Since the BBL Final between the Renegades and Stars begins later today, I thought it would be a great time to unveil SCHQ’s BBL|08 Team of the Tournament.
To be considered, players had to have played a minimum of six games and obviously performed well in BBL Supercoach.
With that being said, here’s the Team of the Tournament.
The highest SuperCoach scorer of BBL|08 is a lock at the top of the order. Short only scored less than 58 points on two occasions, in what was a very consistent season for the Hurricanes all-rounder. He started the season at a hefty price, but proved to be worth every cent.
Joining Short at the top of the order, is fellow Hurricanes opener Matty Wade. The Hurricanes skipper was undoubtedly the best keeper in BBL Fantasy, scoring 381 points more than the #2 ranked keeper Alex Carey (583 points). Wade also proved to be one of the best value picks of the season, with a measly starting price of $106,900.
The Stoin was a must-have at the back-end of BBL|08, as he went on a scoring rampage which included monstrous totals of 199, 376 (in the R10 DGW) and 194 (in the R13 DGW). Incredibly, he averaged more than 100 points per match and became the first and only player to surpass 300K in price. Stonis is easily the biggest lock in this side alongside Short.
Maxwell was consistent without being great this season. He regularly scored in the 60-80 point range but only pushed on to get the ton twice (once during the R13 double). However, if you remove the R1 rain-affected game, The Big Show averaged a solid 70 SC points per game, which ranks him in the top 10 on average points. With that in mind, Maxi slots into the side at number 4 and will captain the side ahead of Matty Wade.
The T20 veteran was as consistent as ever in BBL|08, averaging a solid 64.9 points per game. DC had a low score of only 35 this season, making him a player coaches could rely on for a score every round. Christian also had a great ceiling, shown by scores of 121 and 158 against the Scorchers in rounds one and ten. Bringing in DC was a shrewd move by the Gades, and he is a welcome addition to this team.
Cutting had one of his best campaigns to date, largely thanks to an increased role with bat and ball. Although traces of his inconsistency remained (40 in R6 DGW and 27 in R12), his massive ceiling more than made up for it, highlighted by scores of 180 and 173 in rounds 1 and 13 respectively. Coaches who took the gamble on him again would have been very pleased with his performances this season. Due to his consistency, Cutting just edges out Daniel Sams.
English pace bowler Tommy Curran has arguably been one of the best imports in BBL|08. After a slow start in R1 (scoring only 10), Curran didn’t look back and proceeded to churn out monster scores of 203, 154 and 131. He finished with 20 wickets for the tournament at an economy rate of 7.65, which is great considering he bowled at the death. On top of that, Curran is a near certainty for DPP next season, after scoring 185 runs with the willow. Another worthy addition to the team.
The Afghani spin-wizard was once again at his brilliant best, despite a family tragedy. Khan averaged a terrific 70.6 points this season, which included four scores over 100. His only real bad score of the season came in round nine when he only managed 7 points, but that was against the most in-form batting combination in the competition (Wade and Short). Considering he was in the top 5 for total points and average points at the end of the season (from at least 5 games); Rash thoroughly deserves his spot here.
Although he’s quite expensive with the ball, Abbott sure knows how to take wickets and it has made him a relevant SuperCoach option every year. BBL|08 was no exception for the Sixers quick, who took a total of 22 wickets for the season, while averaging almost 68 points per game. Abbott’s ability to take wickets made him a consistent option for owners each week, illustrated by a low score of only 38. As a result, Abbott becomes the second Sixers bowler to earn a spot in the team.
SOK has never been a consistent wicket-taker in BBL cricket, but he managed to change that in BBL|08. The left-arm spinner picked up a total of 21 wickets for the tournament and went at an economy of only 6.57. This helped O’Keefe become a reliable contributor for coaches, with twelve scores over 50. SOK’s left-arm orthodox proved to be a vital cog in the stellar Sixers bowling unit and will add nice variety to this side.
Richardson has been a key contributor to the Renegades finals run, leading the competition in wickets with a total of 22 scalps (could increase after the BBL Final). He’s also been a must-have in BBL Supercoach, averaging a superb 78.8 points a game, and leading all pure bowlers in total and average points for the season. Like most others in this team, Richo was incredibly reliable and only recorded three scores below 68; which is astonishing for a bowler. A must-have in the team of the tournament.
Lalor may be seen as a left-field choice for 12th man but once you take a look at his stats, it’s hard to say he doesn’t deserve a spot. Despite playing only eleven games, the Heat quick took a total of 20 wickets and churned out three tons (183, 105 and 102). Lalor also had only two scores below 42 and was surprisingly consistent throughout the tournament. And if that doesn’t convince you, Lalor was also the only player to claim a hat-trick and five wicket-haul this season. In my books, that earns him a spot as 12th man.
Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone who tuned into our content throughout the BBL season and wish you all good luck for the BBL Grand Final. Remember to stay glued to SCHQ in the lead up to the AFL season as our #40in40 continues.