OUR highly successful BBL07 betting campaign finished on a high when the Adelaide Strikers, a mid-tournament all-in markets play, defeated the Hobart Hurricanes emphatically in Sunday’s final.
Adelaide impressed us throughout the tournament, with their balanced and skilled bowling attack leading for seven wins from ten round matches plus semi and final victories.
While much of the focus centred around Afghani spin wizard Rashid Khan and to a lesser extent beanpole quick Billy Stanlake, it was veteran seamer Peter Siddle who went largely under the radar. That is, until the final.
In Sunday’s decider, Siddle took 3/17 from four overs, ensuring his tournament ended with an economy rate under six runs per over. He was one of just four bowlers to send down 20 or more overs and record an economy rate under six, with the leader of the pack being Rashid.
Adelaide’s superb bowling attack was supplemented by equally brilliant individual performances with the bat. Standout individual returns so often single handedly win T20 fixtures on their own – see Hobart, who won just five regular season matches, all in which record-breaking opener D’Arcy Short top scored including two 90s and a hundred.
For Adelaide it was often Alex Carey, or in the semi final captain Travis Head, who made hay with the willow. But in the final opener Jake Weatherald stepped up, backing up consecutive fifties with a brilliant 115 from 70 balls as the Strikers made 202.
That Adelaide had so many in-form game-breakers in their squad made them an exciting betting proposition at $4.50 mid tournament – and together with table-toppers Perth, who were similarly stacked with specialist bowlers and powerful hitters, confirmed the blueprint from which we will base our upcoming IPL previews, analysis and betting content.
We’ll have a healthy bank behind us to invest in the tournament too, after finishing the BBL with a 19.30 unit profit at 25.72% POT, including futures bets. Almost 20% bank growth (on suggested 100 unit starting bank) is a healthy return for six weeks work.
We bet directly into 40 of the 43 matches throughout the tournament, plus our live ticket on Adelaide heading into the decider. Most bets were in high volume markets such as the match result, giving punters a solid chance of getting set each night.
Thanks to all who followed along and stay tuned for an IPL preview in late March before the tournament kicks off in April.
FINAL RESULTS (inc futures):
75.05 units outlay, 94.35 units return, 19.30 units profit, 25.72% POT