The Hurricanes were disappointing in their opening match against the Stars and won’t find things much easier against the Scorchers in Launceston.
The Scorchers have a great record against the Hurricanes and are value as outsiders here.
The defending champs’ batting struggled in their opening match but they still scrapped their way to 155 before their elite bowling attack dismantled the Sixers for just 117.
Meanwhile, the ‘Canes were pretty average against a depleted Stars outfit, conceding 183 including the tournament’s first century to Joe Clarke. Their much-hyped batting line-up then battled their way to 145 with Matty Wade top scoring with 35 at only a run per ball.
Perth have won five straight against the Hurricanes and 17 of their last 28 as underdogs. Hobart have lost five straight in Launceston. Take the Scorchers for the upset.
D’Arcy Short has a terrific record against the Scorchers and at home and should clear his runs line.
The opener has scored 30+ runs in four of his last five against Perth and 20+ in each of his last eight home matches.
He’s also been team top scorer in three of his last five against the Scorchers so he’s worth a play at $4.20 in that market as well.
Richardson has terrorised the Hurricanes lately and is the top value pick in this game.
The 26-year-old has taken four wickets in two of his last three games against the men in purple and 2+ in each of his last four matches overall.
He’s a short-priced favourite in this market but looks in serious form early in this BBL season, coming off 4/9 in a Player of the Match performance against the Sixers.
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Hurricanes H2H / D.Short 20+ runs / J.Richardson 2+ wickets