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Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights , The Ford Trophy 2022, Today Match Prediction

Colin Maiden Park in Auckland

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Will Auckland start the team’s title defense with a win against Northern Districts?

  • George Worker has been a key batter for Auckland over the last few matches, scoring 672 runs in the previous 10 innings at an average of 84.
  • Matthew Fisher is a key bowler for Northern Districts and has taken 7 wickets in the last 2 innings.
  • Northern Districts lead the head-to-head battle by 4-1 against Auckland.

We predict that Auckland will defeat Northern Districts.

Tournament: The Ford Trophy 2022 | Format: ODI | Venue: Colin Maiden Park in Auckland | Toss: To Bowl

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Defending champions Auckland will face Northern Districts in the 2nd One Day match of the Ford Trophy 2022/23 at Colin Maiden Park in Auckland on 24th November 2022. Both teams won 1 game each during last season’s campaign, but Northern Districts are ahead in the overall head-to-head records between these two teams.

Both teams scored 18 points each during last season’s campaign, but Auckland finished the season by winning the trophy. Lockie Ferguson led Auckland’s bowling attack in the previous season but will not be available for selection in the first few matches in the current season because of international duty. This will be a major setback for their team in the initial stage of the league.

On the other side, Northern Districts' batting unit has been struggling to score runs. Jeet Raval, who has scored 226 runs in the last 6 innings for Northern Districts, will be the player to watch out for this season. They must fully utilize batting strength against the defending champions in the season’s first match.

Auckland Aces Preview

Auckland had a brilliant season last year as they lifted the trophy. They will start the new season’s campaign against Northern District on 24th November in front of the home crowd at Colin Maiden Park. They are on a winning streak of 5 consecutive games in recent times and will try to continue that in the season’s opener. 

Though the first game against Northern Districts in the last season by 8 wickets, they managed to equalize with a win by 47 runs in the second game. George Worker’s 132 runs from 142 balls and Lockie Ferguson’s 6-wicket haul for 34 runs lead them to a comfortable victory against Northern Districts. 

This season the team will start the campaign without Lockie Ferguson, who was the leading wicket-taker of the tournament last season with 14 wickets in the 6 innings. Auckland have a good depth in the batting unit with  George Worker in the top order, who remained the leading run scorer last season with 672 runs in the 10 innings. 

The overall team looks well-balanced, with good depth in the batting and bowling department. Missing out on Lockie Ferguson, Glenn Phillips, and Martin Guptil in the initial stage of the tournament might trouble them in a few matches this season.

Key players:
George Worker, Mark Chapman, Kyle Jamieson, Adithya Ashok.

Auckland Aces Predicted Playing XI:

George Worker, Simon Kenne, Mark Chapman, Olly Pringle, Robert O'Donnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), Sean Solia, William Somerville, Kyle Jamieson, Adithya Ashok, Benjamin Lister.

Northern Knights Preview

Northern Districts have decent head-to-head records against Auckland in the previous few seasons. To maintain that, they will face Auckland in the 2nd match of the Ford Trophy 2022/23 in Auckland. 

Northern Districts defeated Auckland by 8 wickets during the first meet of the last season. Anurag Verma’s 3 wickets for 29 runs and Mitchell Santner’s 2 wickets for 47 runs helped them to restrict Auckland to 221 runs. Captain Joe Carter scored a brilliant century while chasing 222 runs and added 105 runs from 95 balls to the team's total

Mitchell Santner will not be going to play the first few matches because of international duty, which brings Matthew Fisher into the picture, who has been the team’s key bowler in the last few games. Captain Joe Carter, along with Jeet Raval, who has scored 226 runs in the previous 6 innings, will lead the team’s batting unit this season.

The team has a decent pace attack with Scott Kuggeleijn and Neil Wagner present on the board. They must execute batting plans well on the ground when they face defending champions on 24th November. 

Key players:
Jeet Raval, Joe Carter, Matthew Fisher, Scott Kuggeleijn. 

Northern Knights Predicted Playing XI:

Katene Clarke, Jeet Raval, Brett Hampton, Joe Carter (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Henry Cooper, Anurag Verma, Joe Walker, Matthew Fisher, Scott Kuggeleijn, Neil Wagner.

W. speed
W. direction
1.32 mm.
6.5 k/h
From: WNW
1.06 mm.
7.68 k/h
From: W
0.32 mm.
7.81 k/h
From: W
0.34 mm.
7.2 k/h
From: W
3.30 mm.
8.68 k/h
From: W
1.48 mm.
8.37 k/h
From: W
0.59 mm.
7.35 k/h
From: WSW
0.12 mm.
6.83 k/h
From: WSW

Weather Conditions

The weather will be rainy on the match day, with a 30-40% chance of rain. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be between 18°C - 14°C. The pitch has added advantages to batters here.

Venue Details

Colin Maiden Park in Auckland will host this match. The ground can accommodate 4,000 people and has conducted many domestic games. 

Toss: To Bowl

Here the general trend is the winning captain chooses to ball first as the pitch favors batters in the 2nd innings while chasing the target.  

Auckland's batting unit looks more balanced as compared to Northern Districts. By looking at both squads, Auckland have an advantage in the upcoming battle against Northern Districts. A good depth in the bowling unit also adds plus points to Auckland in the battle against ND. 

We predict that Auckland will defeat Northern Districts.


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