Trial match round-up

One of the best things you can do for Fantasy Big Bash is to pay close attention to the trial matches in the lead-up to the season proper. They give a great indication of best XI’s as well as batting orders. Some teams give out more to the public than others but there’s plenty of useful information in the match reports below.

 

ADELAIDE STRIKERS

The Strikers played two trials on the same day but not much has been released about either of them. Scores we’ve been told about from the first match are Ludeman (37 from 32), Ten Doeschate (37* from 24), Hodge  (4 from 2, batting at 4) and Zampa (23*). All we know about the 2nd match is Pollard hit six sixes in an over on his way to 48 (27). Craig Simmons also scored 36 (27). Both Ludeman and Head were used in the openers role so we’re no closer to knowing who will get the nod in that battle.

 

BRISBANE HEAT

The Heat were good enough to Tweet out a batting order for their trial and some notable performances. Keep in mind they were without best XI players Burns, Flintoff, Vettori and Cutting. If a player has no stats by their name, you can safely assume they had a quiet game.

 

Christian – 46 (21)

Peirson – 31 (23)

Lynn – 27 (18)

Milenko – 37 (17)

Reardon

Hopes – 1/12

Floros – 3/29

Gannon – 39 (16) & 2/22

Duffield – 1/7

Steketee

McDermott

 

HOBART HURRICANES

The Hurricanes played an internal trial and split their squad into two evenly matched teams. They released a batting order but precious few stats.

Dunk, Webster (41), Michael (2/7), Birt (32), Willis, Mennie (2/32), Hilfenhaus, Doherty, Rainbird, Lees

Paine (27), Hill (29), Bailey, Wells, Gulbis, Sammy (21), Willoughby, Van der Gugten, Reed, Bell

Hales and Boyce were the two key players missing. One thing you could probably draw from this is Bailey will bat at 3 and Birt/Wells at 4/5.

 

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

The Renegades played their best available team in their trial vs Victorian Premier Cricket All Stars.

 

Finch – 93 (60) and 0/2 from 1

Wade – 5 (4)

Ferguson – 2 (4)

Rohrer – 17 (19)

Nevill – 26 (23)

Doolan – 7* (9)

Beaton – 1* (1)

Short – 0/2 from 1

Rimmington – 0/20 from 3

O’Brien – 1/31 from 4

Ahmed – 2/22 from 4

Fekete – 1/19 from 3

Winter – 0/29 from 4

 

Five players will go out of that team of 13 with Russell, Cooper and Bravo to come in (possibly Siddle as well). The most important thing to take out of this is the order of the top four. Wade and Ferguson are set to get more opportunities in BBL04.

 

MELBOURNE STARS

The Stars played two trials. The first was internal and didn’t provide much insight into the batting order. White (0), Wright (40 from 25), Pietersen (15 from 14), Hussey (38 from 31), Triffitt (0) batted for Team A while Team B had Quiney (19 from 20), Maxwell (23 from 8) and Keath (0). With the ball, Beer took 3/16 and White had 3/29, while McKay and Rose each took a wicket but their full stats weren’t published.

More telling was their trial vs Victorian Premier Cricket All-Stars where they fielded a full-strength XI.

 

White – 1 (9) and 0/14 from 2

Wright – 62 (37)

Pietersen  – 45 (28) and 0/14 from 1

Maxwell – 20 (17) and 1/14 from 2

Hussey – 41* (14)

Faulkner – 37* (12) and 0/26 from 3

Triffitt – 3* (4)

Hastings – 0/26 from 4

Bird – 1/28 from 4

Beer – 0/18 from 3

Worrall – 0/13 from 1

 

All 11 players were named in the Stars’ squad for Thursday night’s opening game, along with bowlers Scott Boland and Clive Rose. Worrall could perhaps be vulnerable given his underwhelming performance in the trial.

 

PERTH SCORCHERS

Perth played an All-Stars XI comprised mostly of old legends. Arafat did not play and Voges missed due to a minor injury but other than that they were at full strength.

 

Carberry – 28 (17)

Klinger – 18 (16)

Whiteman – 22 (18)

Turner – 75 (38) and 1/14 from 2

Cartwright – 4 (9) and 0/9 from 2

Harris – 23* (21)

Tye – 1* (1) and 1/17 from 3

Behrendorff – 1/15 from 3

Hogg – 2/19 from 4

Muirhead – 0/35 from 4

Dixon – 0/17 from 2

 

SYDNEY SIXERS

The Sixers played two trial matches but didn’t release enough information for us to learn anything of great significance. Jordan Silk (scores of 72 and 30) has probably earned himself a game and youngster Ben Dwarshuis’ performance (3/28) might just be enough to get him a debut given the Sixers’ depleted bowling stocks.

 

SYDNEY THUNDER

The Thunder played an internal trial. The team below most closely resembled the best XI, however Cummins, Nannes and Hauritz were on the opposition, obviously to provide bowling quality for the batsmen.

 

Khawaja – 6 (10)

McDonald – 17 (24)

Blizzard – 69 (52)

Hussey – 10 (11)

Hartley – 2 (6)

Beadle – 6 *(14)

Lalor – 3* (4)

Green

Tremain

Sandhu

11 (Academy Player)

 

Keep in mind Jacques Kallis and Eoin Morgan will come into that side (and almost certainly the top 4). Based on this match, don’t expect Hartley to open the batting in round 1.

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