A steadily climbing Perth Scorchers will travel to Hobart on Monday looking for full points that would condemn the Hobart Hurricanes to the bottom-half of the Big Bash League.
The Hurricanes (W3, L5) are saved from the bottom spot only by an even poorer Melbourne Renegades. To make matters worse, they have lost four of their last five, in addition to losing their best player.
The Scorchers are at the other side of the spectrum, having won three of their last four. Their season record is even after eight matches and they can keep moving up with another win in this contest.
The Hurricanes can no longer fret over the loss of the services of D’Arcy Short as they need to move on and be counted. The return of Matthew Wade (77 runs, SR 128.33) is an absolute positive, although Ben McDermott (166 runs, SR 112.92) needs to regain his lost mojo.
Bowling is where the Hurricanes’ problems lie, as they have lost a couple of players to injuries. Qais Ahmad (ten wickets, ER 7.73) continues to be their lone crusader, although Scott Boland’s return (six wickets, ER 6.50) has been a big bonus.
The Scorchers have been enjoying a good run of form, thanks to the energy shown by their batsmen. Led by their captain Mitchell Marsh (307 runs, SR 156.63) and ably supported by the opener Liam Livingstone (223 runs, SR 157.04), they have been slowly regaining their best.
Fawad Ahmed (nine wickets, ER 7.34) remains a huge positive for the side with his bustling enthusiasm on the field. As Chris Jordan (ten wickets, ER 9.06) continues to be a good presence, the Scorchers have been close to finding their right unit.
The Hurricanes haven’t really got back to form after the loss of Short to national duty. All will depend on how well the likes of George Bailey and McDermott can perform with the bat. It will be interesting to see if they can find some energy on the field, especially since the Scorchers are on a good run of form. Marsh continues to excel and improve as the leader of the pack and this match will be another chance for the Scorchers captain to leave his mark.
History & Statistics
- The Hurricanes have won all the four H2Hs where they have won the toss.
- The Hurricanes have won nine of their last 11 matches at this venue.
- The Hurricanes have won the last four H2Hs. However, the Scorchers have won the six H2Hs preceding those four.
- The Scorchers have scored the highest powerplay score in three of their last four matches in this season.
- The Scorchers have won three of the four H2Hs at this venue.
Scott Boland is making up for lost time with the Hurricanes and has picked up six wickets in his three matches so far.
Jhye Richardson is a pleasure to watch when he’s on song. With five wickets in his last two matches, it looks like the young pacer has found his way back to form.