Two-time champions Canterbury would look to start their Super Smash 2019-20 campaign on a winning note!
We are backing Canterbury to win!
The third match of the ongoing Super Smash T20 pits Canterbury against Wellington in what promises to be a cracker of a contest for the fans to witness. Canterbury who last won the tournament back in 2005-06 edition had a forgettable run in the previous season of T20 league wherein they finished at the bottom of the points table with merely three wins in ten feuds. The Cole Mcconchie-led lineup would be hoping to draw the first blood over Wellington which could muster a significant level of confidence among their troop.
Meanwhile, Wellington who too had a disastrous run in Super Smash 2018-19, would be vying to sail early in the upcoming season.
The two-time Super Smash runners-up (2008-09, 2011-12) would be missing out on the services of some of the frontline players namely - Canterbury, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry, and Todd Astle because of their international commitment in ongoing away Test series versus Australia. In their absence, the team would be banking on the trio of Cole McConchie (237), Chad Bowes (276 runs) and Cam Fletcher (166) for putting the bulk of runs on board.
The trio rendered impressionable performances in the previous edition and would be backed to essay similar numbers in the coming season. In the bowling department, pacers Will Willams and Andrew Ellis would be expected to rattle the opposition lineup. The latter, in particular, could be the go-to bowler considering he had a terrific run last season with eight wickets to his name.
Cole Mcconchie (c), Cam Fletcher, Henry Nicholls, Chad Bowes, Will Williams, Andrew Ellis, Jackson Latham, Will Williams, Henry Shipley, Edward Nuttall, Steven Murdoch
Will Williams, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie, Ed Nuttall, Cameron Fletcher, Andrew Ellis, Henry Burton Shipley, Chad Bowes, Leo Carter, Jack Boyle, Blake Peter Coburn
Having suffered a string of defeats in Super Smash T20 2018-19, Wellington, who have earlier won the tournament on two occasions (2014-15, 2016-17) would be hoping to come back stronger in the coming feud. With Devon Conway and Tom Blundell finding themselves amidst the international circles, all eyes would be on Andrew Fletcher and Michael Bracewell who had done a decent job with the bat in the last season. James Neesham, who could single-handedly turn the course of the game in his side's favor is another fine prospect who shouldn't be left out.
Among the bowlers, Ollie Newton and Jeetan Patel could pose a major annoyance for the opposition. The duo had grabbed 11 wickets each in Super Smash 2018-19 and would be backing themselves to replicate their performance versus Cole Mcconchie & Co.
Hamish Bennett (c), Ben Sears, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Devon Conway, Andrew Fletcher, Jakob Bhula, Ollie Newton, Rachin Ravindra, A Hazeldine
Rachin Ravindra, Malcolm Nofal, Devon Conway, Logan van Beek, Jamie Gibson, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett, Michael Bracewell, Michael Pollard, Jeetan Patel, James Neesham
Clouds are going to hover around the stadium with the temperature fluctuating in low 20s. Although pacers are going to enjoy the contest, one shouldn't undermine the batters for they could post a mammoth total for the fans to witness.
The pitch at Hagley Oval has been a decent batting venue with 150 being the average scoreline in the T20s played at this venue.
The toss winning team should consider to bowl first on this occasion. With the first half of the play under cloud cover, one could expect the bowlers especially pacers to capitalize on the swing conditions as batting might become comparatively easier due to the clear skies in the second half of the play.
Canterbury would be the favorites for the upcoming bout versus Wellington. With the match being played at the home conditions, and taking into consideration the overall dominance exhibited by the hosts in the T20s against Wellington, it shouldn't come as a surprise if Cole Mcconchie's men start their Super Smash T20 2019-20 campaign on a winning note.
We are backing Canterbury to win!