Welcome to the Sleeper Report for Round 6, and what a round it was! Cricket fans around the country were treated to one of the most exciting games in BBL history last night, with the Melbourne Renegades setting the highest ever BBL total of 222 only to have it chased down by the Hobart Hurricanes. The historic win keeps the ‘Cane Train rolling for BBL|06, but also revealed some potential Sleepers as we reach the pointy end of the season:
Tom COOPER [BAT] $56,600
Batting at four last night, Cooper exploded in the latter stages of the Renegades’ innings, blasting his way to an unbeaten 53 (and at a strike rate of 220 if you don’t mind!). Known for his big hitting, the Dutch international has been a mainstay in the Renegades middle order over the past few years but is really hitting his straps this season. Throw in the fact that Cooper has opened the bowling in a lot of the matches this year with his reliable off-spin and he shapes to be a real Fantasy smokey. Averaging 54.2 and owned in just 6.3% of sides currently, Cooper could see a surge in ownership after his Round 6 performance and warrant a place in your side.
Ben MCDERMOTT [WKP] $48,400
It was only a matter of time before a wicketkeeper found their way onto the Sleeper Report. And who better to kick things off than the BBL’s newest centurion. Ben McDermott, take a bow. After getting bogged down at the start of his innings by some good bowling, the son of a gun (literally) took it upon himself to single-handedly dismantle the Renegades’ bowling attack. His knock of 114 off 52 balls (SR: 219) included eight fours and nine sixes – one of the most damaging displays of power-hitting we have ever seen in the BBL. Granted, the young man has only played two games this season, but has looked in tremendous touch in both his digs. Brought in to the side to replace the legendary Kumar Sangakkara may be a daunting task, but McDermott has fit the bill outstandingly. While you will see most BBL Fantasy sides with the likes of Dunk, Paine or Haddin at wicketkeeper, McDermott could be the point-of-difference to carry you through the final few rounds of BBL Fantasy.