Thunder v Hurricanes & Strikers v Scorchers betting previews, TV channel & tips
Ben McDermott can pose a threat at the crease for Hobart
Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes
BT Sport 2, 7.15am Saturday
Hobart Hurricanes have been a cut above in the Big Bash this season but, with a home semi-final assured, they are outsiders for victory against Sydney Thunder in Canberra.
Brisbane Heat's ten-wicket romp against Melbourne Stars on Friday kept alive the Thunder's slim chances of making the playoffs and they have Australia internationals Usman Khawaja, Pat Cummins and Kurtis Patterson available for this game.
Openers D'Arcy Short and Matthew Wade have been outstanding for Hobart this season but the leaders may shuffle their batting order to give opportunities to some other batsmen before the semi-finals.
Ben McDermott has rarely disappointed when called upon, scoring 39 not out, 18, 41, 16, 27 not out and 50 in his last five innings, and he could be a touch of value in the top-runscorer betting.
B McDermott top Hurricanes runscorer
1pt 11-2 bet365, Sky Bet
Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers
BT Sport 2, 4am Saturday
While six teams remain in the hunt for the Big Bash title, the other two sides, Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers, meet at the end of their disappointing campaigns on Saturday.
The sides have won just nine of their combined 26 matches this term and the Strikers are slight favourites to condemn the Scorchers to the wooden spoon.
Perth have won three of the last five editions of the Bash but never got going this season despite the best efforts of Ashton Turner, who has scored 378 runs in 13 innings.
Turner's Bash form has earned him an Australia call-up and, after a lean run of scores, he hit 69 off 43 balls in the win over Melbourne Stars last time out.
A Turner top Scorchers runscorer
1pt 4-1 Sky Bet
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