After a cracking BBL|05 final between the Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars the BBL season has wrapped up with the Thunder chasing down 176 to become the BBL|05 champions along with giving Mike Hussey’s final game in Australia a fairytale ending. It came down to the last over after Kevin Pietersen lead the way with 74 off 39 for the Stars but it wasn’t enough as a controversial knock by Usman Khawaja ultimately won the game for the Thunder. This also means it’s the end of this season’s BBL Fantasy and all of us at SCHQ firstly would like to congratulate Thanh who won the competition with his ‘FLYING HORSES’ overall score of 7,660. Secondly we would like to thank everyone who participated in the competition this year and everyone who won their grand finals, achieved personal bests, got better rankings than the previous year and round top scorers. If you didn’t do well this year don’t give up and try again next year because anything can happen with your fortunes in Fantasy sport. Finally I’d also like to thank our new writers Josh and Pinidu your contributions have been awesome and I’d like to thank all the readers for making this a record best BBL Fantasy in terms of new readers and how much you guys supported our articles.
Now onto SCHQ’s BBL Fantasy Team of the Competition. The team was picked based on every players overall score at the end of the season so it was fair on all players and so players who were in the finals didn’t get an advantage. Surprisingly no Stars or Sixers players managed to get into the team but some of their players like Kevin Pietersen and Michael Lumb just missed the cut.
THE UNLUCKY ONES
Plenty of players were unlucky to miss out on making squad and despite it being an amazing squad which would probably do incredible at BBL level it is missing specialist batsmen say someone like KP and it is probably too all-rounder heavy some may say.
- Kevin Pietersen as of tonight has scored a total of 435 points at an average of 48.33. He only missed out on the squad by a couple points to Andrew Tye but looking at it I’d rather have Tye in over KP because it adds a specialist bowler to the mix and would mess up the top order. If I was to add him to this squad I would probably replace Dan Christian though.
- Luke Wright missed out by a couple of points as well but he has been very inconsistent this tournament with only 2-3 big scores and has been very hit or miss. But since he counts as an all-rounder who doesn’t bowl I would much rather a specialist batsman over him or a true all-rounder.
- Aaron Finch from only 5 games scored a whopping 361 at an average of 72.20. If he played a few more games he would have been in this squad for sure but ODI duty came calling which stopped him from making the squad.
- Michael Lumb was one of the few Sixers who performed consistently this tournament and from his 8 games he ended up with 361 at an average of 45.13. Despite a horror start to the season for him with that sitter he dropped he bounced back but it wasn’t enough for him to be the sole Sixer in the squad.
C & VC CHOICES
The C & VC were given to the two highest scoring players from the season. The Vice Travis Head from his 9 games scored 575 points at an average of 63.89. The captaincy was given to Andre Russell as he scored 741 points from 10 games at an average of 74.10 which is amazing! Russell was incredibly consistent all tournament and had only one score below 40. Not only that but Dre Russ also scored the highest round score of 182 in the first round of the competition
Do you agree with the choices in this side? Do you agree that it should be chosen on total points or do you think it should be chosen on average? Which selections shocked you? Who would you have instead? Let me know in the comments, on Facebook and on Twitter @DeclanClayton, @SuperCoach_HQ and @BBLfantasy