The third and final leg of todays cricket bonanza sees the Melbourne Stars play the Brisbane Heat on the Gold Coast.
The Heat have come roaring back into finals contention after a poor start to the competition. I mentioned the other night that the addition of Joe Denly might be what the Heat needed to sure up their batting order and that proved to be the case. He made a crucial 50 in their win over the Thunder. Chris Lynn made a surprise return from his hamstring injury and looked in ominous form – he made 30. The Heat used Lynn as the x factor and it will be interesting to see if they continue to do so as he is clearly not back to 100% yet.
The Stars ended their three match losing streak with a win over the Hobart Hurricanes in Hobart. Batting first the Stars made 183 with Marcus Stoinis making a spectacular return to form with 97 not out. When Dawid Malan was LBW to Adam Zampa in the 13th over, the Hurricanes still needed 95 runs to win and the game looked over. However as is often the case, the Stars went onto concede multiple 10 + overs and if it had not of been for some brilliance in the outfield from Andre Fletcher the Stars would likely of lost. He took two spectacular catches.
This game will be played at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast. Therefore the Heat will need to adjust to a slower wicket but the discrepancy in price seems much too big given the Stars problems with the ball. I am expecting the market to trend towards the Heat in the lead up to this one and am backing them to win for a small outlay.