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BBL09 Fantasy Tips: Hurricanes vs Sixers
The 1st game of the numerous double headers for the BBL09 is the 4th game of the tournament between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Sixers. The Hurricanes as part of their Northern Territory sponsorship, will play their “opening” fixture at Traegar Park in Alice Springs.
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Traegar Park in Alice Springs was in the news for all the wrong reasons earlier this year when the fixture between the Strikers and Scorchers needed to be relocated due to the state of the outfield. No such issues this time on the state of the ground but with expected temperatures looking at 40 plus degrees, the state of the players will be the concern. The fixture has been scheduled for a 1315 local time (1445 AEDT) start, right in the teeth of the heat.
The last fixture these two teams met was back at the SCG in BBL08 where the Sixers chased the Hurricanes total of 172 in 17 overs for the loss of 1 wicket! Josh Philippe and James Vince went coco bananas that night sharing a 160+ partnership. D’Arcy Short made a 42 ball 64 in the earlier fixture in Hobart where the Hurricanes got the win.
The Sixers pretty much played the perfect T20 game against the Scorchers on Wednesday night. Bowling the Perth based side out cheaply then smashing runs in the powerplay. The performance of Josh Philippe has the tournament buzzing and hitting the ball on the iconic members grandstand put an exclamation mark on his effort. The bowling effort of the Sixers to take wickets in the powerplay then restrict Mitch Marsh and Cameron Green set up the win. If wasn’t for a couple drop catches and Fawad Ahemd going awol then we would of saw a better fantasy scores from Tom Curran and Sean Abbott.
The Hurricanes, still smarting from last year’s finals upset start their campaign in the Alice. Questions about Jofra Archer’s international replacement were quickly answered with the signing of David Miller from South Africa. The big hitting middle order batsman nicely fits into the ‘canes batting order with Matthew Wade on Test duty. The Hurricanes are not foreign to these conditions as the team plays in the NT league in the winter and spend a lot of work in the region. The 40 degree shock however will test this team. Captain Ben McDermott will take the gloves but a decision on whether Caleb Jewel or Mac Wright plays will be made at the toss.
Love it - D’Arcy Short ($22,600 Draftstars)
The competition’s leading run scorer in BBL08 returns to the top of the Hurricanes order and has been highly priced by the fantasy sites. His explosive batting and handy orthodox tweakers and have made Short the hottest player in the competition. Does start the tournament without opening partner Matthew Wade but this will give Short more opportunity at the top of the order.
Don’t Love It - David Miller ($17,500 Draftstars)
I wouldn’t call it coincidence but the new imports have failed to fire early in the tournament. Liam Livingston, Tom Banton and Zahir Khan all had minimal impact on the fantasy scoreboard. Miller recently from the Super League in South Africa joins his new teammates on one of the hottest places on earth. I will be giving Miller a couple of games to warm into the tournament so I will be leaving this outside off stump.
Who Knows? - Josh Philippe ($15,100 Draftstars)
The leading run scorer in the tournament (well was after 2 games) will be a very popular player on the DFS sites after his big innings in Sydney on Wednesday night. A price point that is easy to fit into teams it would be easy to lock Philippe into every team. The bowling attack for the Hurricanes is not exceptionally strong so the case for Philippe to be added is strong. Pivoting on ownership is a risk but could be pulled off if Philippe fails.
Love it - Tom Curran ($18,400 Draftstars)
If it wasn’t for Fawad Ahmed hitting two 'Dorothy Dixes' in a row then Curran’s fantasy score would of been much significantly better than the 69 posted against the Scorchers. His bowling was excellent along with Ben Dwarshuis, the Sixers import will be looking to continue his impressive form against the Hurricanes.
Don’t Love It - James Faulkner ($15,100 Draftstars)
Faulkner relies on his swing in the early overs of innings and that has worked on numerous occasions. Look I am not swing guru or Meteorologist but getting the white ball to talk in 40 degree heat is pretty tough. Faulkner’s diminishing pace should make him a target of Sixers batters at either end of the innings.
Who Knows? - Nathan Ellis ($9,400 Draftstars)
Ellis has made the Hurricanes squad after a great performance for Tasmania in the Marsh cup, taking 12 wickets at 22. Ellis starting to get attention when he nabbed 5 wickets against NSW then backed it up with 9-30 in Grade cricket in Hobart. If picked Ellis will be a popular play but on debut will be hard to trust.