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How seven BBL teams can still play finals

  • How seven BBL teams can still play finals

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Mark Steketee of the Brisbane Heat celebrates after taking the wicket of Kevin Pietersen of the Stars during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Brisbane Heat at Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 17, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

THE LADDER IMPLICATIONS OF THE FINAL ROUND OF THE BIG BASH LEAGUE

BRISBANE HEAT (1st) - 10 points, net run-rate: 0.589

Highest possible finish: 1st

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Lowest possible finish: 3rd

The competition's front-runners are now assured of a finals finish courtesy of Tuesday night's victory over the Stars. A win against the Renegades on Friday will wrap up top spot plus a home final. But they may have to rely on keeping their superior net run-rate if they lose, if they want to play at the Gabba again this season.

MELBOURNE STARS (2nd) - eight points, NRR: 0.547

Highest possible finish: 1st

Lowest possible finish: 6th

Threw away a golden opportunity to wrap up a home semi-final by losing against the Heat on Tuesday night and are now a remote chance of missing the finals. Will be safe with a win against the Sixers on Saturday, or if they are to lose and the Renegades and Thunder are both beaten. Otherwise it will come down to net run-rate, where they would still have reason to be confident unless they are thumped in their final game.

PERTH SCORCHERS (3rd) - eight points, NRR: 0.331

Highest possible finish: 1st

Lowest possible finish: 6th

Should feel relatively comfortable about their position in the finals, thanks to a superior net run-rate on the Renegades, Thunder and Hurricanes. It would take a heavy loss to Hobart to change that - however the Scorchers will be far more interested in winning well enough to secure a home semi-final.

SYDNEY SIXERS (4th) - eight points, NRR: -1.062

Highest possible finish: 1st

Lowest possible finish: 6th

Saturday's flogging at the hands of the Thunder serves as a perfect example of how a net run-rate can be destroyed so quickly. This Saturday's clash with the table-topping Stars will now be a must-win if the Renegades, Thunder or Hurricanes taste success in the matches beforehand due to the Sydney side's poor run-rates.

MELBOURNE RENEGADES (5th) - six points, NRR: 0.041

Highest possible finish: 3rd

Lowest possible finish: 8th

The Renegades losses have traditionally been tight ones, and it means a win over the Heat on Friday would likely be enough to secure them a finals spot if the Sixers stumble against the Stars. Alternatively, they could also find their way into the finals if they win big and the Stars or Scorchers are beaten badly enough to overturn their net run-rate advantage. The Renegades will also have a keen eye on the Thunder's final-round clash with Adelaide on Wednesday, hoping the former don't win big enough to go above them on run rates.

SYDNEY THUNDER (6th) - six points, NRR: -0.097

Highest possible finish: 3rd

Lowest possible finish: 8th

A win for the once-struggling defending champions could be enough to make the finals if results fall in their favour above them. The Thunder will need to make easy work of the last-placed Adelaide at home on Wednesday night before hoping the Heat beat the Renegades and Stars defeat the Sixers, while the Scorchers defeating the Hurricanes would also alleviate some nerves. Alternatively, the draw dictates that the team finishing fourth will do so on eight points, and the Thunder will need a massive win to ensure their net run-rate is the best of those in the likely logjam.

HOBART HURRICANES (7th) - six points, NRR: -0.179

Highest possible finish: 3rd

Lowest possible finish: 8th

Need something of a miracle, not the least of which snagging an upset home win over Perth on Saturday afternoon. Assuming they can't overturn the massive net run-rate disadvantage on the Stars or Scorchers, Hobart will need Brisbane, Adelaide and the Stars to win in the coming week, along with their own victory, to make the finals.

ADELAIDE STRIKERS (8th) - four points, NRR: -0.178

Highest possible finish: 3rd

Lowest possible finish: 8th

The only team with nothing to play for this week when they take on the Thunder. The Strikers have won just two games, with a number of their big guns from last season failing to fire in 2016/17.

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