The Big Bash League provides plenty of opportunities to find some value in a variety of markets, provided you go into the tournament with the appropriate strategies. The Cricket Trader details some steps to follow when looking to unearth a wager on one of the world’s biggest T20 tournaments.
Build Legacies On Bowlers
Assessing the relative strengths of the bowlers within each side is very important because there is no doubt that it’s bowlers, more so than batsmen, that win T20 matches.
Defending champions Perth Scorchers are the most successful team in the history of the BBL, reaching the final in five of the six seasons and never finishing lower than third. The Scorchers have built their legacy on the back of a highly-skilled and specialised bowling attack. That’s evidenced by the fact that five of the top 15 wicket-takers in the history of the BBL have played for Perth, whereas they’ve only had two of the top 15 run-scorers.
Moreover, when Perth won last season’s trophy, only two of their top-order batsmen boasted a strike-rate higher than 130. However, they had six bowlers who averaged better than 25 with a strike-rate under 20.
Side With The Stronger Bowling Line-Up
It should come as no surprise then that the Scorchers had three of the top ten wicket-takers in last year’s competition, whilst having only one of the top-ten run-scorers. Similarly 2015/16 champions Sydney Thunder stormed to the title off the back of having the two highest wicket-takers in the tournament. Additionally, three sides have won the BBL scoring at a run rate of less than eight an over, however, only one side has ever won the trophy when conceding more than eight runs an over in the field. So if you spot a couple of teams that look similarly unbalanced, it is always shrewd to assign more credence to the side that has the stronger bowling attack.
Leading Wicket Takers – 2016-17
The four finalists from 2016-17 were the Scorchers, Sixers, Heat and Stars. They dominate the list below, and not just because of the extra game or two they played.
Sean Abbott collected an incredible 20 wickets and was supported by Ben Dwarshuis (13) at the Sixers. While the team that beat them in the final, Perth, got 34 wickets out of three bowlers at less than 8 an over. Mitchell Johnson was exceptional and a key reason that the Scorchers continued their incomparable success.
BBL 2016/17 BOWLING STATISTICS
|SA Abbott (Sydney Sixers)||37||20||16.15||8.72||11.1|
|MT Steketee (Brisbane Heat)||35||15||17.66||7.57||14|
|SM Boland (Melbourne Stars)||34.1||14||20.42||8.37||14.6|
|MG Johnson (Perth Scorchers)||34||13||15.46||5.91||15.6|
|SP Narine (Melbourne Renegades)||32||13||19.23||7.81||14.7|
|BJ Dwarshuis (Sydney Sixers)||36||13||23.69||8.55||16.6|
|BW Hilfenhaus (Melbourne Stars)||31||12||20.75||8.03||15.5|
|MJ Swepson (Brisbane Heat)||34||12||21.25||7.5||17|
|JA Richardson (Perth Scorchers)||26||11||20.18||8.53||14.1|
|AJ Tye (Perth Scorchers)||38.2||10||27.4||7.14||23|
Leading Wicket Takers – 2015-16
When the Thunder won their first Big Bash competition, in 2016, they got 51 wickets out of four bowlers. Clint McKay and Andre Russell were the competition standouts, supported by Shane Watson and a young Chris Green.
Meanwhile, runners-up Melbourne Stars, had six bowlers feature in the top 30 wicket takers.
The Scorchers and Strikers, who also made the finals, dominate the list as well.
BBL 2015/16 BOWLING STATISTICS
|Adelaide Strikers||A Rashid||34.4||16||6.51||14.12||13|
|Adelaide Strikers||B Laughlin||30||12||8.06||20.16||15|
|Adelaide Strikers||M Neser||23.3||7||8.17||27.42||20.1|
|Adelaide Strikers||T Head||13||6||9.07||19.66||13|
|Brisbane Heat||S Badree||32||9||6.37||22.66||21.3|
|Hobart Hurricanes||C Boyce||29||11||8.37||22.09||15.8|
|Hobart Hurricanes||S Tait||31||10||7.96||24.7||18.6|
|Hobart Hurricanes||J Reed||10||6||9.6||16||10|
|Hobart Hurricanes||S Rainbird||20||6||7.85||26.16||20|
|Melbourne Renegades||N Rimmington||27||7||8.33||32.14||23.1|
|Melbourne Renegades||X Doherty||25||6||8.84||36.83||25|
|Melbourne Stars||A Zampa||38||12||7.07||22.41||19|
|Melbourne Stars||B Hilfenhaus||25||10||8.32||20.8||15|
|Melbourne Stars||M Stoinis||15||9||6.53||10.88||10|
|Melbourne Stars||J Hastings||20||8||8.5||21.25||15|
|Melbourne Stars||D Worrall||15.3||7||7.87||17.42||13.2|
|Melbourne Stars||S Boland||15||6||8.33||20.83||15|
|Melbourne Stars||M Beer||32||6||6.37||34||32|
|Perth Scorchers||A Tye||33.1||13||7.05||18||15.3|
|Perth Scorchers||J Behrendorff||28||10||7||19.6||16.8|
|Perth Scorchers||D Willey||35||10||7.28||25.5||21|
|Perth Scorchers||GB Hogg||34||6||7.02||39.83||34|
|Sydney Sixers||S Abbott||21.3||11||10||19.54||11.7|
|Sydney Sixers||N Lyon||15.5||7||7.01||15.85||13.5|
|Sydney Sixers||D Bollinger||26.4||7||8.21||31.28||22.8|
|Sydney Thunder||C McKay||33.5||18||8.09||15.22||11.2|
|Sydney Thunder||A Russell||39||16||7.74||18.87||14.6|
|Sydney Thunder||S Watson||28.2||9||8.15||25.66||18.8|
|Sydney Thunder||C Green||19||8||7.57||18||14.2|
|Sydney Thunder||F Ahmed||30||6||8.2||41||30|
Strike bowlers and bowling depth is the key to Big Bash success. Make that a priority when assessing match odds and futures markets.