The Adelaide Strikers could take the top spot with a win over third-from-bottom Hobart Hurricances tonight. The Hurricanes have been playing well below what was expected at the start of the competition and they need to win this fixture to keep any hopes alive. On the other hand, the Strikers have only lost one fixture, which was a rather embarrassing one against the Thunder. <br/><br/>
Adelaide are without Jayawardene for this clash, the Sri Lankan had just started to hit consistent form and will be a big loss at the top of the innings. Richardson will also be missing after his call-up to the Australian ODI team, which was a bit of a surprise. Travis Head has been the main man for the Strikers, the ease in which he’s hit his 18 six’s has been frightening. With such a long batting order he can play with freedom, especially with Brad Hodge just below. <br/><br/>
The loss of George Bailey will be massive for Hobart, he’s hit 240 runs from his six innings in the competition. Other than Bailey their line up has lacked consistency, there has been a few good innings from Paine, Christian and Sangakkara but nothing of real note. Darren Sammy and Sangakkara looked great signings at the start of the competition, but they’ve yet to fire. They do have a dangerous line up and were our pre competition pick. <br/><br/>
We’re going to take a bit of a risk and back the Hurricanes, but with Jayawardene and Richardson missing for Adelaide the price is too tempting. Even with Bailey missing, Hobart still have a strong batting order with Paines, Christian, Sammy, Sangakkara and Dunk. Boyce has been one of the revelations of this years competition and could cause a few problems for the Strikers.
Top Hobart Hurricanes Batsman
Normally we would back Tim Paine to top score for the Hurricanes, the wicket keeper looked in good touch scoring a half century last time out and Hobart need a senior man to stand up after losing Bailey. However, Paine has been out to spin five out of six innings this year and he’ll be up against one of the best in the competition Rashid in this fixture. Therefore, we’re backing Dan Christian. Christian will get more time at the crease with Bailey missing and will have the licence to give it a smack. The only problem with backing Christian is that he’s useless at running between the wickets.
Top Adelaide Strikers Batsman
Even with Jayawardene missing, Hodge remains at $6 to top score with Bet365 which is ludicrous. Travis Head, quite rightly, tops the market but we think there is real value in backing Hodgey. Hodge has scored 165 runs in the competition, hitting at 55. He will be relishing getting a bit more time at the crease and we could potentially see movement in the order.
Top Adelaide Strikers Bowler
This maybe seen as a bit of a obvious tip but Rashid is value at backing for top Adelaide Strikers bowler. The Hurricanes have struggled against spin this year, losing 17 wickets, and Rashid has been on fire taking 12 wickets in his 24 overs.
Travis Head Match Peformance - Spread Betting
Sporting Index makes predictions on a number of events and scenarios within a cricket match. The spread has two prices, a buy and a sell price. Our bet for this fixture is Travis Head. We’re strangely backing Travis Head more for his handy spinners than the fact he’s smashing it at the moment. Hurricanes have not played spin well at all this season, plus the fact they’re with our Richardson means Head will get a bowl. He’s taking a wicket every 16 balls so is a fair chance of grabbing one tonight. As mentioned Head is smashing it at the moment, he’s scored 251 runs at an average of 62. With their Sri Lankan import missing he might find he gets more time at the crease. You can buy Wright at 40 points, You can buy points for any stake, but the more each point is worth, the bigger both your liability and potential return.<br/><br/>
So, how does Head get points? The following applies:<br/><br/>
- 1 point per run<br/><br/>
- 10 points per catch<br/><br/>
- 20 points per wicket<br/><br/>
- 25 points per stumping<br/><br/>
If, for example, he scores 25 runs and takes two catches, and nothing else, you’re in profit if you Buy as he’ll have scored 45 points (more than the 40 point spread). If Head only scores 30 runs he would get 30 points, leaving you on -10 points. Therefore if you staked $10 a point you’d lose $100.<br/><br/>
But if Head scores 40 runs, takes a catch and a wicket he’d score 70 points, which would result in a profit of $300 from a $10 stake. Hopefully this makes sense, but click through to the Sporting Index website for <b><a href="http://www.sportingindex.com/new-account-offer-australia?tpid=8308&btag=a_336b_100c_ ">further information</a></b>..