The Late Cut: BBL $7k+ Scorchers v Stars

Big Bash League - Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars

Finals are here and we start them off at the Furnace, with the Perth Scorchers taking on the Melbourne Stars. The two teams come into this match with varying form. The Scorchers belted the Hurricanes last match, whilst the Stars faded after a good start against the Sixers to lose. In the Scorchers v Stars regular season meeting, the Stars dominated the Scorchers at the Furnace, winning by seven wickets after restricting the Scorchers to 134. Draftstars will be running a $7,000 game for this match, with $1,400 going to first place.


Here is a team you may consider for the BBL $7k+ Scorchers v Stars competition:


Seb Gotch ($8,000)

After a brilliant first game for the Stars, Gotch came thudding back to earth with a disappointing score of one run against the Sixers. Gotch will be keen to bounce back and he will need to bat well if the Stars are to upset the Scorchers. Gotch comes in a number four and props up a fairly week batting lineup, who are desperately missing the likes of Handscomb, Maxwell and Faulkner who usually occupy the middle order of the Stars.


Kevin Pietersen ($17,450)

KP was at his metronomic best against the Sixers, topping 30 runs for the fifth time out of seven, finishing with 44 DS points. KP has scored at least 30 DS points in all bar one of his matches in BBL06. In his regular season match against the Scorchers, Pietersen wasn’t at his most fluent, but batted as the situation demanded, scoring 44 off 42 deliveries. Pietersen’s consistency has been remarkable across his three seasons playing Big Bash, averaging 55.6, 58.2 and 54.9 DS points over the three seasons.

Shaun Marsh ($19,500)

Marsh may have turned a corner in his last match, finally showing a glimpse of his abundant class. To put it bluntly, Marsh has sucked in BBL06. Before his last match, he only had one score over ten and was batting at a strike rate of 83. He finally repaid the faith last match, dropping to number three in the order and belting the Hurricanes for 57 runs off 34 balls. If Marsh has hit form, it will be a long evening of the Stars as he has the potential to be the dominant batsmen of the finals.


Scott Boland ($14,750)

Boland has been on fire in the back half BBL06, taking his wickets tally up to 14 for the tournament, two behind outright leader Sean Abbott. Boland has taken an impressive 12 wickets in his last five matches, including three against the Sixers in his last match. He has been a little bit expensive, conceding 8.3 runs per over, however it is his wicket taking ability you should be focusing on when picking your team.

Tim Bresnan ($13,250)

Bresnan has been fantastic after coming into the side to replace David Willey. He has taken 5 wickets in his three matches, including two in his last match against the Hurricanes. Bresnan is averaging 80 DS points, which is elite. He will be bowling to a Melbourne stars batting lineup that has proven that it has a soft underbelly after their marquee player at the top of the order have been dismissed.


Ashton Agar ($14,500)

Agar has been a model of consistency so far in BBL06, contributing with both the bat and the ball when required. Agar has scored over 40 DS points in five out of his seven matches so far, averaging a tick under 46 DS points. Agars has been mainly utilized as a bowling allrounder, batting in the lower middle order, but averaging more than three overs bowled per game. Agar provides a good opportunity to score well in a relatively thin allrounder tier, against a Stars batting lineup who have struggled against spin bowling.


Ashton Turner ($11,250)

Picking Turner in your lineup is like getting a second allrounder. Turner is not a genuine allrounder, but Scorchers’ Captain Adam Voges has looked to Turner in six of his eight matches to keep the runs down with his accurate off spinners. Whilst he is not a huge wicket taking threat, he does do a good job of restricting runs, especially in the power play overs. Turner also has the potential to be destructive with the bat. He has scored 123 runs for the tournament at a healthy strike rate of 146.

The Line Up

WK: Seb Gotch ($8,000)

BAT: Kevin Pietersen ($17,450)

BAT: Shaun Marsh ($19,500)

BWL: Scott Boland ($14,750)

BWL: Tim Bresnan ($13,250)

AR: Ashton Agar ($14,500)

FLEX: Ashton Turner ($11,250)

Salary Remaining: $1,300



**All stats are provided by Fox Sports


Per Run Scored = 1 point

Boundary Bonus: 4 = 1 point

Boundary Bonus: 6 = 2 points

Strike Rate Bonus = 1 point

For every run a player scores above the amount of balls faced: (e.g. if a player scores 40 off 26 balls, they score an additional 14 points)


Dot Ball = 1 point

Maiden Over Bonus = 15 points

Wicket = 25 points

3 or More Wicket Bonus = 10 points

Extras Penalty (wide or no-ball) = -1 point

Economy Rate Bonus (4 or less runs per over) = 25 points

Economy Rate Bonus (4.01 – 5 runs per over) = 20 points

Economy Rate Bonus (5.01 – 6 runs per over) = 15 points

Economy Rate Bonus (6.01 – 7 runs per over) = 10 points

Economy Rate Bonus (7.01 – 8 runs per over) = 5 points


Catch = 10 points

Stumping = 15 points

Run Out = 20 points


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