If you’ve had a bet on the Big Bash top runscorer market, then good luck with it. If you haven’t, here’s what you need to consider before getting involved as we approach the halfway mark of the tournament. So as to draw a line in the sand, we’ll only consider the batsmen currently on at least 200 runs.

 

Big Bash Top Runscorer betting analysis

 

Marcus Stoinis 281 runs- (Melbourne Stars) best price of 3.35 on the Betfair Exchange

He opens the batting for the Stars, he has a healthy strike rate of 122 and he plays for a side certain to qualify for the Play-Offs and pretty assured of a Top 2 finish which would put them just one win away from a place in the final or a second bite of the cheery if they lose that match. In other words, he’s guaranteed another two games beyond the Group Stages.

Three fifties from six knocks suggest he’s a pretty consistent performer. That’s plenty of boxes ticked but his price is consequently nothing to write home about.

Not only did he miss out on ODI selection, he was very fortunate to escape a ban after abusing Renegades’ bowler Kane Richardson.

 

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Josh Philippe 256 runs- (Sydney Sixers) 6.55 with Betway

Philippe has two scores in the 80s and only once in seven attempts did he not get to double figures. With a strike rate of 130 you can be pretty sure that even if he’s only around for five or six overs he’ll still have added plenty to his overall tally.

The one and only thing he lacks is the experience of some of his Big Bash top runscorer rivals (just 23T20s played) because he’s got everything else, including also being an opener.

Like Stoinis, he has a great chance of his side finishing Top 2 so almost certain to get two more games.

 

Callum Ferguson 248 runs- (Sydney Thunder) 7.5 with Betway

Alongside Stoinis, he’s the only candidate for Big Bash top runscorer honours already on three fifties.

Surprisingly for a player not seen as a power-hitter, he has the third highest strike rate of anyone on 200 runs or more at 141.

Perhaps more crucially, he’s looked in the best touch of anyone with those three fifties all pretty charmless.

You’d think that it would be a problem that he bats at here behind classy acts in Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales but so far either one or the other has always got out early to give Ferguson plenty of time at the crease.

The Thunder should make it to the Play-Offs so he should get a least one more game.

 

D’Arcy Short 248 runs- (Hobart Hurricanes) 13.0 with Betway

An excellent century, the first of this year’s Big Bash and his second personal one, saw Short shot up the rankings because he’d been a bit quiet before that. His strike rate of 129 for the season is down a bit on his career one but that’s not even the problem.

The problem is that he was called up to the ODI squad to face India as a replacement for Sean Abbott so will miss at least three matches, which could make all the difference.

 

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Alex Carey 234 Runs (Adelaide Strikers) 51.0 with Betway

Pound for pound right up there with he very best Big Bash batsmen. He can bat anywhere between 1 and 4, can play the big shots and nurdle it around, his strike rate f 124 is good if not explosive and he has a cool head about him so is as apt as coming in and smashing it as he is marshalling a steep run chase.

But all that is irrelevant because he’ll miss four and maybe five matches away on ODI duty so simply isn’t a contender.

 

Shaun Marsh 233 (Melbourne Renegades) 12.0 with Betway

It will be interesting to see if Marsh starts opening the batting when Aaron Finch reports for international duty. If he does, that might provide him with a chance to face a few more balls and get a couple of really big scores because he’s certainly good enough to go out and get three fifties in a row.

But with five players ahead of him and the Renegades highly unlikely to make the Play-Offs given they’re rock bottom without a win and his chances are pretty slim. At least too slim to just be a 12.0 shot.

 

Jonathan Wells 227 Runs (Adelaide Strikers) 15.0 with Betway

How’s this for consistency? His scores so far this Big Bash have been (most recent first):  40*, 26, 20, 68*, 18 and 55*. When you’ve passed 20 five times out of six and got two fifties, you’re inevitably going to start accumulating a fair few runs.

The problem isn’t difficult to identify. He was not out each time he got to 40 suggesting he didn’t have the chance to make the most out of getting himself in.

That’s because he’s not an opener. A shame but we can’t side with someone batting that low.

 

Jake Weatherald 219 runs (Adelaide Strikers) 15.0 with Betway

One of our pre-tournament selections, he has two fifties and only one single figure score suggest this is a consistent batsman who will inevitably accumulate runs.

Ticks the all-important box of being an opener and will keep his place there when Travis Head returns from Test duty with Head likely to bat at three or four as a straight swap for Carey. Also has the advantage of the Strikers almost certainly making the Play-Offs.

If you want an outsider to go with, go with Weatherald.

 

Chris Lynn 211 Runs (Brisbane Heat) 5.5 with Betway

Lynn is the joker in the pack. He any be 70 runs short of the Big Bash top runscorer but he’s also played one game less than just about everyone else and two more than the Sixers’ players, including Josh Philippe so by the time he’s played those two games in hand, he could be ahead of everyone.

With a strike rate of 163 the fact that he bats at three is almost irrelevant.  While other players might take 40 balls to get to 50, he might only need 30. His 94 against the Sixers came off an insane 35 balls and his 88 not out against the Hurricanes needed 55 balls.

It will be nip-tuck as to whether the Heat make the Play-Offs but then again, if they finish fourth or fifth and go on a run, they could potentially play an extra four games.

If there’s plenty more Lynnsanity, he may not even need them.

 

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