Big-hitters can make presence felt in Perth semi-final
Simon Milenko and Ashton Turner top strike-rate charts
Big Bash first semi-final
BT Sport 1, 8.40am Thursday
Defending champions Perth Scorchers are 8-13 to beat Hobart Hurricanes at their new Optus Stadium home and reach a sixth Big Bash League final in seven years.
The Scorchers, who claimed the first of their three crowns against the Tasmanian team in 2014, beat the 6-4 Hurricanes by five wickets across town at the Waca in game 34 and they are poised to welcome back brothers Mitchell and Shaun Marsh.
Perth are missing ace shortest-format paceman Andrew Tye and leg-spinner Ashton Agar because of their T20 tri-series call-ups for Australia but the absence of D'Arcy Short, for the same reason, from the visitors' top order appears a much bigger hole to fill. Short has smacked 504 runs in the tournament.
The best-value bets look to be Ashton Turner and Simon Milenko to top score for their teams at 8-1 and 16-1.
Cameron Bancroft is purring for Perth at present but Turner has tonked three fifties in ten knocks, while Milenko walloped 66 not out of 37 balls for the Hurricanes in the regular-season Waca meeting. Milenko tops the tournament's strike-rate listings with 176.79 and Turner is second with 165.56.
A Turner top Perth Scorchers runscorer
1pt 8-1 Betfair, Paddy Power
S Milenko top Hobart Hurricanes runscorer
1pt 16-1 Coral, Ladbrokes
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