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The run home: Game 12

20 January 2020

Adelaide's win over the Hurricanes in Launceston lifted the Strikers into second place on the KFC BBL|09 ladder

A closer look at each club's road home to the KFC BBL|09 finals.

1st: Melbourne Stars (20 points)
Played 11 | Won 10 | Lost 1 | NRR 1.173

The run home
Jan 20 v Sixers (away)
Jan 22 v Strikers (away)
Jan 25 v Heat (home)

Guaranteed minor premiers and will host ‘The Qualifier’ (1st v 2nd) under the new Big Bash finals system giving the Stars potentially a direct passage to a second consecutive BBL Final. Adelaide is the only team to beat the Stars this season as they ride an eight-game winning streak and are well set to break the League wins record of 10 with three games still to come, although away clashes with current top-three teams the Strikers and Sixers will test their mettle.

2nd: Adelaide Strikers (13 points)
Played 11 | Won 6 | Lost 4 | No Result 1 | NRR 0.649

The run home
Jan 22 v Stars (home)
Jan 24 v Scorchers (away)
Jan 26 v Hurricanes (home)

A huge 10-wicket win over the Heat and a clutch victory over the Hurricanes in Launceston has Adelaide well-placed for a return to finals in BBL|09. One more win could be enough to seal a top-five spot given the club’s strong net run rate, but two wins from the last three games will guarantee Adelaide’s place in the major round and should see the Strikers host at least one final. Wednesday night’s clash against the top-placed Stars at Adelaide Oval could prove a tantalising finals preview.

Strikers jump to second spot with win over Hurricanes

3rd: Sydney Sixers (13 points)
Played 11 | Won 6 | Lost 4 | No Result 1 | NRR -0.029

The run home
Jan 20 v Stars (home)
Jan 23 v Heat (away)
Jan 25 v Renegades (home)

One of the mid-season title favourites, the Sixers haven’t had a win in their past three outings but are still in a strong position to sew up a top-three finish and host at least one final. The Sixers will need to win two of their last three matches to guarantee a finals spot given their surprisingly low net run rate, although one more victory might be all that’s required depending on other results. Monday’s match against the top-placed Stars at the SCG looks a blockbuster, while the Sixers’ last home and away contest against the resurgent Renegades could be a danger game.

4th: Sydney Thunder (11 points)
Played 11 | Won 5 | Lost 5 | No Result 1 | NRR -0.030

The run home
Jan 20 v Scorchers (away)
Jan 24 v Hurricanes (away)
Jan 26 v Scorchers (home)

A couple of crucial clashes coming up for the fourth-ranked Thunder against the fifth-placed Scorchers which will have huge ramifications for both teams in the run to finals. The Thunder could still finish as high as second or miss the major round altogether depending on which way results fall. Two wins from their remaining three games should be enough to seal a top-five spot given their extra ‘no result’ point in hand over the Scorchers and Heat. A trip west to Perth followed by another away game in Hobart will test the grit of the BBL|05 Champions.

 

 

5th: Perth Scorchers (10 points)
Played 11 | Won 5 | Lost 6 | NRR -0.104

The run home
Jan 20 v Thunder (home)
Jan 24 v Strikers (home)
Jan 26 v Thunder (away)

As above, the Scorchers will have their sights firmly set on downing the fourth-placed Thunder – particularly in Monday’s home game in Perth – to help secure their finals place. The three-time Champions could still finish as high as second or miss out on finals action altogether depending on other results. Two home games in a row will aid their cause as the Scorchers look to turnaround consecutive defeats to the top-placed Stars and get back on the winners’ list.

6th: Brisbane Heat (10 points)
Played 11 | Won 5 | Lost 6 | NRR -0.464

The run home
Jan 23 v Sixers (home)
Jan 25 v Stars (away)
Jan 27 v Renegades (away)

The Jekyll and Hyde club in the competition this season, the Heat are the toughest team to read in BBL|09. They’ve put in some of the most devastating performances in BBL|09 with their star-studded list but have also fallen away drastically in other matches, exemplified by a huge collapse to the Renegades on Sunday evening. It’s a tough run home too, with clashes against top-three teams the Sixers and Stars followed by a return match with the ‘Gades away from home of which they’ll likely need wins in all three to secure a finals berth.

 

 

7th: Hobart Hurricanes (7 points)
Played 11 | Won 3 | Lost 7 | No Result 1 | NRR -0.849

The run home
Jan 21 v Renegades (away)
Jan 24 v Thunder (home)
Jan 26 v Strikers (away)

Hobart will need to win all three of its remaining home games for a genuine shot a finals. An extra point in the bank from their ‘no result’ may work in their favour in jumping the Scorchers and Heat, but the ‘Canes also need to lift their net run rate drastically with their figures of -0.849 currently the worst in the League.

8th: Melbourne Renegades (4 points)
Played 11 | Won 2 | Lost 9 | No Result 0 | NRR -0.397

The run home
Jan 21 v Hurricanes (home)
Jan 25 v Sixers (away)
Jan 27 v Heat (home)

The old ‘mathematical’ chance of sneaking into fifth-placed still exists, but it would take a minor miracle and realistically the Renegades’ title defence is already over. A late-season resurgence is at least something for ‘Gades fans to savour after they hit back against the Heat on Sunday night in incredible fashion. Two wins from their last three games could at least lift them off the bottom of the ladder to avoid the club’s first BBL wooden spoon.