BBL Round Recap – R5

It was the perfect situation for fantasy – the side with the double week had two wins and their players scored really well.

We’re now in that awkward period between New Years and Australia Day but thankfully there’s BBL on the TV every night to take our minds off returning to work and ‘back to school’ sales.

Round 5 Winners

Ben Stokes (97) crash-landed thankfully for the Renegades and spoilt the Hurricanes’ recent good form. His 77 runs meant that there would be no derby-embarrassment repeat.

Another Englishman Michael Lumb (92) finally spanked a few out of the middle* as he charged to 80. In the closest match of the tournament, it wasn’t enough for his Sixers, going down in a Super Over thanks to Jimmy Faulkner (37) heroics. Too bad the Super Over doesn’t count towards fantasy, or Faulks would’ve scored lot higher.

A record five Scorchers hit triple figures thanks to playing twice this round, against Adelaide and then Brisbane. Any of Adam Voges (121), Michael Carberry (120), Jason Behrendorff (116), Brad Hogg (120) or Andrew Tye (115) would’ve made excellent captaincy choices.

 

Who to Grab

Round 6 sees a Hobart double and an Adelaide bye.

Money permitting, it lends itself to a direct Tim LudemanBen Dunk or LudemanTim Paine trade. Both Hurricanes’ openers have been in solid form, and having one of them for this round is a must.
Edit: Tim Paine has been ruled out of Hobart’s clash with the Thunder.

Ben Hilfenhaus was dropped earlier in the series, but he’s been the Hurricanes’ main destroyer with a four wicket haul and a three wicket bag. He’s cheap too – making him very gettable.

The other Hurricane I’d look into getting is their lovable captain, Gorgeous George Bailey. He’s not cheap, but he’s been batting well and took three catches in the last match. He should be right for both games this round, assuming the Aussie ODI squad don’t assemble too quickly.

 

Tactics

As mentioned, it’s a Strikers’ bye this round. However, it mightn’t be wise to offload all Adelaide players too quickly, as they have a double round next, in Round 7. The Heat also have a bye then, but I wouldn’t be going anywhere near Heat players at the minute, with the exception of maybe live-television advocate Chris Lynn.

 

Captains

Declan has you covered in this department as usual. Dunk or Kallis for me.

 

*It’s about time Lumb validated his position as the batsman in this segment’s header photo.

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