Into the New Year and more group stage matches.

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2nd January

Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat

The Stars go into the first game of the new year with two losses from their first two games, at Perth and Brisbane chasing in both games firstly 206 then 140 and failing on both occasions.

The Stars are full of big name internationals but have so far not lived up to that billing and Brisbane at home is another tough clash

Heat played at the Adelaide Strikers on New Years Eve and restricted the hosts to 147-7 but then fell to 15-4 and lost by 56 runs without hitting a single six. Having won 2 out of their first three games and with big hitting Chris Lynn back this was obviously a disappointment

Prices for this game are Stars 10/11 and Heat 11/10. I will take a change on the visitors at odds against in what should be a close high scoring game

3rd January

Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers

The Renegades won their first two games against Hobart and Brisbane before losing to the Scorchers when only scoring 130. This record though is in contrast with the Sixers who lost their first three games and are already in must win territory.

The Sixers lost their first three games in this year’s Big Bash and then faced the tough task of a visit to the defending champion Scorchers on New Years day and batting first put up a creditable 167-4 with more contributions from Silk and Billings. Unfortunately defending their total they lost one of their five speicalist bowlers early with a leg injury and they fell to their fourth defeat in a row

Melbourne at 8/11 is the favoured bet here

4th January

Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers

Hobart lost their first game at home to the Renegades then played the Sydney Thunder twice over the New Year. In the first game the Thunder scored 167 and Hobart couldonly respond with 109.

In the second game roles were reversed as D’Arcy Short smashed 97* to lead Hobart to 189-3 and they always looked likely to hold on, despite Buttler’s 81 off 43 balls, and they eventually won by 9 runs to get their first win of the competiton

Bailey and Christian apart, Hobart are an inexperienced team and this has showed in every game so far, they simply don’t have the firepower to compete with the star teams in this competition consistently

Adelaide have played three and won three matches to go to the head of the table, in their latest match beating the Brisbane Heat at home by 56 runs defending 147

Adelaide at 5/6 is the bet here

5th January

Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers

Heat played at the Adelaide Strikers on New Years Eve and restricted the hosts to 147-7 but then fell to 15-4 and lost by 56 runs without hitting a single six. Having won 2 out of their first three games and with big hitting Chris Lynn back this was obviously a disappointment

Perth, the defending champions, have won their first three games. In their match on 29th December they restricted the Renegades to 130, with another 3 wickets for Andrew Tye. They chased down this low total despite falling from 109-4 to 128-7

On New Years Day Perth chased 167 at home to the Sxers with big contributions from the veteran Klinger and Trner to make it four wins from 4

Perth at 10/11 here.