The daily Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips as the Scorchers aim to keep their hot run going against the Hurricanes.
History: Played 13: Scorchers 7 V Hurricanes 6
Last meeting: January 13, 2020: Scorchers d Hurricanes by 77 runs at Blundstone Arena
Final Thoughts: The scramble for BBL|10 playoffs spots cranks up a notch as the in-form Perth Scorchers host the stumbling Hobart Hurricanes.
The Scorchers have moved to fifth courtesy of four straight wins. Josh Inglis (72* off 46) and Mitch Marsh (57* off 27) produced outstanding knocks in landslide victories over the Renegades (96 runs) and Sixers (86 runs) respectively.
Big-hitting Kiwi Colin Munro then blasted his third straight half-century in a 17-run win against the Thunder on Saturday. But Jhye Richardson (20* off 8 and 4/24) was the deserving Player of the Match.
Batting first in their last three games, the Scorchers posted 180-plus on each occasion.
The fourth-placed Hurricanes, meanwhile, have dropped their last two games. Ben McDermott’s brilliant 91 off 58 balls was not enough to prevent a 10-run defeat to the Stars.
The Tasmanian outfit then sunk to a 39-run loss to the Thunder on Thursday after a dismal batting performance. Peter Handscomb top-scored with just 30 as the ’Canes limped to 8/128.
Scorchers and Hurricanes split last season’s series
Both sides picked up an away win over the other during BBL|09.
The Hurricanes won by eight runs in Perth. D’Arcy Short’s spellbinding 103 not out off 70 balls drove Hobart to 2/180. Mitch Marsh (48 off 36) top-scored in a spirited chase, but Scott Boland (2/29) played a key role in restricting the Scorchers.
But the Scorchers snapped a four-match losing streak in the rivalry with a crushing 77-run victory in Hobart. Josh Inglis (73 off 46) and Marsh (40 off 29) led the visitors to 7/175, while Jhye Richardson sizzled with the ball as the Hurricanes crumbled to 98 all out.
The toss could be crucial, with four of the Hurricanes’ five wins and three of the Scorchers’ four victories coming after batting first.
But the Scorchers’ batting line-up – which also features English openers Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone, and skipper Ashton Turner – firing in conjunction with the BBL-leading bowling Richardson, who has taken 14 wickets from Perth’s last five games, it’s hard to argue with the home side’s hot favouritism here.