The Late Cut: BBL $20k+ Thunder vs Sixers

BBL06 kicks off with a sold-out Sydney Smash. Last season’s premiers, the Sydney Thunder, take on their cross town rivals, the Sydney Sixers, in what promises to be an exciting encounter. There are a few notable absentees from the Thunder’s squad for this season, none more important than the retirement of Mike Hussey, whereas the Sixers have added a couple of handy players with Jason Roy and Joe Mennie joining the squad. Draftstars will be running a $20,000 contest for this big match with a huge $4,000 to the winner.




Here is a team you may consider for the BBL Thunder vs Sixers $20k game:


Brad Haddin ($14,000)

Veteran keeper Brad Haddin was one of the better performed Sixers in what was a disappointing BBL05 for the franchise. Haddin was the second leading run scorer, averaging 33.3 at a strike rate of over 150. The former Australian gloveman is the obvious choice in the wicketkeeper position.


Eoin Morgan ($15,000)

Eoin Morgan has been brought in for the first half of BBL06 before he rejoins the England ODI team in India. Morgan adds much needed experience to the lineup with Hussey and Kallis no longer in the squad and Shane Watson missing through injury. The classy left hander will look to anchor the depleted Thunder batting lineup and should be able to cash in. Morgan is also a brilliant fielder, so look for him to bob up with a catch or a run out.

Kurtis Patterson ($11,750)

Emerging star Patterson will be using the nationally televised Big Bash to show why he was nearly selected in the test side. He is one of the players who will benefit most from changes to the Thunder squad, which will most likely see him bat at 3 or 4. He has had a strong start to the Sheffield Shield season so hopefully he can continue his solid form in the Big Bash.


Pat Cummins ($10,500)

The extremely talented, yet constantly injured Cummins starts BBL06 (touch wood) injury free and looking to cement his place in the Australian limited overs sides. Cummins is a serious wicket taking threat who will be bowling at the start and end of the innings, where the majority of wickets fall in T20 cricket. Cummins is also a strong hitter who could add late runs if he gets the chance.

Doug Bollinger ($12,100)

Doug the Rug saddles up for yet another summer of Big Bash. The wily veteran, now rug-less, will look to improve on his 7 wickets from BBL05. Bollinger has had a decent start to the Sheffield Shield, taking 9 wickets. He will be bowling at the death which is where bowlers can rack up big scores.

All Rounder

Andre Russell ($28,250)

“Dre Russ” is possibly the best T20 cricketer in the world. He can hit the ball as hard and as long as anyone and can bowl 140km/h with remarkable accuracy. Although he has not had the best lead up to the tournament due to his run in with WADA, he has been allowed to play for at least the first couple of games. Look for him to make a statement and own this fixture. He is a must pick.


Jordan Silk ($8,000)

Another emerging batsmen, Silk is one to watch in BBL06. The former Bradman Young Cricketer of Year will most likely find himself promoted up the order replacing Ed Cowan, this means that at his current salary of $8,000 he is definitely good value.

The Line Up

WK: Brad Haddin ($14,000)

BAT: Eoin Morgan ($15,000)

BAT: Kurtis Patterson ($11,750)

BWL: Pat Cummins ($10,500)

BWL: Doug Bollinger ($12,100)

AR: Andre Russell ($28,250)

FLEX: Jordan Silk ($8,000)

Salary Remaining: $400

Draftstars is also running a promotion which will give 50c to all eligible entrants for every six hit in the match, regardless of if you have picked them or not. Enter your team and cheer every time someone Clears the Fence.




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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