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Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes Big Bash League Semi-Final Match Preview and Predictions - Scorchers to make another final

Rippa Staff 30 Jan 2018
  • Scorchers hold a 6-2 head-to-head advantage over the Hurricanes
  • Perth have won their last three games
  • Hobart scraped into the final despite losing their last three fixtures

After 40 league matches and more than a month of vibrating action, the Big Bash has reached the knockout stage and Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes get the semi-finals underway on February 1 (Thursday night).

While the Scorchers have taken their usual place at the top of the perch, the Hurricanes enjoyed a bit of luck on the final day to reach the semis.

All that will count for nothing as the sides prepare to become the first side to reach the final of BBL07. What a way to welcome the first competitive T20 at Perth’s new $1.5 billion Optus Stadium.

Match Preview


Even national team call-ups couldn’t affect the Scorchers, who finished top of the pile with 16 points after the league stage. The only teams to defeat them this season were Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat.

The hosts are confident that star opener Shaun Marsh will be cleared to make his return from a quad injury while Mitchell Marsh is also available. Their spinner Ashton Agar’s call-up to Australia’s T20 squad means they could think of lining up an all-pace attack.

For the Hurricanes, it is mixed emotions after scraping through as the fourth placed team with ten points. Having complicated their chances with a loss to the Stars on the last day, the Hurricanes needed a helping hand from the Melbourne Renegades who ousted the Heat.

Their run to the semis has come at a cost, though, as top scorer D’Arcy Short has received his maiden Australian T20 call and will be unavailable for this fixture. However, Tim Paine joins the squad, and could play as a specialist opener.

Earlier in the season


The teams met at the WACA earlier in the season, where the Scorchers won by five wickets. Simon Milenko (66 from 37 balls, 4X4, 5X6) helped the Hurricanes set a target of 168. The Scorchers overwhelmed it easily, thanks to the belligerence of Cameron Bancroft (54 from 36 balls, 5X4, 2X6) and Ashton Turner (50 from 27 balls, 4X4, 2X6).

Who’s hot & Who will be missed?


Turner (250 runs, avg. 35.71, SR 165.56) is the chief protagonist with the bat for the Scorchers. With the ball, the load has been equally shared between Mitchell Johnson, Matt Kelly, and Jhye Richardson – seven wickets each. The hosts, though, will miss the all-round skills of Agar (149 runs, eight wickets).

For the Hurricanes, in the absence of Short, Ben McDermott (249 runs, avg. 31.12, SR 129.68) is the key with the bat. IPL’s latest million-dollar baby Jofra Archer (15 wickets) remains their top bet with the ball. They have a massive hole, at the top, as Short (504 runs, avg. 56, SR 147.8) will be dearly missed.

Tips and Predictions


The Scorchers have a 6-2 record against the Hurricanes, winning their last six encounters. To go with that, the hosts have won their last three matches coming into this match while the visitors have lost their last three. Back the Scorchers to win at odds of $1.58 (TopBetta).

With stronger firepower at its disposal, the Scorchers look better equipped to find the maximums more often than their counterparts at odds of $1.91 (William Hill).

How about the sixes market? Back Alex Doolan to score at least one six at odds of $2.50 (Ladbrokes).


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Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes Big Bash League Semi-Final Match Preview and Predictions - Scorchers to make another final

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