Auckland Aces’ hunt for first win in seventh game
Central Stags to win
Auckland Aces would be searching for their first win of the season as they take on the Central Stags at their home ground in the 21st game of Super Smash 2020-21. The Aces suffered yet another defeat at the hands of Northern Knights in the last game. The Stags have won the last three games in a row and come here after a win against the Otago Volts and look in good form.
The problem for the Auckland Aces has been the inconsistency of their key players. Despite having one of the strongest batting line-ups in the tournament the side has let itself down in most games. On the other hand the Stags have played as a well-oiled unit and it would be interesting to see if the Aces are able to break their losing spree in this game having home advantage on their side.
It has been a disastrous season so far for Robert O’Donnell’s side as they are still searching for their first win after 6 games. They have lost all hopes of making it to the elimination round and have to now play for pride in this game. The side went down against Northern Knights in the last game by 5 wickets and shall look to turn it around here with a strong batting line-up.
They have a strong opening pair in Martin Guptill and Sean Solia and these players needs to provide a good start which hasn’t happened in most games. Glenn Phillips looks in good nick at the moment but the side would need good contributions from William O’Donnell and Robert O’Donnell in the middle order. Ben Horne and Kyle Jamieson haven’t really contributed much down the order and lot would be expected of them in this game.
Their bowling attack has been wayward in most games and this is something the side will have to work on here. Jamieson and Ben Lister must strike early with the new ball. Ross ter Braak, William Somerville and Louis Delport have been expensive in most games and they will have to bowl tighter lines for the side to win this game.
Robert O’Donnell (c), Martin Guptill, Sean Solia, Glenn Phillips, William O’Donnell, Ben Horne (wk), Kyle Jamieson, William Somerville, Louis Delport, Ben Lister, Ross ter Braak
|R Ter Braak||1.5||0||20||1||10.91|
|R Ter Braak||1.5||0||20||1||10.91|
Sean Solia, Louis Delport, Benjamin Lister, Mark Chapman, Robert O'Donnell, Glenn Phillips, Ross Ter Braak, William Somerville, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Ben Horne
Tom Bruce is back leading the side and he would be enjoying his time as skipper with his side doing well at the moment. It was yet another convincing performance from the side in the last game against the Otago Volts which they ended up winning by 5 wickets. A win here would take the side to the top of the points table and this would be on Bruce’s mind.
George Worker has enjoyed a good run with the bat and he would look to provide a convincing start once again with Dane Cleaver by his side. In the middle order Ross Taylor, Bruce and Will Young look in great form and this adds strength to the batting. Doug Bracewell and Josh Clarkson are good hitters of the ball down the order and this covers all the bases in the batting department for the side.
Their bowling attack did well after struggling in the previous games. Bracewell and Blair Tickner looked good and they would be looking to exploit the weaknesses in Aces’ batting with the new ball. Ajaz Patel comes here after a good show and this would add to his confidence. With Worker and Clarkson completing the attack they have good resources here.
Tom Bruce (c), George Worker, Will Young, Dane Cleaver (wk), Ross Taylor, Josh Clarkson, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Doug Bracewell, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner
Ross Taylor, Dane Cleaver, Josh Clarkson, Ajaz Patel, George Worker, Doug Bracewell, Blair Tickner, Joey Field, Tom Bruce, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Will Young
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||21||0 mm.||5.36 k/h||From: WSW||54%|
|03h||22||0 mm.||5.59 k/h||From: WSW||49%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||5.32 k/h||From: WSW||65%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||4.3 k/h||From: WSW||25%|
|12h||17||0 mm.||4.19 k/h||From: WSW||51%|
|15h||16||0 mm.||4.37 k/h||From: WSW||19%|
|18h||16||0 mm.||3.66 k/h||From: WSW||15%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||4.69 k/h||From: WSW||68%|
The skies would be partly cloudy at Auckland on January 21 and the ball is expected to move around. The pitch will be a competitive one as both batsmen and bowlers would enjoy their time on this surface. The side batting first would have to eye a score of 170 runs on this track.
Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland is one of the best run scoring venues in New Zealand and we have seen lots of big scores being put up here in the past. The ball comes on to the bat nicely. Fast bowlers do enjoy good rewards on this surface as there is a hint of movement off the surface but this is a very difficult venue for the spinners.
Two games have been played here this season and on both the occasions the side chasing the score has gone on to win the games. There is some assistance for the bowlers early on in the game, and this is something that the two captains would have in their minds at the toss. The side winning the toss is likely to bowl first.
Auckland Aces have had nothing working for them this season. Their batting has been bad and none of their bowlers have threatened the batsmen. They would have a herculean challenge at hand taking a side that is in great form coming into this game. With three consecutive wins behind their back the Central Stags are looking in great form and they would start favorites in this game.
Central Stags to win