SuperCoach BBL: Final Bible
THEcurse of top position on the ladder has continued, with the Melbourne Stars knocking the Hobart Hurricanes out of the competition on their home ground in the first semi-final.
For once it wasn't the spinners who did the damage but instead speedster Dan Worrall, who was able to perfectly execute his plans and capture four wickets on his way to 136 SuperCoach points for the game.
After the Renegades and Sixers' absolutely thrilling encounter at Marvel Stadium in the second semi-final, it is going to be an absolute thrilling finale to BBL|08 with a Melbourne Derby where the two sides are without a Big Bash championship to their name.
With the same pitch to be used on Sunday as on Friday night, it would appear that it is strong and true and favours spinners over quicks, but mostly is a perfect batting wicket.
With an array of power hitting available for both the Renegades and the Stars, it could be a very high scoring SuperCoach game indeed.
TOP SCORERS OF ROUND 13
- Dan Worrall - BWL - 136 points vs Hurricanes
- Qais Ahmed - BWL - 96 points vs Stars
- Josh Phillippe - WKP / BAT - 92 points vs Renegades
- Glenn Maxwell - BAT / BWL - 89 points vs Hurricanes
- Daniel Hughes - BAT / BWL - 80 points vs Renegades
Given his performances over the past two games, it would be a very brave player who left Glenn Maxwell (Stars | BAT / BWL | $207,100) out of their starting line-up in the BBL|08 final.
If only there were a SuperCoach points allocation for leadership, as he has been in complete control of his own and the Stars' game, first in securing their spot in the finals and then in knocking off the Hurricanes at home. Averaging 131.7 over the last three rounds, he's a must.
Whether or not Dan Worrall (Stars | BWL | $102,700) warrants a spot in your side for the final is another matter. He's on the up and up - 20 points in round 12, 68 in round 13 and then a whopping 136 in the semi-final - but the surface won't be as conducive to his pace at Marvel Stadium. He and Kane Richardson (Renegades | BWL | $225,000) would be risky but potentially rewarding selections on Sunday.
Dan Christian (Renegades, BAT | BWL | $194,900) might have been the match-winner, but top SuperCoach honours for the winning side on Friday night went to Cameron Boyce (Renegades | BWL | $200,400). At one stage it looked like Sam Harper (Stars | WKP / BAT | $104,200) was ready to take over, and he looms as an obvious swap option for those who had Matthew Wade for the semi-finals.
The Stars' Nic Maddinson (Stars | BAT | $74,900) looked set to tee off against the Hurricanes, but again he deceived - 31 points was 10 above his yearly average, but 10 down on his three-game average.
Teammate Ben Dunk (Stars | BAT | $79,900) has endured a second horror BBL season, and it would be a brave SuperCoach player who selected him as one of their six batsmen for the dinal. With a score of zero SuperCoach points in round 9 against the Renegades at Marvel Stadium, where he was bowled by the now absent Mohammad Nabi for a golden duck, he might be one to avoid.
The Renegades are harder to judge as it was a relatively even performance - there was no singular standout and their top four SuperCoach scorers were split by only 12 points, and further down the order the sixth to eighth-ranked performers were split by only eight points.
Given that the same pitch is being used on Sunday, any of Richardson, Ben Dwarshuis or the Stars' Worrall could be a risky selection seeing as it appeared to not favour the quicks.
Richardson has had no trouble performing on the Marvel Stadium pitch previously, so if you are looking for a left-field option - and you've decided to back him in as one of your six bowlers - then he may be a sneaky point-of-difference captaincy selection.
But would it be boring if we simply nominated Marcus Stoinis (Stars | BAT / BWL| $294,300) once again? He's clearly one of the form players in the competition, and with just the one game remaining why wouldn't you put the armband on him? His skipper, Glenn Maxwell, might be another choice ... if only there were bonus points for on-field leadership.