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BBL11 Fantasy Tips: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers
The Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers clash for direct passage through to the BBL final on Saturday night in a contest that is sure to excite.
The match is scheduled for 7:15pm AEDT at the indoor Marvel Stadium, with hot conditions predicted.
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Scorchers Squad: Ashton Turner (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Cameron Bancroft, Laurie Evans, Aaron Hardie, Peter Hatzoglou, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Mitchell Marsh, David Moody, Colin Munro, Kurtis Patterson, Andrew Tye
Sixers Squad: Sean Abbott, Justin Avendano, Jackson Bird, Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Steve O'Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk
Both squads are healthy and heading into the finals with strong regular season results in the bank, but it’s the Perth Scorchers inclusions that catch the eye ahead of tonight’s match.
Mitch Marsh, Josh Inglis and Jhye Richardson have all re-joined the playing group over the last week, adding to a line up that was already formidable on paper.
The former two have slotted straight back into the top of the batting order, while Richardson is one of several strike bowlers who can do damage in the Perth side.
Andrew Tye is part of that pace battery and has been since the dawn of time seemingly. His experience and class will no doubt play a large role in the Scorchers finals fortunes.
Colin Munro and Ashton Turner have had strong tournaments with the bat and no doubt will feel less of a burden with the return of their colleagues from international duties.
Sydney has an addition of their own, Nathan Lyon bringing consistency to his off-spin role while operating in tandem with Steve O’Keefe. Those two will be pivotal to limiting the explosive hitting of Perth’s middle order.
If the Sixers are to hit a match winning score, surely Josh Phillipe will need to make a sizeable contribution. The prodigious talent has been hit and miss this season, and will need to summon all of his skill against strong opposition.
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Love It – Peter Hatzoglou ($9,900)
Value can be hard to find on finals slates and last night was no different. Premium performers proved their worth and I believe the same will be true tonight. As such, I think Hatzoglou is a strong option out of the bargain basement options. The former Melbourne Renegade will enjoy familiar conditions and has 4 wickets in his last 3 matches. Furthermore, he will be bowling to a right-hander heavy batting group and as such, I will be picking him.
Love It – Mitch Marsh ($21,100)
Marsh is currently at his intimidating best, launching bowlers to all parts of the field while also taking wickets with the ball. He has performed at Marvel earlier in the season and will enjoy the favourable batting conditions seen there this campaign.
Don’t Love It – Dan Christian ($17,000)
Since his mid-season purple patch, the wily veteran has failed to take a wicket in three games, losing bowling responsibilities to the specialists. While he will likely get a couple of overs here, you are essentially paying top dollar for a middle order batsman. So for this reason, he is a fade for me.
Don’t Love It – Kurtis Patterson ($15,300)
This is a salary-based call. Patterson has performed solidly opening up this season scoring over 10 in all but one of his innings, but I can’t justify paying over $15k for a guy who is unlikely to break the slate. Sorry Kurtis, not today.
Who Knows – Sean Abbott ($17,200)
Will the real Sean Abbott please stand up? The usually dependable veteran has just 1 wicket and an economy rate of over 10 in his last 3 matches, to the shock of most punters. This is surely a blip on the radar and I would not be surprised if Abbott bounced back tonight.
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