Round 4 was marred by injuries and niggles from star names including Andre Russell, Samuel Badree, Chris Lynn and Kevin Pietersen. Nevertheless, some big scores were produced especially from my number 1 option Chris Lynn who went ballistic at the WACA smashing 98 runs off 49 balls which included 11 sixes despite being under an injury cloud. His captain Brendon McCullum was also terrific in both games making his way to a score of 116 for the double.
And if you thought Round 4 was exciting with Lynnsanity’s and McCullum’s double then you’ll love Round 5. Let’s look at the fixture.
As pictured the Renegades and Hurricanes have the double this round and they have some great Fantasy players which no doubt will result in some massive scores this round. The downside however is the byes for the Heat and Scorchers who both have big name fantasy players such as Mitch Marsh, Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum.
Firstly, though since two teams have the double and aren’t playing each other the first game of the round we have the chance to (VC) a Hurricanes player and have a second chance if the Hurricanes player falters and move the (C) to a Renegades player. Here is an example below of how to perform a VC loophole:
1. Put the ‘VC’ on a Hurricanes player such as Tim Paine.
2. Ensure you have a non-playing Scorchers or Heat player such as Mitch Marsh or Chris Lynn on the field and place the ‘C’ on them
3. If your ‘VC’ performs well you won’t have to do anything because you will now receive double points since the Scorchers/Heat player isn’t competing this round.
4. But if your ‘VC’ had a bad game then you can move your ‘C’ onto a Renegades player such as Aaron Finch.
Now onto my Top 5 Captains for Round Five.
1. Aaron Finch – The Renegades captain is in terrific form in BBL|06 averaging 88.67 points a game. This round he comes up against the Stars in the reverse fixture of the Melbourne Derby and the in-form Sixers bowling attack. The Stars game takes place at Etihad Stadium where he has a terrific record and a batting average of 54.64 at the venue. On top of that he averages an incredible 63.50 against the Stars, therefore he should be set to fire against what I believe is a weak Stars bowling attack. His record against the Sixers is not as impressive (3 innings for 58 runs) but he has only played them 3 times in his BBL career and we all know how damaging Finch is when he is in the rich vein of form he is currently in. Lock him in as your captain if your (VC) doesn’t score enough for your liking.
2. Tim Paine – Paine has built upon a strong BBL|05 where he scored 239 runs at 34.14 from 8 games to 204 runs at 51 from 4 games this season while improving his strike rate. He faces the Strikers and Thunder this week both who he enjoys a good record against (Average of 32.75 against the Strikers and 25.67 against the Thunder). He plays at his home ground of Blundstone Arena (771 runs at 38.55) against a weak Thunder bowling attack which should aid his score greatly but his Adelaide Oval record is very poor (Average of 19) and the Strikers have quite a strong bowling unit. But given his form this BBL I expect Paine to perform incredibly well this double game round. He is the best (VC) loophole option I believe.
3. Sunil Narine – The Renegades star import shocked the Stars and BBL community in the Melbourne Derby when he walked out to open alongside Aaron Finch and hit 21 runs off 13 balls to immediately put the Stars on the back foot in the Derby. Don’t expect that to happen again however as the Stars will be prepared for it but instead look forward to the potential of Narine bowling on the spin friendly pitches at Etihad and the SCG. He already bowls at a miserly economy rate and takes wickets as a result of the pressure so expect a big score from the West Indian star.
4. Dan Christian – Christian starred with the ball in his return to the bowling crease snaring a match winning 5 wicket-haul against the Strikers. He faces them once again this round in the reverse fixture at Adelaide Oval as well as the weak Thunder batting line-up. Of course, his bowling won’t produce as much again but merely the fact he’s fit to bowl again increases his scoring potential exponentially given his explosiveness with the bat in the middle order. He also comes at a very affordable price so it is well worth grabbing him for the Hurricanes double.
5. Brad Hogg – The 45-year-old continues to fight off father time and has proved sceptical Renegades fans (including me) wrong with his performances in BBL|06. He has formed a terrific spin partnership with Sunil Narine which has strengthened the Renegades bowling attack which is still waiting for the returns of Peter Siddle and James Pattinson. He is playing at two spin friendly pitches this round which will bode well for the experienced veteran.
This wraps up Clayto’s Captain’s for Round Five but I would also like to mention George Bailey, Cameron White and D’Arcy Short who all just missed the cut narrowly and are all viable POD captaincy options for the round.