penultimate ball in Brisbane two days after Christmas this despite the continuing good form from Captain Shaun Watson who blasted 56 off 34 balls.

This is the reverse fixture of the game on the 30th, played just 48 hours later.

Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers

Perth were in trouble at 10/3 at home to Sydney Stars on Boxing Day but recovered to 142-6 with Hilton Cartwright hitting 53. Andrew Tye then took 5-23 to restrict visitors to 129-8 in reply. Defending champions Perth have now won 2 out of 2

Sixers lost their first two games, their batting line up underperforming and not putting up a competitive total on either occasion then. Then they just fell short of chasing Adelaide’s 167 thanks to 50 from Silk and determined late order hitting from O’Keefe and Dwarhuis. Still played 3 lost 3 is an inauspicious start to the tournament

Understandably the Scorchers at home are favourites here, and at 8/11 can be supported