BBL: Three Centurions as Philippe Leads the Run Scoring Charts 

Josh Philippe playing for the Sixers in the BBL
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Betting Expert, James Pacheco

Last updated on 16th December 2021

Published: 16/12/2021

Categories: Cricket, News

The Big Bash has already witnessed three centuries being scored, which is already one more than for the whole of the 2020-21 season.

So which three players have got to three figures and how has that affected the BBL top batsman betting?

New Zealand’s Colin Munro who plays for the Scorchers, Mitch Marsh also of the Scorchers and Glenn Maxwell of the Stars all got to double figures within the space of five days.

Here’s how they did it.

Munro strikes it beautifully against the Strikers

On Saturday, Kiwi opener Munro hit six sixes and eight fours as part of a 73-ball 114. His strike rate was 156,  a little higher than his career strike rate of 141.

He remained unbeaten on 114 as the Scorchers posted 195/1, 49 runs too many for the poor Strikers, where even the great Rashid Khan went wicketless, conceding 40 runs off his 40 overs.

T20 centuries are nothing new for Munro. This was his fifth in domestic T20 cricket and he’s also hit three in 65 games at international level.

But that big century has been his only score of note for the season, only making 3 and 0 from his two other knocks.

As an opening batsman, around for the whole tournament and playing for a side virtually guaranteed to make the Play-offs, 15.0 with Betway looks a decent price to end as the season’s top runscorer.

Marsh gets to 100 in first BBL game of the season

In the next game after Munro’s century, he got 0 off two balls against the Hurricanes.

Coming in when he got out at number three was Mitch Marsh. The man-of-the-match in the recent T20 World Cup final proceeded to smash exactly 100 off 60 balls, including five sixes and six fours. It was his second century in the format.

What was even more remarkable was that it was his first BBL game of the season after missing the first two on Australia A duty.

The Scorchers defended their 182-5 easily and his side are going well, with three wins from three games. They’re now the 3.6 favourites with Betway.

He’s the same price as Munro for BBL top batsman (15.0) and a slightly bigger 3.0 to Munro’s 2.37 for top Scorchers batsman.

Prices with Betway.

The ‘Big Show’ Maxwell puts on a big show

The man who finished the job in the World Cup final alongside Marsh was Glenn Maxwell, who scored 28 off 18.

And it was Maxwell who struck the third BBL century of the season.

Batting at number four for the Stars, the side he leads, Maxwell scored 103 off 57 balls. He ‘only’ hit three sixes in that knock but he did also hit 12 fours, as the Stars posted 177/5.

It’s not often that a team with a centurion in it loses a T20 game, but that’s what happened.

The Sixers chased the Stars’ total with two balls to spare, mostly thanks to a brilliant 99 not out from Josh Philippe (more on him in a second), with Moises Henriques (29) and Jordan Silk (25) also playing important supporting innings.

As for Maxwell, it was his fourth domestic T20 century, to go with three in T20Is.

The Stars’ campaign has been a bit of the stop-start nature but with important players coming back from injury and the short-term presence of Andre Russell, you wouldn’t want to rule them out just yet.

And neither are the bookies, who make the Stars 5.0 third-favourites. Betway again.

Two scores of 90-odd to go with the centurions

Yes, there have been three centuries scored so far, which is already one more than was scored last season, where only Alex Carey and Alex Hales managed to get to three figures.

But two players have also had scores in the 90s. They are: Josh Philippe (99) and Matthew Wade (93).

Philippe got to that 99 in that game against the Stars but in truth, he century was never really on.

It would have been very hard for Philippe to get to 100 when they were ‘only’ chasing 178 and in fact, he only got to 99 because he hit the winning runs of the game for six.

As for Wade,  he certainly did have enough balls to get to his century but ended up well-caught by Jordan Silk of the Sixers on 93, denying him what would have been his second T20 hundred.

But that knock was extremely important in the context of the match, even though skipper Wade didn’t get his century.

It ensured the Hurricanes’ only win of the season from three games so they’ll need plenty more from Wade.

Philippe favourite for BBL Top Batsman

The Sixers Josh Philippe has 259 runs so far, 55 more than Sixers’ team-mate.

It’s been some effort from the keeper-batsman who so far has scores of 83, 5, 72 and 99 this season already, testament to his incredible consistency in this tournament.

It should come as no surprise.

He got a load of runs two seasons ago and was Player of the Tournament last year, despite being pipped to BBL top scorer honours by Alex Hales of the Thunder and his own team–mate James Vince.

Last season, Vince hit two scores in the nineties in the semi and final (both against the Scorchers) to overtake Philippe.

It’s 3.75 that Philippe finishes top of the pile for the first time in his career while Maxwell (8.0), Henriques (10.0), Wade (13.0) and Alex Ross (15.0) are in the hunt, as well.

But there’s still a long way to go.

We’re not even a quarter of the way into the Group Stages matches and then of course, we’ve got the Playoffs after that.

So it may not be the worst idea to take big prices about tried and trusted prolific run scorers like Alex Hales (15.0), Colin Munro (15.0) or even Marcus Stoinis (21.0). All prices with Betway.

A century in any given match can really turn the whole run scorer chats on their head and as we’ve seen, centuries have been easier to come by this year.

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