SuperCoach BBL will be back for the BBL|09 season
Marcus Stoinis and Ben Dunk of the Stars were key players...but only the former was a superstar for his SuperCoach BBL owners - can he top the rankings again?Source:AAP
Following on from the incredibly successful return of SuperCoach BBL last season, the game you know and love will soon be back for another season.
It’s sure to be another big year ahead — will from the Hurricanes be the main man when it comes to squad selection, with the all-rounder not just the highest scoring player in SuperCoach BBL last season but also the most-selected player?
D'Arcy Short of the Hurricanes was a star for SuperCoach BBL|08 — can he do the business for his owners again in BBL|09?Source:Getty Images
Or will one of the big name South African imports be the big name players that every SuperCoach player needs in their squad?
Everything is a bit different in BBL|09, with a new finals system set to shake things up, meaning that the schedule analysis will be an absolutely vital read in the coming days.
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But fear not! We will have a heap of content published across the course of the pre-season leading into the first game of the BBL|09 season, when the tournament begins with the clash between the Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Thunder on December 17.
A host of players have come and gone ahead of the BBL|09 season, with the big name thus far being the announcement that South African legend will be joining the Brisbane Heat.
Rashid Khan will get more opportunities to celebrate taking the wicket of AB Devilliers — pictured here doing so in the IPL — when they take each other on again in the Big Bash LeagueSource:AFP
His countryman, , will be a part of the set-up with the Melbourne Stars, while yet another Springbok in Chris Morris will suit up with the Sydney Thunder.
A heap of local players have moved, with the likes of switching from his home town Perth Scorchers to the reigning champions Melbourne Renegades, while his former teammates and will now be cross-town rivals at the Stars.
The big changes are not just on the player rosters, but with the make-up of the tournament structure when it comes to the finals series. In addition to the 56 home and away games, there will be five finals, with the decider to be played on Saturday, February 8.
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The system will allow for a double-chance for the top two teams, following yet another year where the team that finished as the minor premiers was knocked out in the semi-finals.
On only one occasion has the first placed team at the end of the regular season lifted the trophy, with six out of the eight minor premiers bundled out before the final game of the season.
Melbourne Renegades celebrated the BBL|08 season with a premiership over cross-town rivals the Stars; can they do so again?Source:News Corp Australia
BBL 09 Finals format:
The Eliminator — Thursday 30 January — 4th vs 5th
The Qualifier — Friday 31 January — 1st vs 2nd
The Knockout — Saturday 1 January — 3rd vs winner of The Eliminator
The Challenger — Thursday 6 January — Loser of the Qualifier vs winner of The Knockout
The Final — Saturday 8 January — Winner of the Qualifier vs the winner of the Challenger
Last year, the league structure was based on head-to-head match-ups across the first 13 Rounds, before semi finals in Rd 14 (with first placed in a league playing fourth, and second playing third), before the final in Round 15 featuring the winner of those two match-ups.
This raft of changes made to the structure of the BBL|09 season means that the SuperCoach BBL|09 season expands to 17 rounds this year.
For standard 14-team leagues, head-to-head competitions kick off immediately in Round 1, with everyone playing each other once up to and including Round 13.
This year we are going with a three-round finals series. When Round 14 kicks off it’ll be the first versus second to guarantee a place in the final, and third and fourth taking each other on in an elimination final.
From there, the loser of the qualifying final plays the winner of the elimination final in Round 15, before they take on the winner of the qualifier in Round 16 to close out the league season.
For the smaller six team custom leagues, everyone plays each other twice over the first ten rounds, before the 3 round finals series is conducted over the final three round robin rounds of the season in the same finals format as the 14 team league.
How the SuperCoach BBL league finals will workSource:FOX SPORTS
The big thing is that scoring remains the same.
Runs (per run scored): 1 point
For every run a player scores above the amount of balls faced: 1 point (eg: if a player scores 40 of 26 balls, they score an additional 14 points)
Bonus for every 6 hit: 2 points
Bonus for every 4 hit: 1 point
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Wicket: 25 points
Bonus for every three wickets in one match: 10 points
Maiden over bowled: 15 points
Dot ball bowled: 1 point
Extra conceded (includes wides and no balls): -1 point
Economy rate bonus:
* 4 or less RPO: 25 points
* 4.01-5 RPO: 20 points
* 5.01-6 RPO: 15 points
* 6.01-7 RPO: 10 points
* 7.01-8 RPO: 5 points
Note: Must bowl at least two overs for ER bonus
Catch: 10 points
Run out (player affecting run out): 20 points
Stumping (wicketkeeper only): 15 points
Note: Super Over stats / points are NOT included in this competition. Only stats / points accrued within the regular overs of each innings are included and attributed to the players.
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Chris Lynn of the Heat has seen his scoring fluctuate from season to season — can he return to star SuperCoach status this time around?Source:Getty Images
First prize: $25,000
Round by round prize: The top 10 each round will receive a 3-month Kayo premium subscription
Register when the game launches in the coming weeks to start selecting your squad!
All SuperCoach products are on one platform — so if you have played SuperCoach NRL, AFL, or Racing this season, then it’s your one-stop SuperCoach stop!
You can also play in the SuperCoach app — download it for iOS or for Android .
Originally published asSuperCoach BBL will be back for the BBL|09 season