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The run home: Game 14

25 January 2020

The Strikers secured a top-three finish with a win over Perth

A closer look at the finals possibiities leading into Adelaide's last game of the home and away season.

1st: Melbourne Stars (20 points)
Played 13 | Won 10 | Lost 3 | NRR 0.874

The run home
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. The Stars have now dropped their past two matches but have a chance to build momentum for finals against the Heat at home on Saturday. The club is still awaiting news on breakout pace ace Haris Rauf’s availability following his call-up to the international stage for Pakistan.

2nd: Adelaide Strikers (17 points)
Played 13 | Won 8 | Lost 4 | No Result 1 | NRR 0.654

The run home
Jan 26 v Hurricanes (home)

Adelaide secured a top-three finish with a 16-run win over the Perth Scorchers on Friday night. The race continues to rage on for a top-two spot and the valuable double chance between the Strikers and the Sixers, with second place to confront the Stars in ‘The Qualifier’ on January 31 - of which the winner will advance straight to the tournament final. A victory on Australia Day at home against Hobart will see the Strikers secure second place regardless given Adelaide’s superior net run rate.

3rd: Sydney Sixers (17 points)
Played 13 | Won 8 | Lost 4 | No Result 1 | NRR -0.234

The run home
Jan 25 v Renegades (home)

Now locked into the top three, the Sixers need to win on Saturday against the Renegades to continue the fight for second spot and a double chance in finals. A loss, or if the Strikers win their last match on Australia Day, and the Sixers will finish third on the table and host ‘The Knockout’ on Saturday, 1 February, meaning they’ll need two more wins to reach the tournament decider.

4th: Perth Scorchers (12 points)
Played 13 | Won 6 | Lost 7 | NRR -0.005

The run home
Jan 26 v Thunder (away)

A loss at home on Friday night against Adelaide leaves the Scorchers facing an a mini-elimination final against the Thunder on Australia Day. A win guarantees them fourth spot and a home final in ‘The Eliminator’ on Thursday, 30 January while a loss leaves them extremely vulnerable to falling out of the top five to be replaced by the Thunder and one of the Hurricanes or Heat.



5th: Hobart Hurricanes (11 points)
Played 13 | Won 5 | Lost 7 | No Result 1 | NRR -0.43

The run home
Jan 26 v Strikers (away)

A big win over the Thunder and favourable results elsewhere gives Hobart a shot at sneaking into finals. The ‘Canes could even jump to fourth and host ‘The Eliminator’ if they can down the Strikers on Australia Day and Perth falls in its last home and away match. A loss against Adelaide on Sunday would leave Hobart hoping the Thunder and Heat don’t win another game as the ‘Canes cling to fifth place.

6th: Sydney Thunder (11 points)
Played 13 | Won 5 | Lost 7 | No Result 0 | NRR -0.495

The run home
Jan 26 v Scorchers (home)

Three losses from the past four games and now the Thunder are in serious danger of missing finals altogether. They’ll have to hit back against the Scorchers on their home patch on Sunday at a minimum, then also hope the Hurricanes and Heat, who still have two matches to play, don’t usurp them and lock the Thunder out of the top five regardless.

Alex Carey's incredible catch in Perth

7th: Brisbane Heat (10 points)
Played 12 | Won 5 | Lost 7 | NRR -0.582

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

A heavy loss to the Sixers on Thursday but favourable results elsewhere keeps the Heat in the finals hunt. They’ll face the top-ranked Stars followed by the bottom-placed Renegades with two victories enough to vault them from seventh spot up into the five. One win may even do the job for fifth spot if the Thunder fall to the Scorchers and the Hurricanes are defeated by the Strikers in their last match.

8th: Melbourne Renegades (4 points)
Played 12 | Won 2 | Lost 10 | NRR -0.382

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

Officially out of finals contention and will join the Sydney Thunder (BBL|05 – BBL|06) as the only clubs to claim a Big Bash title followed by a wooden spoon.