Melbourne Stars vs. Hobart Hurricanes – Big Bash League, Wednesday, January 19, 2022
The Hobart Hurricanes booked their place in the Big Bash finals with a win over the Melbourne Renegades on Tuesday. Unfortunately for the Melbourne Stars, that result means they can no longer finish in the top five.
It’s been another disappointing season for the Stars, who are guaranteed to finish sixth on the BBL ladder. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes find themselves fifth. They will finish fourth if they beat Team Green on Wednesday.
Read on to discover my prediction and pick for Melbourne Stars vs. Hobart Hurricanes.
Melbourne Stars vs. Hobart Hurricanes Betting Odds
The Hurricanes head into Wednesday’s showdown as the bookmakers’ favorites, leaving the Stars as underdogs. In all honesty, it is difficult to argue with the bookies’ viewpoint.
Although the Stars trail the Canes by just five points in the standings, Hobart has been far more consistent this season. That is why the Tasmanians find themselves in the finals.
That said, Team Green is more than capable of beating Hobart. If David Hussey’s men are at their best on Wednesday, the Hurricanes could upset the Big Bash odds.
Can the Stars Finish Their Campaign on a Positive Note?
For the first time ever, the Stars would have been hoping for a Renegades win on Tuesday. However, their cross-city rivals failed to beat Hobart – meaning Team Green can no longer qualify for the finals.
They only have themselves to blame, though. Having lost seven of their 13 matches this season, the Stars don’t exactly deserve a place in the finals.
Despite picking up six wins across the campaign, Hussey’s men have managed to register back-to-back victories on just one occasion. That tells you everything you need to do about the team’s inconsistency.
Last time out, they secured a dominant eight-wicket victory over Brisbane. After limiting the Queenslanders to 6-149, the Stars reached their target inside 14 overs – losing just two wickets in the process.
Jose Clarke stole the show once again on Sunday, smashing 62 runs off 36 balls. The Englishman has racked up five 50s in his past eight appearances, rising to fourth on the Golden Bat leaderboard as a result.
If key players such as Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis can match Clarke’s efforts, the Stars will give the Hurricanes a run for their money on Wednesday.
Will Hobart Head Into the Finals on a High?
The Hurricanes posted a total of 5-182 on Tuesday, with Matthew Wade (48) and Tim David (46*) getting their side off to a strong start. Despite the best efforts of Aaron Finch (75) and Shaun Marsh (51), the Renegades fell six runs short of their target.
Adam Griffith’s men have now won three of their last four outings and head into Wednesday’s clash on a two-match winning streak. With the finals on the horizon, they are peaking at just the right time.
Tom Rogers, Riley Meredith, and Sandeep Lamichhane have collected 46 wickets between them this season. Although the bowlers have impressed, there is no denying that Ben McDermott has been the star of the show for the Canes.
- Ben McDermott (Hobart Hurricanes) – 516 runs
- Jonathan Wells (Adelaide Strikers) – 409 runs
- Josh Philippe (Sydney Sixers) – 406 runs
As you can see, McDermott sits more than 100 runs clear of Adelaide’s Jonathan Wells atop the Golden Bat leaderboard. He has amassed 516 runs across 11 innings, picking up two centuries along the way.
Every successful team has a world-class batter at the top of the order. D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade have shown glimpses of class this season, but McDermott is in a league of his own right now.
Although the Hurricanes have won three of their last four matches, they have lost three of their previous six. That record will give the Stars confidence ahead of Wednesday’s clash.
Melbourne Stars vs. Hobart Hurricanes Prediction
To tell you the truth, this matchup could go either way. Yes, the Hurricanes have qualified for the finals at the expense of the Stars. But Team Green has more than enough firepower to beat Hobart.
With Clarke in the form of his life, the Stars are pretty much guaranteed to score runs on Wednesday. Alongside Maxwell and Stoinis, guys like Hilton Cartwright and Beau Webster have the potential to post big knocks.
I expect the Canes to push the Stars all the way, but I can see Hussey’s men coming out on top. The Stars have nothing to lose, meaning they can play with complete freedom and attack Hobart.
My Melbourne Stars vs. Hobart Hurricanes Pick
Melbourne Stars to Win2.10
I’m going against the cricket betting sites and backing the Stars to finish their season on a high. Having come close to beating Hobart on Christmas Eve, I’m confident that Hussey’s side will go one better this time around.
There are three Big Bash matches to bet on this Wednesday. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my betting previews for the other clashes.