BBL Final Preview

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IT’S UPON US! The BIG final is here! Eight teams, thirty-two matches and two semi-finals later, we’ve narrowed the field down to the two best franchises in the competition. These teams will battle it out for glory, bragging rights and the trophy in front of a huge crowd of 13,500 at Manuka Oval TONIGHT!

I’m guessing most people will have about 7-8 players that are the same, so it’s the few POD’s you have that will make the difference. Set yourself a goal this round, whether it’s moving fifty places up the rankings or winning your league final. Nothing too major, because it’s a little hard to jump up bulk places when you’ve got basically the same team as the next bloke, but enough to keep you interested. Since I’m currently ranked 214, my goal is to crack the top 200 and then the top 150.

Anything higher than about 1000 is a great ranking in this game, so if you get around that, pat yourself on the back. If you don’t, that’s okay – we all have shockers once in a while. You learn more from your mistakes than your victories.

RANT ALERT: Manuka Oval

The whole concept of the BBL is pretty good. The franchise system works really well, allowing young batsmen to play with and against their idols. The compressed season also makes it a lot more enjoyable, rather than playing one or two matches every week like the English tournament.

BUT (and there always is a ‘but’) I do not understand WHY they have the final at Manuka Oval. They did it right the first three seasons, having the final at the home ground of the team that was ranked highest. It provided motivation, excitement; a reward for the team that performed the best throughout the season. Having a pre-determined ground takes away from that.

There were some rumours that the hierarchy didn’t like the fact that the Scorchers kept winning, but I’m not sure how true that is. I think they just wanted a neutral ground, but it has come at the cost of a) fan happiness and b) ground size. How does it look to the people watching around the world, that our keynote competition’s final is played at a ground that has a capacity of 14,000. It’s just a little embarrassing.

Also, if they wanted a neutral ground, they’re not going to get it. There are some tickets allocated to members, but the majority of the people walking through the door are going to be the general public in the area, who will probably support the closest team to them – the Sydney Sixers. So effectively, even though we finished higher, it’s a home ground for the Sixers. It just annoys me.

Pick some POD’s.

You need to have POD’s that’ll fire if you want to move up the rankings this week. If you’re not in the running to win overall prize, you’ve really got nothing to lose. Consider throwing in a couple of these guys:

  • O’Keefe
  • Lumb
  • Voges
  • Bollinger
  • Turner
  • Hogg

Be prepared for some disappointment.

At least a quarter of your team is going to fail. The most probable fraction will be a half. When there’s just one match, that comes with the territory. Don’t worry about it. A score of over 400 is an excellent score this week.

Captains

First of all, you CANNOT use the captaincy loophole this week. Since there is only one match, you have to go the old-fashioned way and lock someone in. Not only that, but if you nail a good captain, you will probably SHOOT up the rankings. If you don’t, you probably won’t, but then again, neither will anybody else.

Like I said before, if you’re not in the running to win overall, then choose someone from left-field. Someone you would NEVER pick in round one. Go wild for once and back your gut. I’m thinking about Wessels. You’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

My top three:

  1. S. Marsh – Still looks in bloody good touch. In a round where every player could potentially be a landmine, he should guarantee some safety.
  2. Nathan Coulter-Nile – A premium option, but he’s the type of player that could be hit and miss with the bat.
  3. Michael Lumb – He’s got starts in almost every match this season, and really only carried on it two of them. I’m considering him.

Cheers guys, good luck, and well played this year. Thanks for supporting us (Nic and I) throughout the season, we’ve had a blast covering it, and hopefully you’ve gained a lot. Make sure you stay-tuned to www.cricketgalore.com as we ramp up World Cup Fantasy coverage.

8 Comments

  • the reason for it being held in canberra is because at the time of booking, they were unsure of the availability of other grounds due to the upcoming world cup.

  • “So effectively, even though we finished higher, it’s a home ground for the Sixers.” – +1

    • Just like changing the australian day game to sydney to have it washed out.

      No one cares about the rest of australia just NSW.

      Look at the one day comp

  • I’m just waiting for all the Western Warriors home shield games to have to be played in Wagga Wagga.

    Four years in a row, finalists and we’ve hosted it once.

    We win the 50 over comp and didn’t even play a game in WA?

    Can’t have a test match anymore, either.

    I think WA’s best chance of getting a decent shake at the fixturing would be to join the South African competition. They would at least be smart enough to hold a home test match on a fast bouncy WACA pitch, that would certainly suit their pace bowling attack!!!

  • It that REALLY your only rant about the BBL?

    finally a live weekday game for us QLDers!! :D
    and that shih teap known as the project is delayed

  • @Bob – That is the ‘official’ reason, but really, is the preparation of any pitch going to be seriously disrupted by one t20 game? They had the semis at the waca and Adelaide oval, how is it any different? The atmosphere didn’t look great tbh.

    @Kirk and Arthur – it’s ridiculous!! WA and SA finally doing well, but they still gear it towards places like Sydney. The fact that we couldn’t host a test match is pretty rank – I would’ve thought Perth would be higher on the list than Adelaide!

    @Sam – I still can’t believe why they couldn’t put the cricket on one like the rest of the country?

    • To be honest it is silly cricket is being geared more and more towards the Sydney. You even look at the test side Starc continues to get a run over Bird/Sayers and co