Except for those random games that go late or go into a super over, the BBL goes into two games at the same time mode on Tuesday night as the wall to wall cricket continues. Match 18 is between the Melbourne Renegades (1-3) and the Sydney Sixers (3-1) at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast with this match starting at 1810 AEDT. You will need to be on your game on Tuesday night as Draftstars continue with the massive pools for the tournament. 


After a sensational match on Saturday night, the Gold Coast has warm conditions with a very small chance of rain but more than likely we have perfect weather. After the Renegades simply rolling over and folding on Boxing Day they find themselves friendless in the markets currently at $2.20 with the top of the table Sixers at $1.65. What I am most excited about is that the Metricon surface produced a cracker of a game on Saturday with a remarkable 26 sixes hit. While I don’t see that amount of maximum’s in this match, expect plenty of runs in this match.


Draftstars continues to post big contest pools and tonight we have a pair of $20,000 contests to compete in along with micro, mini and stakes contests. 


What was more remarkable was that over 8 players scored over 50 fantasy points in that Sixers/Stars match with 3 players going over 120. But the big story is that the Renegades batting was awful on Boxing Day. Prime time match for the fans to watch and didn’t give a whimper. I do expect however a bounce back but going to be tough against a side that rolled them for 60 in Hobart earlier in the tournament. 


For the Renegades, Josh Lalor should miss with a rib injury and Cameron Boyce is still nowhere to be seen. Add the news that Imran Tahir has pulled the pin on his stint at the Renegades later in the tournament, it is really coming up “Milhouse” for the team in Red. 


Renegades squad: Aaron Finch (c), Brody Couch, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou, Jon Holland, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee, Rossouw, Will Sutherland, Imad Wasim, Beau Webster


Likely XI: Finch (c), Marsh, Harper (wk), Rossouw, Webster, Nabi, Wasim, Sutherland, Richardson, Evans, Hatzoglou


For the Sixers, this will be Jason Holder’s last match with the team before he leaves for Bangladesh but otherwise expect no changes. Although Ben Manenti was subbed out on Saturday and may make a change due to the conditions. Jackson Bird has recovered from his injury and is now available for the team. The Sixers have named an 18 man squad for the match 


Sixers Squad: Justin Avendano, Nick Bertus, Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jason Holder, Jack Edwards, Daniel Hughes (c), Ben Manenti, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Stephen O'Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Tom Rogers, Gurinder Sandhu, Jordan Silk, James Vince


Likely XI: Phillipe (wk), Edwards, Vince, Hughes, Silk, Holder, Christian, Brathwaite, Dwarshuis, O’Keefe, Manenti/Bird



Love It - Daniel Hughes ($13,900)


After leading his side to an historic win on Saturday, it is hard not to go past him at that sub 14K salary (was $11.5K against the Stars). Hughes is relishing the captaincy role for the Sixers and it is highlighted by his fantasy scores this season. 87 average in his past three matches and his super knock of 96 from 51 balls. Slate breaker he is and still affordable. 


Love It - Ben Dwarshuis ($17,500)


Dwarshuis cleaned up the Renegades down in Hobart first time round and I am confident on striking again here. Scored 122 fantasy points that night after taking 4 wickets and I wouldn’t read into too much from Saturday where he went for 47 runs off his 4 overs. This $17K price range is pretty competitive where we can get Dwarshuis at sub 20% ownership. 


Don’t Love It - Mohammad Nabi ($17,100)


Like his team, Nabi has struggled so far in BBL10 with only 15 runs from 2 innings and his 5 overs across two games going for 61 runs. He really needs to fire especially with the ball as he is more than capable of hitting economy bonuses. There are better options elsewhere at this price on the slate.  


Don’t Love It - Beau Webster ($14,000)


Poor Beau, out of form with the bat (dismissed after 6,8 and 6 balls) and since Nabi has arrived on the scene has not bowled any overs. While the chances of another top-order collapse are possible, it is more than likely that the likes of Marsh, Finch or Harper could post a big total. Thus creating limited chances for Webster. 


Who Knows - Carlos Brathwaite ($15,100)


To be honest I didn’t think Brathwaite would be fantasy relevant at all where he bats at 7 or 8 and would not bowl the max 4 overs. But he has proven me wrong with consistent fantasy scoring (59.5, 62, 63 in his last three matches) through his economical bowling and wicket taking. This sets up as another opportunity to strike but I am not so sure as I prefer other Sixers bowling options. 


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