Week 3 of BBL08 saw the ‘Cane train roll on, as the Hobart-based side firmed with Palmerbet to take out the 2018/19 title.
Here’s how the week looked for punters:
Another high-scoring thriller down on the Apple Isle (Hurricanes defeating the Sixers by five wickets with one ball in hand) further cemented everyone’s second-favourite team at the top of the BBL08 table. The ‘Canes (5-0) are a game clear of the second-placed Sixers who have actually played two more fixtures than their rivals. Further down, they are TWO games clear of the Stars in third. Their form has seen them firm into $3.40 favourites to take out this year’s BBL title with Palmerbet. They are also now a solid $1.91 to make the final.
The #CaneTrain rolls on! 🚂
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 4, 2019
Scorchers flame almost out
Perhaps the story of BBL08 has been the form – or lack thereof – of the Perth Scorchers, who sit bottom with one win from six. Prior to this season, the team from the west were the competition’s perennial overachievers – reaching the finals in all seven previous editions. But this year they’ve struggled, and continued to do so in the last week. Losses to the Heat and Thunder in the has seen them move from pre-tournament $5 favourites with Palmerbet to rank $13 outsiders. In fact, they are now equal-favourite with the Heat to finish on the bottom (both at $2.75). Thankfully for them, the extended 14-game season means their campaign isn’t quite over. But they’d want to kick into gear, and make it quick. They won’t be helped by the loss of key players to the Aussie ODI side…
Scorchers (1-4) and Stars (2-2) hit hardest by ODI selections.
Scorchers lose captain Mitch Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and won't get S Marsh back.
Stars lose captain Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa and won't get Handscomb back.
ODI camp starts Jan 8.
— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) January 4, 2019
Big boys go toe-to-toe
One of the big gambles of the BBL is betting on players who could be selected for national duty. A call-up to the national side naturally means a player will miss key BBL fixtures. As a result, those who jumped on D’Arcy Short and Chriss Lynn as leading runscorers would have been pleased to see them left out of the Australian squad to face India. Leading run scorer Short (257 runs) remains favourite in our ‘top tournament runscorer’ market at $2.88. Lynn (179 runs) remains behind him at $5.50.
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) January 4, 2019
Adopted son continues to dazzle
On a bowling-front, the Strikers’ Rashid Khan continues to wow Aussie crowds. Two more brilliant performance with the ball in the last week (2/25 and 1/18) has seen him firm into $5 with Palmerbet to be the ‘top tournament run-scorer’ (after starting the season at $9). He is also into $6 to be the player of the tournament (behind Short at $3.60) after starting at $13. In good news for fans, the leggie has committed to playing the remainder of the season in the BBL.
"I didn't feel like I’m alone here. The whole Australia is my family" – Rashid Khan opens up about what has kept him going at a difficult time.
— ICC (@ICC) January 4, 2019