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Tuesday 9th January

Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars

The Strikers scored only a par 157 against the Thunder on Sunday but bowled exceptionally to restrict the home team to 133 in reply. The result took Adelaide to the top of the league ladder again

The Stars lost their fourth game in a row in the Melbourne Derby on Saturday and are rooted to the bottom of the league ladder in their worst start to a BBL season ever. They have now lost seven matches in a row over this season and last.

Top v Bottom then and the Strikers who are a hugely improved team, are 8/13 to win again to consolidate their excellent league position which they should do

10th January

Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes

Career-best figures for leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson and a century opening stand between ‘Bash Brothers’ Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn crushed the Melbourne Stars last week at the MCG.
Swepson’s 3/14 from four overs helped restrict the Stars to 141. Glenn Maxwell was the only Stars batsman to make a sizeable contribution, bringing up a scratchy 50 with a top edged four before departing next ball, before McCullum (61 from 30 balls) and Lynn (63 not out off 46) made light work of the run chase.
The Heat brought up their victory in just 14.4 overs, their third win from five outings in BBL07, they then solidified their position in the top four of the table winning their fourth game out of six beating the Scorchers by 48 runs last Friday with a convincing performance

Hobart won their third game out of five, beating the Sixers by five runs on Monday, to stay in contention for the knockout stages. This is a strong effort by a mostly young team but in Short and Archer they have two of the emerging talents in the competition

The Heat away is a challenge though and the Heat should be backed to win at 5/6

11th January

Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers

Sydney hosted the Strikers on Sunday and fell short of the 157 target by 24 runs despite a good start but unable to counter the Adelaide slow bowlers from mid-innings onwards

The Scorchers fell to their first defeat on Brisbane last Friday, chasing 191 they were all out for 142. Still one of the leading sides in the tournament though and they showed this when they won a high scoring match against the Renegades on Monday,chasing down 185 to win their fifth game out of six and go back to the top of the table

Perth are 10/11 slight favourites here and should be backed to continue their impressive league form.

12th January

Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars

The Renegades went to the top of the league ladder with their fourth win in five games in the Melbourne Derby against the Stars last Saturday chasing down 157 comfortably

They then lost a high scoring match against the Scorchers in Perth on Monday, scoring 185 which they were unable to defend

The Stars lost their fourth game in a row in the Melbourne Derby on Saturday and are rooted to the bottom of the league ladder in their worst start to a BBL season ever. They have now lost seven matches in a row over this season and last.

The Stars at Adelaide on Tuesday in a game previewed above

The Renegades are 8/13 here for a game they should win