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Saturday Big Bash League preview: Melbourne derby in the spotlight

There are two more matches taking place in Big Bash 2022/23 on Saturday, with Adelaide Strikers taking on Brisbane Heat before the much-anticipated clash between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars.

Adelaide begin the weekend in third place after winning five and losing five of their 10 matches to date, while Brisbane are at the foot of the table with just two victories to date.

Melbourne Renegades are fourth in the Big Bash standings, three places and four points clear of city rivals Melbourne Stars.

Strikers keen to bounce back

WhatAdelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat
WhereAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
When15:30, Saturday 14th January
How to watchFox Sports & Kayo
OddsAdelaide Strikers 8/13, Brisbane Heat 13/10

The Adelaide Strikers will be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering a nine-wicket defeat to Melbourne Stars in their last game. 

They had been in superb form with the bat before being dismissed for a desperately disappointing 108 runs by the Stars, having scored more than 200 runs in each of their previous two games.

They had defeated the Melbourne Renegades by 20 runs at Adelaide Oval after scoring 202-4 in their 20 overs off the back of reaching 230 runs as they beat Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets.

Chris Lynn, 7/2 to be Top Team Batter on Saturday, starred for the Strikers against the Renegades, hitting a quick-fire 69 from just 37 deliveries.

Lynn is the most prolific six hitter in the competition’s history and he hit three more against the Renegades after Matt Short had scored 38 runs from 22 balls and Ryan Gibson 24 from 18.

Adam Hose hit 33 runs from 26 deliveries and Colin de Grandhomme 32 off 16 before Wes Agar took two wickets for 26 runs when the Renegades replied. Agar is 10/3 to be Top Team Bowler against Brisbane.

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Adelaide will be keen to win on Saturday as it will be Lynn’s final game in the tournament.

Captain Travis Head and wicketkeeper Alex Carey are set to return to the side after being named in the 14-player squad to take on Brisbane.

De Grandhomme has also returned to the squad after missing the defeat to the Stars with a hamstring strain. Harry Nielsen and Ryan Gibson are omitted from the squad.

Brisbane Heat lost by eight wickets to Perth Scorchers on Wednesday, their sixth defeat of the season.

English batsman Sam Hain could make his debut for the Heat on Saturday after being included in the squad for the first time. The 27-year-old is set to tour Sri Lanka with the English Lions for their One Day International 'A' series next month.

Hain, who stars for Warwickshire in England, has played 107 first-class matches, 59 one-day games and 97 T20 matches.

Stars seek derby glory

WhatMelbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars
WhereDocklands Stadium, Melbourne
When19:30, Saturday 14th January
How to watchFox Sports & Kayo
OddsMelbourne Renegades 8/11, Melbourne Stars 11/10

Melbourne Stars head into their match with the Renegades in good heart following their impressive nine-wicket victory over Adelaide.

It was the Stars’ best performance of the season with Liam Hatcher taking 2-18. Hatcher is 10/3 to be his Team’s Top Bowler in the derby clash.

Nathan Coulter took 3-17 with captain Adam Zampa also taking two wickets to restrict the Strikers to a low total.

Tom O'Donnell comes into the side as an injury replacement player for Marcus Stoinis who is recovering from a hamstring strain.

The Renegades were beaten by the Strikers in their last match and will need to be at their best if they are to get the better of a revitalised Stars team.

Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has been added to the squad in place of Marcus Harris and is in line to play his first game for the Renegades since January 2015.

With the bat, Aaron Finch is the leading runscorer for the Renegades in 2022/23 with 244. Sam Harper has 179, while, for the Stars, Joe Clarke is one of only two players to hit a BBL12 century. Tom Rogers made his maiden BBL half-century in the win over the Strikers.

Rogers is 9/2 to be his Team’s Top Batsman against the Renegades while Clarke is available at 10/3.

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