There is a bit more spice added to the Sydney Derby as both teams can still qualify.
Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder
Sydney Sixers play host to cross city rivals Sydney Thunder in today’s earlier fixture. The Sixers enter the game bottom of the ladder following Brisbane Heat’s big win over the Stars. They entered the competition as many people’s fancy to end Perth’s reign, however injuries and international call-ups have restricted them to only two wins. Thunder, on the other hand, are on the hunt for a top-four place, and although a win will not guarantee this, it will put pressure on both of the Melbourne franchises.
If the Sydney Sixers manage to beat the Thunder by a hefty margin and Adelaide help them out by thrashing the Strikers, they can still make the finals, optimistic? They come into this game after four straight defeats, the most recent being a morale crushing loss to the Heat. Nic Maddinson returns to the 13 man of squad and so does the man-mountain Trent Lawford.
A win for the Thunder will give them a real chance of making finals, this team can beat anyone on their day but have the ability to play some shocking cricket. They welcome New Zealand international Henry Nicholls into the squad to replace the South African all-rounder Kallis. Nicholls has an impossible task replacing Kallis, he hasn’t stood out with the bat but has kept things very tight. Without Kallis they seem to be lacking with the ball especially the way Sandhi has bowled this year.
We’re backing the Sixers to cause an upset in this one as Thunder look considerably weaker without Kallis. Sydney Sixers do lack one more batsman but all they need is one of Haddin, Lumb, Maddinson or Silk to come off, and with Abbott, Bird, Bollinger, Botha and Lyon they’ve got a very strong bowling attack. Thunder are relying on Hussey to score big and they need to get eight overs out of Watson, Green, McDonald and Sandhu.
Sydney Thunder - 1pt @ 1.7
Top Sydney Sixers Batsman
Brad Haddin is the Sixers second top run-scorer with 183 runs in the competition, the free-scoring wicket-keeper will most likely bat four unless they choose not to pick Cowan. Either way Haddin looks to be good value at $5 to top score for the Sixers especially with Maddinson’s current form.
Brad Haddin - 1pt @ 5.00
Top Sydney Thunder Batsman
Henry Nicholls has hardly set the world alight, Kallis is missing, the extra pace in the Sixers line up will cause troubles for Watson, and Blizzard is in terrible form. Which leaves us with either Hussey or Russell. Mr Cricket has been a consistent performer yet again this year hitting 236 runs, he’ll have no problem against the spin on offer, which is why we’re backing him at $5 to top score for the Thunder. It seems one bookie hasn’t reacted to the news Kallis isn’t playing as he’s as short at $3.6 in places.
Michael Hussey - 1pt @ 5.00
Top Sydney Thunder bowler
The Thunder will spread their overs between a few different options to cover not only Kallis missing but the fact Sandhu has been woeful. The Sixers have also looked to have got over their problem with spin as they didn’t lose a wicket to eight overs of quality leg spin in their last two fixtures. Which leaves us only a couple of genuine chances to being top bowler, either Russell or Mckay. We’re backing the West Indian who has 13 wickets to his name and looks value at $4.
Andre Russell - 1pt @ 4.00
Brad Haddin Match Peformance - Spread Betting
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 bet for this fixture is Brad Haddin. Haddin has been in good from lately scoring 183 runs in the competition, and then you throw in his keeping. With two spinners playing he’s always a chance of taking a stumping and with a good seam attack he’ll be sure to take a few catches. You can buy Haddin at 36 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 Haddin get points? The following applies:
- 1 point per run
- 10 points per catch
- 20 points per wicket
- 25 points per stumping
If, for example, he scores 25 runs and takes two catches, and nothing else, you’re in profit if you Buy as he’ll have scored 45 points (more than the 36 point spread). If Haddin only scores 30 runs he would get 30 points, leaving you on -6 points. Therefore if you staked $10 a point you’d lose $60.
But if Haddin scores 40 runs, takes a catch and a stumping he’d score 75 points, which would result in a profit of $390 from a $10 stake. Hopefully this makes sense, but click through to the Sporting Index website for further information
Brad Haddin - 1pt @ 36.00