Our prediction is Auckland Aces will Win the Match!
Welcome to the preview of Auckland vs Central Districts! These teams will meet again in the pre-finals of the tournament after securing second and third places in the table. Both the teams look to have a winning edge over the other team.
Auckland Aces are high on confidence after beating first placed Northern Knights lsat match by chasing the target of 196 runs. Skipper Craig Cachopa led from the front with a high score of 60 runs. Robert O donnell and Colin Munro made telling contributions last match. They will miss Colin Munro this match owing to his national duties. They have one of well settled bowling attack with Mathew Quinn and Mitchell McCleanaghan opening the bowling and followed by Grobbelaar. Ronnie Hira and William Somerwille form the Spin duo and are highly effective.
Last year`s runners up Central Districts has performed well and are currently placed third in the points table. They won their last match against Wellington by 11 runs on the back of Dean Foxcraft`s fifty and George Worker`s 44. Skipper Tom Bruce and Will Young are also in scintillating form with the bat and amongst the leading run scorers.
Bowlers rose to the occasion last match after giving away 230 runs in their match against Northern Knights. Blair Tickner and Ajaz Patel bowled superbly and combined figures of 8-0-52-5 in the middle orders. They squeezed the run flow to choke the opposition batsmen.
Dean Foxcroft – Foxcroft has returned to form in the crucial juncture of the league with two fifties in the last three matches. He scores runs at a healthy strike rate of around 125.
Mathew Quinn – Quinn has been excellent both at the start and the death and has taken wickets regularly. His economy rate of 6.7 RPO is a great indicator of pressure he created to the batsmen.
Missing player: Colin Munro
Stats from the league:
Craig Cachopa – 202 runs at strike rate 154 (HS-73, 50s-2)
Mitchell McCleanaghan - 14 wickets at an economy of 8.5 rpo (BB- 3/233/23)
Daniel Bell-Drummond, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips(w), Craig Cachopa(c), Robert ODonnell, Greame Beghin, Donovan Grobbelaar, Ronnie Hira, William Somerville, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matthew Quinn Graeme Beghin will replace Colin Munro in the playing XI. No other changes will be made.
Key Players: – After silent start to the tournament, the skipper has scores of 73 and 60 in his last two innings. His form strengths the middle order to a great extent.
Ben Wheeler – After a good start, Wheeler is having a bad time with bowling figures of 0/44, 0/39 & 1/42. He would like to regain his form and get wickets before the knockout stages.
Stats from the league:
Tom Bruce – 293 runs at strike rate 161 (HS -88*, 50s-2)
Blair Tickner – 15 wickets at an economy of 8.1 rpo (BB – 3/15)
George Worker, Will Young, Dean Foxcroft, Tom Bruce(C), Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, Ben Wheeler, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Seth Rance, Bayley Wiggins (Wk) No changes are expected in the playing XI.
The Auckland pitch is a paradise for the batsmen with huge runs scored usually. Average score in this ground is 180 runs. The pitch will remain during the entire duration of the match.
Auckland is a ground where no score is safe and chasing teams usually end up as the victories side. Teams batting first will find it hard to determine a par score. So chasing is the safe and best option here.