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Four unmissable matches of BBL|08

18 July 2018

The Strikers and Renegades faced off in one of the games of the season in last summer's semi-final

Every game is important, but these four matches loom as the biggest blockbusters of KFC BBL|08 for Strikers fans next summer.

Game 2 v Melbourne Renegades
23 December at Adelaide Oval

The Strikers host their first home game of the tournament in a huge early test against the Renegades.

It will be the first time the two teams have met since the Strikers bundled the ‘Gades out of last year’s BBL finals series in a final-ball thriller at Adelaide Oval. There’s always a bit of extra feeling in it when these two teams go head-to-head, with several former Strikers now in opposing colours.

Early wins will be crucial in setting sides up for success in the expanded BBL|08 season so expect both teams to come out firing.

Game 4 v Sydney Thunder
31 December at Adelaide Oval

The New Year’s Eve clash at Adelaide Oval is the biggest match on the BBL calendar outside of the tournament final.

The Strikers will be out to keep their undefeated New Year’s Eve record intact against a proud Sydney Thunder outfit smarting after a disappointing BBL|07 campaign.

There’s sure to be fireworks on and off the pitch in front of a packed house and with the eyes of the nation watching. Who will put their name up in lights?

Game 9 v Hobart Hurricanes
21 January at Adelaide Oval

Fans will have to wait until mid-January for the BBL|07 Final rematch between the Strikers and Hurricanes.

Redemption will be on the minds of the ‘Canes after a crushing defeat in last summer’s decider, while the Strikers will be keen to continue their dominant form over Hobart at home.

The Hurricanes boast genuine star power, headlined by athletic allrounder Jofra Archer and BBL|07 Player of the Tournament D’Arcy Short, and proved one of the surprise packets of last summer.

The clash also comes at an important stage in the back half of the tournament as teams look to build momentum leading into the do-or-die finals.

Game 14 v Perth Scorchers
9 February at Traeger Park

The Jason Gillespie Trophy will be on the line as Adelaide and Perth return to Alice Springs in one of the highlights of the BBL fixture.

On the field, the Scorchers secured a convincing victory in the inaugural clash at Traeger Park last season. But the stakes are set to be even higher next summer in what will be the last minor round match of the tournament for both teams.

Off the field, the match marks a magnificent celebration of the sport in the Red Centre and opens up opportunities for fans in regional Northern Territory to experience Big Bash action.

It looms as a genuine blockbuster between the reigning Big Bash champs and the three-time tournament winners.