As normal – it’s cricket time in Australia… so check out our T20 Big Bash betting tips this week. The T20 Big Bash gathers pace this week and there’s plenty for cricket fans to sink their teeth into with games of note taking place between Monday and Sunday. We get started with a cracker on the opening day of the week when Melbourne Stars entertain Hobart Hurricanes; there’s then a break on Tuesday before Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades face-off on Wednesday with an 8.15am GMT advertised start time.
The hectic schedule means there’s plenty to give sports backers a lively interest, allowing them to build game-by-game accumulators. The start time means it’s the perfect chance to get off on the winning foot each day with many fixtures settled in good time for lunch.
While following the play you can also wager on the outright markets, including which team will go all the way to the title. At present bookmakers have the Hobart Hurricanes as the most likely victor with 11/4 the general feeling. That has them ahead of nearest rivals Adelaide Strikers at 7/2 and Sydney Thunder’s 13/2. The prices then begin to creep up as we look at the outsiders with Brisbane Heat 7/1, Melbourne Renegades 8/1 and Sydney Sixers also 8/1.
Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades – Wednesday 08:15am
The first of our T20 Big Bash betting tips is Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades. A meeting of two sides expected to merely make up the numbers; however, the quality is there in both camps to win this and with confidence high. That should make for an entertaining game. There’s also value to be had if you can pick the winner with the Renegades slight favourites at 4/5 with bet365 against the 11/10 of their opponents – market best price with Bet365. As always, when dealing with a 50/50 contest you’ve got two options – sit out and enjoy the play or back the higher priced side and cheer on the outcome knowing you have secured the value.
The top Melbourne batsman market has Marcus Harris as favourite across the board but there’s lots to like about his price with 888sport offering 11/4. Cameron White is seen as the main danger to that crown and backers can get their hands on 7/2 – market best price when investing their cash with Unibet. Top Sydney batsman betting looks like this – James Vince 7/2 with Unibet, Daniel Hughes 7/2 and Moises Henriques 4/1.
Vince Looks the Value
Moving over to have a look at the top Melbourne bowler and we see Kane Richardson as an 11/4 poke, Cameron Boyce trading at 7/2 and those after a 4/1 interest are catered for thanks to Chris Tremain. The top Sydney bowler pile is dominated by the usual suspects. Tom Curran is 11/4, SA Abbott 3/1 and Mickey Edwards 5/1.
Other markets aimed at tempting punters into a bet are the highest opening partnership which goes Melbourne 4/5 (Bet365), Sydney even money – top price Bet365 – and the draw will net you 35/1 in places. The man of the match is always an interesting betting opportunity. JM Vince is our best bet as he’s 9/1 with Ladbrokes and only 4/1 elsewhere. That’s quite a difference and one that should be seized upon. Harris is 10/1 with Unibet, 6/1 elsewhere, Daniel Hughes as big as 11/1 and tight as 8/1.
Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder – Thursday 08:15am
The next of our T20 Big Bash betting tips is Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder. Another pick-em contest and we’re more than happy to stick with our policy of backing the better price in what’s sure to be a close battle. Bet365 are offering Brisbane Heat at 4/5 and if you fancy taking the jolly you should place your bets with them as some firms are as tight as 8/11 on the same bet. It’s not for us though as we’re having our cash on Sydney bringing the thunder and claiming a dramatic upset. You’ll have plenty to shout about if following our thinking as there’s as much as 11/10 available. That’ll hold our attention for the morning.
Brisbane Heat head into this match with their stats sitting at three wins and four defeats from their first seven outings and that has them down in sixth-place in the Big Bash league table. The six points on the board means they half a dozen behind leaders Hobart Hurricanes but only two behind their opponents. Thunder is ranked second but will spend the next few games glancing over their shoulder and worrying about the sides behind them as Hobart is so far in front.
The Brisbane top batsman market has Chris Lynn as 2/1 favourite with Bet365, Brendon McCullum 3/1 and Max Bryant 4/1, top price with Unibet. Top Sydney batsman is headed by Shane Watson at 3/1, with Callum Ferguson’s 7/2 making him best of the rest, Anton Devcich next in line at 4/1.
Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes
The last of our week’s T20 Big Bash betting tips is Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes. It’ll come as no surprise to followers of the Big Bash League to see bookmakers bend over backwards to keep Hobart close at every turn, both in the outright betting and in their matches. Hurricanes are jolly again here but there’s enough of a price to warrant an interest, with Bet365 offering 8/11, better than the 4/6 that’s generally available. Perth is a better price, but they should be as it’s difficult to make a strong case for them winning this. Coral’s 6/5 is more generous than the 11/10 with most firms, but it’s not quite big enough to have us snatch at it.
Worth a Shot?
It’s worth remembering, especially if you fancy a shot at the bigger price that Hobart is by no means untouchable and have already lost a match this season, although it was only the one. Their form reads 6-1-0 with 12 points up on the board, at least four better than anyone else. Matthew Wade has been impressive so far and he’s worth a bet at 3/1 – top price with Bet365. That makes more sense than trying your luck on Alex Doolan or Tim Paine at 5/1.
Perth Scorchers are second bottom going into this match, their stats reading 3-5-0. They have six points on the board at the start of the week and that means only one side is currently worse off, Melbourne Stars who are holding the rest up.