Author Archives: James Pacheco

Big Bash Winner: Stars can go all the way

David M is back tomorrow, so today a little cricket action from James Pacheco and I have included a racing selection also…

What does everyone need to do?

We’re reaching the business end of the Big Bash and with no matches till Thursday, I’m turning my attentions to the winner market.

The Hobart Hurricanes, the most impressive team are in the semis and very likely to top the group stages and have a home semi-final. The Sydney Sixers are also through, as are the Melbourne Renegades. Those two could still top the group but it’s unlikely with the Hurricanes needing just one win from their last two matches. And that’s assuming that both the Renegades or the Stars win and improve their net run rates. First from the Group Stages plays fourth with the former at home and second plays third with the Group Stage runner-up playing on home territory.

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Cricket Tips: Pakistan the clear value

I’ll be the first one to admit that I was getting a little bit worried after a barren spell in terms of winners caused by some tricky matches at the ever-volatile Big Bash.

So I was pretty chuffed when West Indies delivered at 5.5 by winning the First Test as tipped up here. Not just because they won and not just because it was at a big price but also because the thinking was very much right. The theory I mentioned was that whoever won the toss and batted first would already have a huge advantage before a ball was bowled and that at the prices, the Windies were too big at 5.5. All they needed was for the toss to go their way. Thankfully it did.Continue Reading

Cricket Tips: New Zealand and Windies can defy the odds

The Big Bash has proved a tough nut to crack over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, given it’s arguably the most unpredictable, volatile and fickle format of the game, that’s going to happen sometimes.

Well, that’s the bad news out of the way. The good news is that away from the Big Bash there are two international matches going on, so let’s focus on those.


New Zealand v India 1st ODI (starts 02:00)

New Zealand

You could be forgiven for thinking India are a sure thing here. They’re fresh from beating Australia 2-1 in Australia and are the second favourites to win the World Cup this year so there really must be something about them.Continue Reading

Big Bash: Very hard to see why the Strikers are outsiders


Good record at picking match winners 

The last two matches didn’t go our way but there’s good news ahead of his one.  The two recommended bets placed on the match winner market- admittedly on the same team, the Adelaide Strikers – both won. So we’re 100% in terms of picking match winners.

No Adelaide Strikers in action tomorrow on which to hang our hat on again but there are good reasons to think that the bookies have got the favourite and outsider the wrong way round when the Sixers host the Renegades tomorrow. Betfair has the Sixers at 2.08 and the Renegades at 1.91 and that surely can’t be right.

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