Matches over the weekend as follows
Saturday 29th December
Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers
The Renegades go into this match with two wins from two games, against Perth and Adelaide and favourites at home to make it three from three against a Sixers sides who lost to the Stars after only scoring 130 to make it two losses in succession after their first game win, The Sixers batting so far has been the weakness and whilst the Renegades are also a stronger batting side than they are bowling the home side should be supported at 8/11 with Skybet
Sunday 30th December
Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers
Last season’s finalists Hobart beat Brisbane defending 159 in their first match and then chased 155 to beat the Stars at home in the second game to lie top of the table after their first two games
Perth meanwhile, habitually one of the best sides in the tournament over many years lost their first two games of the season, their batting failed twice scoring just 147 and 103 giving an above average bowling attack little chance of defending low totals. Then, in a reversal of fortunes on Boxing Day they knocked over the Strikers for 88 to get off the mark for the season.
For Hobart their overseas import Jofra Archer of Sussex and eventually when he qualifies, England, is one of the most promising fast bowlers in world cricket. Last season he had a big impact on the competition, typically bowling at both ends of the innings (and bowling at the death is a big advantage in the top bowler sub markets, where batsmen are taking risks) and he was one of the best bowlers. His ferocious mix of yorkers and bouncers – one ball clocked at 94mph – took him to 15 wickets in 10 matches and then an $800,000 IPL contract.
This season he has taken 4-0-22-2 and 4-0-25-3 in the Big Bash and with Tymal Mills now ruled out of the competition with a hamstring it is he and the veteran James Faulkner that lead the attack
In the Hobart top bowler market Archer is available at 9/4 with Bet365 and William Hill ahead of Faulkner at 7/2 and 9/2 bar the front two which is fair enough as the bowling attack doesn’t have great depth
Monday 31st December
Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder
Adelaide won their first game defending their title but have lost the next two failing to defend 174 against the Renegades then dismissed for 88 in Perth. Especially with Rashid Khan in their ranks they should bounce back. The Thunder with Buttler and Root in their ranks have beaten the Sixers and Stars to win their first two games and play in Hobart on Friday.
I like the Strikers at home to rebound at 10/11 with SkyBet