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THURSDAY 11/01/2018

SYDNEY THUNDER V PERTH SCORCHERS – 6:40PM

The defending champs head to Sydney after a record win against the Renegades in Perth. The Scorchers have found a way to win games without any of their international stars. Shaun Marsh is sidelined with a hamstring injury. The Scorchers will look to veteran Michael Klinger to anchor the batting, and Ashton Turner to clear the boundary. Turner leads the competition with a strike rate of 168.97. The Thunder will be without Jos Buttler who has been called into the England squad. Thunder Captain Shane Watson will be joined in the line-up by Ashes duo James Vince and Usman Khawaja. The Scorchers have the weapons to grab another win in Sydney.

FRIDAY 12/01/2018

MELBOURNE RENEGADES V MELBOURNE STARS – 6:40PM

This is a must-win game for the Stars. Without a win, this season, the green side of Melbourne will be playing for pride. English import Luke Wright is set to slot back into the opener’s role after sitting out the loss to the Strikers. Kevin Pietersen will be desperate to make an impression in his last Melbourne derby.  The Renegades are in form, despite going down to the Scorchers in Perth. Cameron White and Tom Cooper have been in the runs. Mohammad Nabi remains one of the key strike weapons for the Renegades with the ball. The Renegades will be too strong for a Stars side that is struggling with form and confidence.

SATURDAY 13/01/2018

ADELAIDE STRIKERS V PERTH SCORCHERS – 3:10PM

There will be fireworks as the Strikers clash with the Scorchers in Adelaide. The Strikers have turned things around from last season in spectacular fashion. Under the guidance of Travis Head, the Strikers lead this edition on the BBL. The bowling unit of Ben Laughlin, Billy Stanlake and Rashid Khan feature have all taken key wickets. Alex Carey continues to show form with both bat and the gloves at the top of the order. The Scorchers will be looking to build some momentum heading into the finals with a win in Adelaide. Shaun Marsh is an option to open the batting with Michael Klinger. Former England international Tim Bresnan comes in for David Willey. The Scorchers will leave Adelaide with a win.

SYDNEY SIXERS V SYDNEY THUNDER – 6:20PM

The Sixers will be playing for pride in the Sydney derby. The Sixers will welcome back Nathan Lyon from international duty. Lyon will slot into the side for the injured Steve O’Keefe. The Sixers have struggled all season with injury and form. Nic Maddison remains a key man with the bat. Don’t be surprised if he bats higher up the order to spark the innings. Jordan Silk remains in good touch in the middle order, but the Sixers lack the x-factor with the bat or ball. The Thunder will look to keep their local rivals on the bottom of the ladder. Shane Watson will be looking to add another big score to his run tally. The Thunder have it all to play for, with a big win on the cards.

MONDAY 15/01/2018

HOBART HURRICANES V BRISBANE HEAT – 6:40PM

D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott will face off against Brendan McCullum and Joe Burns. If Short carries on with his exploits with the bat, the Hurricanes are every chance of causing an upset. Short has been impressive with the bat this season. Brendan McCullum will be without Chris Lynn at the top of the order. Lynn originally called up to the Australian ODI team, is now out of the tournament with a leg injury. The Heat will look to bring Joe Burns further up the order. Burns is in line for a national recall to South Africa off the back of his BBL form. The Hurricanes will rely on Jofra Archer for the early wickets. The Hurricanes know that a win against the Heat will put them in finals contention.

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