With 14 matches now in the books, the Big Bash League regular has come to a conclusion, and what a season we have had so far. There has been drama aplenty, more than enough surprises and just the right amount of upsets to ensure followers were kept on the edge of their seats as we reached the home straight. We’re now at the business end of the competition. So, check out our Feb 14-15 Big Bash League betting tips and odds.
Hobart Hurricanes finished top of the tree on 20 points, deserving victors with a record of 10 wins against four defeats. That left them four ahead of runners up Melbourne Renegades (8-6-0), who finished level with Sydney Sixers in third, an 0.173 run rate for Melbourne edging them in front of Sydney’s 0.047. Fourth placed Melbourne Stars certainly did things the hard way but an even split of seven wins against as many losses ensured they beat Brisbane Heat by a point.
At the other end of the table and the drama didn’t exactly filter down the pecking order with Sydney Thunder (6-7-0), Adelaide Strikers (6-8-0) and Perth Scorchers (4-10-0) doing as expected and filling the basement spots, Scorchers a full four points behind their nearest rivals. A season to forget for each of the trio, of that there can be little doubt.
Final Day Drama
Game 14 brought the curtain down in style with fans glued to the coverage until the last ball. Brisbane Heat went into the weekend with everything to play for and picked up a stunning win over rivals Melbourne Stars on Friday, winning by 10 wickets, the scoreboard reading Heat 158-0 (10.0) against Stars 156-8 (20.0). Great, but there was to be one final twist in the tail.
Sydney Thunder beat Hobart Hurricanes by four wickets in a real shock on Saturday, before Adelaide Strikers did as expected when downing struggling Perth Scorchers by five wickets later that day. The real drama came on Sunday when we sat back to enjoy a final throw of the dice from Melbourne Stars who needed a performance to make the top-four.
They did it, against the expectations of many, when sneaking through to the semi-final with a jaw-dropping 94-run win over Sydney Sixers, 168-6 (20.0) smashing a paltry 74 all out (13.4). It was like Sixers weren’t trying; however, their opponents didn’t give it a second thought, more than happy to take the gift and book an extended season for themselves and their hardy band of followers. Will they have enough about them to do it again, or will they prove a side in over their head when luck abandons them? It’ll be great fun finding out.
Let’s take a closer look at the semi-final matches and how bookmakers expect both games to go…
Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars, Thursday 8.30am
Cricket lovers and, in particular, fans of the Big Bash League will have no trouble rising early and making extra time in the morning to keep up to speed with this match. It promises to be one well worth keeping an eye on as it’ll tell us a few things we really need to know before the final. Are Hobart Hurricanes the real deal and on a fast-track to the title? Have Melbourne Stars been keeping their powder dry until now but, with the fuse lit, they’re ready to explode and join the party?
As always, when it comes to the match winning market for this competition, major bookmakers don’t seem to know. They are happy to jump up on the fence, offer competitive odds and let punters sort it out for themselves, picking a winner.
This is a big deal to fans and traders aim to mark the occasion by offering a flood of attractive odds, designed to win you over and help celebrate the day with a bet on the outcome. If you have strong feelings on this one, the pre-match betting means its worth supporting your thinking with hard cash.
Follow the Form
Hobart Hurricanes are favourites for the win; however, it’s a wide-open market with backers able to get their hands on a solid 8/11 with Coral. If you expect Hurricanes to live up to expectations, there’s enough of a price there to back as a single, or you could add Hobart to your weekend accumulators.
Fancy opposing the money men? A bet on Melbourne Stars continuing their fairytale finish to the season will do just that. We saw just what they are capable of last week and although they’ll face a much sterner test here than the one offered up last weekend, a bet on the underdogs is made all the easier by the fact Coral serve a delightful 11/10.
Nice, but we’re sticking with the form side and backing Hobart Hurricanes to do a job. They’ve been impressive from the start and it would be criminal to turn our backs on them now.
Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers, Friday 8.30am
The last of our Feb 14-15 Big Bash League tips is for Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers. Another semi-final match and another one the traders go into without having any real confidence on either side. The pre-match betting odds tell us this will be a close-fought contest with Bet365 sending out 4/5 on Melbourne Renegades, making them marginal favourites, ahead of Sydney Sixers who will return supporters even money if they can rock the boat and book a place in the final two.
The fact there’s no real conviction in either price will catch the eye of value hunters who love jumping all over the uncertainty of major bookmakers. We aim to do just that and, as above, we’re going to go with the side who have been a touch more consistent from the opening game of the season.
Sixers were smashed to pieces last time; however, they were in a position to take their eye off the ball, knowing they were already through to the next round. Sunday’s result disguises the fact they are a strong team who were good enough to finish third and we expect them to bounce back.