Our daily Big Bash League preview dances down the wicket with BBL tips for Saturday’s second game between the bottom two teams on the BBL ladder, Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat in Perth.
History: Played 7: Sixers 4 V Renegades 3
Last meeting: January 5, 2018: Heat d Scorchers by 49 runs at The Gabba, Brisbane
Final Thoughts: It’s almost panic stations for the Perth Scorchers this BBL season. A home match up couldn’t be better timed better for the Sandgropers with just one victory from five games.
The Scorchers tale of woe has been caused by an inability to score enough runs. Their bowling outfit has been performing at par, but its their batting unit that is badly struggling. Just middle order maestro, Ashton Turner has performed, averaging 30.
Staggeringly, the Scorchers have hit just 6 sixes in five games. The leading six hitting team in BBL08 is the Sydney Thunder who are averaging almost 6 PER game.
The Heat haven’t fared much better with 3 starts and 3 losses. The Bash Brothers have turned into an only child with Brendan McCullum averaging just 5 runs per innings this season.
Averaging 151 runs per innings hasn’t been enough for the Heat bowlers, with just one Heat bowler, Josh Lalor, averaging more than 1 wicket per game.
Most glaring is the lack of quality spin. We’ve seen sides like the Strikers achieve success because of their experienced spin options. They recruit specifically for leg spin in particular which is causing trouble for even the best batsmen. Mitchell Swepson is the Heat’s leggie. He has to improve his wicket taking but he’s not taking the risks.
The Scorchers go into this one favourites because of home ground advantage. We think this will be much closer now Chris Lynn is in form. If the Bash Brothers fire, the Scorchers don’t seem capable of outscoring the Heat. One thing is clear, Heat’s top order hit it a lot further than the Scorchers, so we’re heading for the Top Score in the first 6 overs.