Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes

Brisbane Heat finished bottom of the ladder last year and after their opening three fixtures there is little to suggest this may change. They’ve lost their opening three fixtures, including a mauling at the hands of the Scorchers on Boxing Day. They’re lacking in all departments, the Heat’s batting line up is tame to say the least, their bowling doesn’t strike fear into opposition and their overseas haven’t delivered the goods yet.

The Hobart Hurricanes on the other hand came into the competition with high hopes after some great recruits in the winter. They were smashed first game out but bounced back to beat the Heat a week ago. The good news for the Hurricanes is that they look a threat and their overseas stars have yet to shine, when they’re firing they will be a formidable outfit.

The Gabba is a high scoring ground in the Big Bash with the average first innings score being 168 since the start of last season. Despite the high first innings average the team batting second have won three of these five fixtures.

We’re backing the Hurricanes to record the double of heat and do it with ease. They’re in a different class to the Brisbane team and we expect them to win this one with ease.
Hobart Hurricanes - 1pt @ 1.83

Top Hobart Hurricanes Batsman

We’re sticking with Kumar Sangakkarra to be top batsman for Hobart Hurricanes at $4, this may seem a short price after his duck in the first game. However the Sri Lankan looked in great nick in the fixture versus Heat. He’s got all the shots and has the ability to score quickly playing proper cricket shots.
Kumar Sangakkarra - 1pt @ 4.000

Top Brisbane Heat Bowler

Samuel Badree is yet to take a wicket in the Big Bash, however has bowled with great control only going at 6.91 an over. The West Indian is the stand out bowler in quite a weak attack for Brisbane Heat. Fekete is the only bowler for Brisbane who has managed to take more than one wicket in an innings. Hobart struggled with spin in their loss against the Sixers, where Nathan Lyon took five wickets.
Samuel Badree - 1pt @ 4.00

Top Roughie

Our outside bet for this match is Ben Cutting to be top Brisbane Heat batsman, he’s scored 48 runs in the competition to date, with 30 of them coming at home from just 14 balls. He has the ability to hit the boundaries at the back end of the innings, well worth backing at $21.
Ben Cutting - 1pt @ 21.00

Best Bet

Our best bet today is Hobart to hit the highest total in the first six overs, Brisbane have pretty conservative openers with Simmons and Peirson. Simmons is striking at 104 and Peirson at 116, hardly setting the competition alight. On the other hand Hurricanes have got Dunk and Paine at the top, Dunk is yet to score any but scores very quickly and Paine is hitting at 140.
Hobart Hurricanes - 1pt @ 1.8

Match Performance - Spread Betting

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 bet for this fixture is Tim Paine, Paine smashed 62 last time against the Heat and will always be in for a catch or a stumping with Boyce in the team. You can buy Paine at 41 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 Paine 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 takes two catches and one stumping, and nothing else, you’re in profit if you Buy as he’ll have scored 45 points (more than the 41 point spread). If Paine only scores thirty five runs he would get 35 points, leaving you on -6 points. Therefore if you staked $10 a point you’d lose $60.

But if Paine scores 45 runs and also takes two catches he’d score 65 points, which would result in a profit of $240 from a $10 stake. Hopefully this makes sense, but click through to the Sporting Index website for further information.
Tim Paine - 1pt @ 41.00Won 4pts