Perth Scorchers and defending champions Adelaide Strikers clash in a wooden spoon decider when they meet at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
The Scorchers won a low-scoring affair between the sides on Boxing Day, but there has been few highlights. The Strikers are 5-8 for the season but would end up bottom if beaten by the Scorchers, who are 4-9 heading into the final game.
Head to Head
Perth Scorchers lead the head to head record between the two sides at 8-5 after winning the earlier meeting this season. The Scorchers have also won the last four meetings. At the Adelaide Oval, it is two wins each.
The home side has won four of the last five H2H matches.
Scorchers have won the last four matches against the Strikers.
The overall record reads 8-5 in favour of the Scorchers.
Defending champions the Strikers have never lived up to their potential in BBL08 and come into this game having lost five of their last six matches and facing up to the prospect of going from top to bottom in 12 months.
The absence of Travis Head for most part of the season has been a challenge with only Rashid Khan (17 wickets) regularly impressing in this Strikers side.
The Scorchers are no different and have lost four of their last five matches coming into this. The most successful Big Bash franchise has struggled throughout BBL08 and will not play in the finals for the first time.
Ashton Turner (378 runs) has been the shining beacon of their season, while Andrew Tye has taken 16 wickets this season but his economy rate has been unusually high.
This game may not have the big attraction of a playoff place, but the chance to avoid the wooden spoon is good enough for both the sides to compete hard. Back the Scorchers to claim the win.
Prediction: Scorchers to win ($2.06 MadBookie)