Canterbury and Central Districts race off in the fast lane!
Canterbury will win the match!
Super Smash 2020 season has come to the crucial stages with every team looking to race ahead of the other team in the points table. Central Districts and Canterbury are currently lagging behind in the race at the fourth and fifth positions respectively.
Central Districts are in very critical stage with just two remaining matches and any further slip up may see them being eliminated from the tournament.
Canterbury has 4 matches to play and they still have their opportunities at their hand. Both teams will look to win this match and put their right foot forward in the qualification race.
Canterbury chased down a record total of 220 runs against Northern Knights last match. Leo Carter was the star of the night with his 29-ball 70 runs. He shared an unbeaten 118-run partnership with Skipper Cole McConchie (49 runs) to finish the chase.
Chad Bowes half-century kept the momentum to the chase earlier in the match. Cole McConchie and Andrew Ellis took 2 wickets each and bowled a combined spell of 8-0-68-4 in a high scoring encounter. Ed Nuttall, Henry Shipley, and Will Williams contributed with a wicket each but gave runs at over 10 RPO.
Leo Carter – Carter smashed 6 sixes in one Anton Devcich`s over to tilt the momentum in his team`s favor. He smashed 7 sixes and 3 boundaries in his 29-ball 70 knocks.
Cole McConchie – McConchie came up with an impressive all-around performance of 49* runs with the bat and a tight spell of 4-0-33-2 in the last match. He will look to lead his team from the front in this match too.
Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie (c), Cam Fletcher (wk), Leo Carter, Andrew Ellis, Henry Shipley, Will Williams, Blake Coburn, Ed Nuttall
Will Williams, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie, Ed Nuttall, Andrew Ellis, Sean Davey, Henry Burton Shipley, Chad Bowes, Leo Carter, Jack Boyle, Cameron Fletcher
Central Districts have just a single in the last 6 matches and are struggling to gain momentum at the moment. Christian Leopard was the leading run-scorer with just 27 runs the last match as they strolled to total of 138 runs.
Kieron Noema, Tom Bruce, George Worker have made good contributions but need to bat more consistently across matches. Ajaz Patel and Ryan Watson took 2 wickets each and put a brave fight with the ball in hand. Ben Wheeler and George Worker chipped in crucial wickets and kept the run rate under check effectively. Blair Tickner was expensive for the second match in a row and is expected to be replaced in the playing XI.
Kieron Noema - Barnett – Barnett failed to kick on the last match and had a painful stay of 24-ball 21 last match. But never forget, his knock of 30-ball 55 sealed the match in his team`s favour a couple of days ago.
Ajaz Patel – Ajaz Patel took the top-order wickets of Colin Munro and Mark Chapman and gave away just 20 runs in his 4 overs. His inspired spell kept his team in the hunt.
Kieran Noema-Barnett, George Worker, Ben Wheeler, Dane Cleaver (wk), Tom Bruce (c), Ajaz Patel, Josh Clarkson, Blair Tickner, Christian Leopard, Willem Ludick, Ryan Watson
Dane Cleaver, Willem Ludick, Josh Clarkson, Ajaz Patel, George Worker, Christian Leopard, Blair Tickner, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, Ben Wheeler, Tom Bruce
The weather forecast looks a bit cloudy and dark but it does not look threatening to stop or halt the match by any means.
Christchurch pitch is a batsmen`s paradise that is flat as a deck it gets. Last match had a match tally of 441 with both teams scoring nearly 220 runs.
A total of 219 runs was chased down here and both teams will look to chase in this match. No total is safe here.
Canterbury will be high on confidence after their record win against Northern Knights and they have firepower in their batting lineup to chase down any total with ease.
Central Districts are struggling at the moment with a string of losses but they have quality players who have the skillset to beat any opposition on their day.
We expect Canterbury to win this match.
Canterbury will win the match!