BBL|06 T20 semi-final betting (January 24): Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars

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Updated: January 24, 2017

For the fifth time in six years, the Melbourne Stars will take on the Perth Scorchers for a spot in the KFC Big Bash Final with tonight’s semi-final to be played in the WACA ‘Furnace’; overall record: 13-14, +2.45 units

 

Game: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars
Where: WACA Ground, Perth, WA
When: Tuesday, January 24, 7.40pm (AEDT)
Prices: Perth $1.70, Melbourne $2.20

Confirmed bet: Perth WIN (two units @ $1.70)

TIW says: The Melbourne Stars journey west to face the Perth Scorchers in a semi-final for the fifth time in six seasons. The Perth Scorchers are out to put danger man Michael Beer off his game in tonight’s KFC Big Bash League semi-final as the Melbourne Stars seek to shake off their chokers tag. Beer destroyed the Scorchers when the two teams met last week, with the 32-year-old spinner claiming 2-5 from his first three overs (on his way to 2-12) as Perth slumped to 4-13. The Scorchers were thumped by seven wickets in that match, but they secured top spot on the ladder and a home semi-final with a crushing win over Hobart on Saturday. More importantly, the batting line-up regained their mojo, with Shaun Marsh (pictured below) scoring 57 off 34 balls to help inspire the win.

 

 

Tonight’s match will be the fifth time in six seasons the Scorchers and Stars have faced off in a semi-final. The Scorchers have won three of those four encounters. But the Stars earned a slice of revenge last season when they beat the Scorchers by seven wickets in the semi-final at the MCG. The Stars are seeking their maiden title after reaching four semi-finals and losing last year’s final to the Sydney Thunder. Perth have named an unchanged squad, while the Stars have been boosted by the return of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis from international duties. Dan Worrall was also included in the Stars’ 13-man squad, with Sam Harper and Cameron Gannon the two players to make way. If Perth reach the final, they’ll be without Shaun Marsh, who has been called up for Australia’s ODI tour of New Zealand.

 

The Scorchers, thanks to the cool head and expert leadership shown by coach Justin Langer, continued to be the most reliable of the eight BBL franchises this year. It again goes to prove (even in a competition such as this) that smart organisation goes a long way in securing success. What makes Perth’s effort even more impressive is that they have done this on the back of average imports, injuries, losing players to international commitments and placing many of their eggs in the signing of Mitch Johnson basket. At full strength, I’d be on the Stars here tonight but with the ludicrous international commitment policy of the ACB then the Stars just don’t have the depth to cover the losses of so many top shelf players. Scorchers should win and host the final on Saturday.

 

Most recent results: 0-2, -2.0 units

Melbourne Stars WIN v Sydney Sixers (one unit @ $1.91) LOSE
Hobart Hurricanes WIN v Perth Scorchers (one unit @ $2.25) LOSE

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to Crownbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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