The BBL roadshow heads to Albury on New Year’s Eve for an intriguing clash between the Thunder and Hurricanes.
The Thunder are the value here as they continue to turn around their season.
Since their infamous 15 all-out, the Thunder have pushed the Strikers and Renegades to the last over and recorded two good wins over the Heat.
The Hurricanes have been the BBL’s biggest disappointment to date. Despite a stacked line-up, they sit sixth with a 2-2 record and a negative net run rate. Three of their four games, including two of their wins, have been decided by less than 10 runs and could have gone either way.
While the ‘Canes have the more talented line-up, they just can’t be trusted, especially as favourites on the road where they’ve only won 2 of their last 9. Meanwhile, the Thunder have won 5 of their last 6 as home underdogs and should record a third straight victory to close 2022.
Despite a top order of power hitters in McDermott, Short and Wade, the Hurricanes are regularly slow starters, only winning this market in 3 of their last 14 games and in each of their last 9 on the road. Conversely, the Thunder have won the opening six overs in 11 of their last 14 at home.
Hales is short in this market but he has a brilliant record against the ‘Canes so is still a good bet. The Englishman has scored 25+ runs in 6 of his last 7 and 50+ in 4 of the last 7 versus Hobart. He’s also coming off 50s in 2 of his last 3 games. In hot form and should have another big game.
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Thunder H2H / Thunder Highest First Six Overs / A.Hales 20+ runs