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BBL – Week 1 In Review

The opening week of the 2022/23 Big Bash League produced the customary thrillers and mind-blowing moments – along with a world record destined to live in BBL infamy. Meanwhile, Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades got off to the perfect start.

Thunder Create Wrong Kind Of History

Any confidence and momentum Sydney Thunder had garnered from their opening-night victory was emphatically halted by a shameful batting performance destined to occupy a place in the record books for eons.

The Thunder scraped to a last-ball, one-wicket victory over Melbourne Stars last Tuesday, scrambling through for a bye on the final delivery of the match.

Their next innings three nights later was significantly shorter.

Chasing 140 against Adelaide Strikers, the Thunder were bowled out for 15. Yep, you read that right. Fifteen. A record for the lowest total in a men’s professional T20. The tally of 35 balls was another unprecedented effort for a completed innings.

To their credit, the humiliated Thunder rallied on Sunday to post 6/174 against Melbourne Renegades with South African import Rilee Roussouw scoring 53 from 38 balls. But they were run down in the last over to be left with a 1-2 record ahead of Tuesday night’s early shot at redemption against the Strikers.

Strikers, Renegades Get The Early Jump

With only eight matches of the BBL campaign in the books, just two teams remain undefeated. Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades take 2-0 records in the competition’s second week.

The Strikers made an early statement last week with a 51-run upset of the well-fancied Sydney Sixers. Matthew Short (84 from 53) stole the show as they put up 6/184 but was well-supported by Chris Lynn (41 off 34) and Adam Hose (40 off 22). Henry Thornton (4/20) and Rashid Khan (3/21) stopped the Sixers – for whom Jordan Silk top-scored with 36 – from getting any traction.

A somewhat unimpressive 9/139 against the Thunder (with Lynn’s 36 the high score) was quickly forgotten as Thornton (5/3) and Wes Agar (4/6) cashed in against a hapless batting line-up in a record-shattering display. Thornton’s display was just the 23rd five-for in BBL history.

The Renegades have made a storming start on the back of some sizzling knocks from veteran batsmen.

Nic Maddison’s 87 off 49 balls led the ‘Gades to 7/166 and a 22-run win over Brisbane Heat. Aaron Finch, batting down at number four, steered the lowly-rated Melburnians to a four-wicket victory against the Thunder with a ball to spare. Finch (70* off 43) was sublime and smashed a clutch six followed by consecutive twos to get the Renegades home.

Clarke Chalks Up Season’s First Ton

Melbourne Stars were left reeling by Glenn Maxwell’s unfortunate, likely season-ending injury – but Englishman Joe Clarke has given an early indication he can step into the match-winning breach for the franchise this season.

Maxwell blasted two unforgettable centuries last season and Clarke became the first player this summer (and 33rd in BBL history) to bring up triple figures.

Clarke smashed an unbeaten 101 from 66 balls to lead the Stars to a 38-run defeat of the Hurricanes on Friday, joining another former Stars import, Luke Wright, as the only Brits to notch BBL tons. He blasted nine fours and cleared the rope four times in an exhilarating hour and a half at the crease.

BBL Title Odds

The 1-1 Hobart Hurricanes and the Strikers have assumed BBL title favouritism one week in. Another team with one loss and one win on the board, are on the second line of betting, alongside pre-season favourites Sydney Sixers – who are under a bit of pressure after dropping their first two matches. The Renegades’ flying start has seen their price slashed from $12, while the Thunder have blown out from a starting price of $6.50 and the Heat – who have only played one match – have drifted from $11 to $15 on the last line.

BBL 2022/23 Odds

Hobart Hurricanes$4.75$4.50
Adelaide Strikers$8.50$4.50
Perth Scorchers$5.50$5.50
Sydney Sixers$4.50$5.50
Melbourne Renegades$12$7
Melbourne Stars$7$8
Sydney Thunder$6.50$12
Brisbane Heat$11$15

The Week Ahead

Tue 20th Dec – Strikers v Thunder
Wed 21st Dec – Renegades v Heat
Thu 22nd Dec – Sixers v Hurricanes
Fri 23rd Dec – Stars v Scorchers & Heat v Strikers
Sat 24th Dec – Hurricanes v Renegades
Mon 26th Dec – Sixers v Stars & Scorchers v Strikers



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