We take a look at Thursday’s (14/2/2019) BBL Big Bash 2019 match which is the first final between the Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars. The Hurricanes go into the match as favourites to win at home but both teams are in good form so it should be a close match.
When: Thursday Feb 14th, 7:30PM
Where: Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
It pays to finish on top of the ladder when you get to retreat back home to Hobart.
The Hurricanes were a perfect 5-0 at Blundstone Arena during the home/away season, largely thanks to the Stars kick-starting the undefeated streak back in December during a six-wicket loss. Melbourne went on to lose to the ‘Canes a month later at the MCG, so is there any chance the Stars can pull out an upset on Thursday?
Unfortunately, the news gets worse if you’re a Melbourne supporter – the Stars were 0-3 during the regular season as the away underdog. Not surprisingly, the Hurricanes were a near perfect 5-1 as the home favourite, and with Big Bash leading run-scorer D’Arcy Short in sparkling form, it’s hard to see this one going any other way.
The Hurricanes have led the league in runs scored, strike rate, and fours all year, so they are well deserving of a spot in the Grand Final. Melbourne, meanwhile, made the finals by the skin of their teeth, and with just one win in their last five road games, it’s hard to see them silencing the purple army.
Tip: Hobart Hurricanes at $1.78
Value BET: MOM: Glenn Maxwell at $9.00
Hobart Hurricanes squad
Matthew Wade (c), Jofra Archer (England), George Bailey (c), Johan Botha, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Tymal Mills (England), David Moody, Tim Paine, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, Aaron Summers
Melbourne Stars squad
Michael Beer, Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jonathan Merlo, Matt Parkinson (England)*, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa