Hobart Hurricanes

The Hurricanes had a stinker last time out, suffering a 95-run defeat with only George Bailey getting into double figures. The performance was summed up by star-signing Kumar Sangakkara getting out very first ball but, given their batting line-up, this loss must be a one off. They’ve got an explosive top order and we expect them to come to the party on home turf.

Heat also lost their opening contest, but did not disgrace themselves against a strong Renegades team. A solid effort by the middle order produced a total to defend, but they struggled in the bowling department. They’ll rely all season on Samuel Badree to keep things tight and pick up vital wickets.

We’re backing the Hurricanes to win in a high scoring fixture. With two strong batting line ups, and weak-looking bowling departments, we expect scores of 170+. 200 has been smashed three times in the 16 Big Bash matches at Hobart, with 208 chased down in 19 overs last year. The heavy loss in the first game has given a bit of value in The Hurricanes.
Hobart Hurricanes - 1pt @ 1.75

First Innings 50

In three of the last four Big Bash fixtures in Hobart there has been a first innings 50 scored. With the talent on show this time out, another one at $1.43 is the bet of the night.
First Innings 50 - 1pt @ 1.43

Kumar Sangakkara

Sanga may have got a first-baller last time out, but we all know his quality. He’ll be even more determined to show his worth after that first game embarrassment, and we expect him to put on a show against a poor bowling attack, and be Hurricanes’ top scorer at $4.2.
Kumar Sangakkara - 1pt @ 4.2

Chris Lynn

Chris Lynn was a winner for us last week when he top scored for the Heat against the Renegades. He looked in top form coming in at four to whack 35 from just 20 balls. Following a fairly reserved top three, he’ll look to inject some fireworks into the innings and is worth backing at $4.33 to top score for the Heat. An outside bet after watching him last week is Ben Cutting. He’s $51 to top score for the Heat in the whole comp, and $15 to lead the way in this innings.
Chris Lynn - 1pt @ 4.33

Cameron Boyce

Spin usually does pretty well at The Blundstone, and the Hurricanes have got one of Australia’s most promising shorter format spinners amongst their ranks. Heat batsman will look to increase the run-rate when Cameron Boyce comes on to bowl, but this year’s competition has already shown that quality tweakers will take wickets. The Hurricanes don’t have many bowlers described as ‘wicket takers’, which makes Boyce a great bet at $4.25 to be their top bowler.
Cameron Boyce - 1pt @ 4.25

Ben Cutting Match Performance

For those after something a little bit different, we’ve recently welcomed spread betting experts Sporting Index onto the site. If you’re unaware how it works, we’re going to give you a few tips during the Big Bash. The best thing about Sporting Index is that they will give you $100 to play with for a week to get used to the site!

With spread betting you can make better use of your sporting knowledge than with fixed odds. With the latter you have a simple ‘win or lose’ scenario, and you know exactly how much you will win or lose as soon as you strike a bet. With spreads, how much you win or lose is determined by how accurate you are. There are a lot more than just two scenarios and, the more right you are, the more you win. By the same token, the more a result goes against you, the more you can lose.

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 selection for this game is to Buy Ben Cutting’s match performance. Cutting is worth 37 points. You can buy points for any stake, but the more each point is worth, the bigger both your liability and potential return.

So, how does Cutting get points? The following applies:
1 point per run
- 10 points per catch
- 20 points per wicket

If, for example, he takes two wickets and nothing else, you’re in profit if you Buy as he’ll have scored 40 points (more than the 37 point spread). If Cutting only takes one wicket and four runs he would get 24 points, leaving you on -13 points. Therefore if you staked $10 a point you’d lose $130.

But if Cutting scores 20 runs and also takes two wickets he’d score 60 points, which would result in a profit of $230 from a $10 stake. Hopefully this makes sense, but click through to the Sporting Index website for further information.
Ben Cutting Match Performance - 1pt @ 37.00Placed -7pt