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Saturday Big Bash League preview: Hobart Hurricanes to boost play-off hopes

There are two more matches taking place in Big Bash 2022/23 on Saturday, beginning with the clash at the Marvel Stadium between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes.

As we just passed the midway point of the regular season, it is still all to play for with just four points the gap between rock-bottom Melbourne Stars and fifth-place Renegades, who hold the final play-off spot.

Hobart are one place and two points behind Saturday's hosts and they have already secured a victory over Nic Maddinson's side, having triumphed by eight runs on Christmas Eve.

Hurricanes to blow Melbourne away

WhatMelbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes
WhereMarvel Stadium, Melbourne
When18:05, Saturday 7th December
How to watchFoxtel
OddsMelbourne Renegades 6/5, Hobart Hurricanes 4/6

Melbourne will be eager to make amends for that pre-Christmas defeat to Hobart but another loss could be in store for the hosts, who are now without Maddinson and Andre Russell for the remainder of the tournament.

Captain Maddinson was his side's second-top run scorer in the tournament but he ruptured his ACL in the defeat to Perth Scorchers on New Year's Day and is now ruled out of the rest of the BBL.

Russell's short-term deal has come to an end, after he was initially overlooked in the draft, and they are two big players for the Renegades that won't easily be replaced.

Melbourne failed to beat Hobart when trying to chase down 122 on Christmas Eve with both Maddison and Russell in the starting XI, so the omens are not good heading into this contest and the visitors make more appeal at 4/6 To Win the Match.

Powerful Aussie must be feared

Although Hobart have failed to string results together, one player that has looked good is Australian Tim David, who sits second in his team's runs charts with 174.

The 26-year-old has been a tough nut to crack for the bowlers, as he has been unbeaten in three of his seven innings and boasts an impressive 43.50 average.

Smashing 11 fours and nine sixes, David has the ability to explode into action and he is 5/1 to be Hobart's Top Batter.

Rogers a threat with ball in hand

Melbourne's bowling attack has been spearheaded by Tom Rogers, who has taken 15 wickets from 29 overs across eight matches and he will be eager to keep his form going.

The 28-year-old took 5-16 in the victory over the Stars last time out and he is 11/4 to be his side's Top Bowler for the second match in a row.

Brisbane to feel the Heat

WhatPerth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat
WhereOptus Stadium, Perth
When21:15, Saturday 7th December
How to watchFoxtel
OddsPerth Scorchers 4/6, Brisbane Heat 6/5

It has been a difficult Big Bash 2022/23 for Brisbane Heat, as they are languishing down in seventh position, and life may only get worse when they travel to defending champions Perth Scorchers.

The Heat have lost four, won two and had one no result from their seven matches so far, leaving them searching for form and in a battle to make the play-off phase.

As for the Scorchers, they are enjoying a solid title defence with five victories and two defeats recorded to date and a record-extending fifth Big Bash trophy looks like a possibility this season.

Perth were dealt three big blows before the tournament with Phil Salt, Tymal Mills and Mitchell Marsh all ruled out for the entire campaign, but they have taken those absences in their stride and other members of the squad have really stepped up.

One of those to have impressed is wicket-keeper Josh Inglis, who is his side's top scorer with 240 runs and averages an impressive 40.00 from seven innings.

With a strike-rate of 151.89, the 27-year-old is not one to hang around in this format and the 10/3 available on him to be Perth's Top Batter is appealing, while the 10/1 in the Player of the Match market is worth considering.

Kiwi in fine form

While Brisbane have struggled for results, one player trying his best to arrest the slump in form is New Zealander Colin Munro, who is enjoying a fine debut season with this franchise.

The 35-year-old has bags of experience in limited-overs cricket and he has plundered no less than 233 runs from seven innings, 73 more than nearest teammate Sam Billings.

If the Heat are going to stand any chance of coming away from the Optus Stadium with a victory, Munro will likely have to score well and the 3/1 on him to be his side's Top Batter is hard to ignore.

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