Central Districts – WWNLLW
Canterbury - LLLLWL
Our prediction is Central Districts will win this match!
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Central Districts take on the Canterbury second time in the same week and are looking for a back to back win over them. Central Districts batting has been in a scintillating form and are led from the front by Skipper Tom Bruce. Will Young, Dean Foxcroft, George Worker and Josh Clarkson has been amongst the runs and contributing to the team`s cause. They have well balanced and effective pace bowling attack with the likes of Ben Wheeler, Blair Tickner, Doug Bracewell and Seth Rance. Ajaz patel plays a perfect toil to the pace attack in the middle overs. Central Districts are on a roll with both their batting and bowling in good form.
Canterbury are not having a good tournament so far with winning just a lone match and losing their remaining five matches. They need to win more matches to improve their chances of entering the play-offs. Every match is crucial for their chances from here on. They are struggling to put a good performance with bat and ball together. Their batting has had good contributions from Skipper Cole McConchie, Chad Bowes, Henry Nicholls and Cam Fletcher. Tom Latham`s could not replicate his international form in this tournament. They are struggling to find consistency with the bat. Kyle Jamieson has been their standout bowler and he tops the wickets chart in the tournament. He is not finding support at the other end from the likes of Matt Henry, Ed Nuttall and Andrew Ellis. Spinners Skipper McConchie and Leggie Todd Astle are not able to control the run rate in the middle overs.
Tom Bruce – Skipper Bruce has been in good form by scoring two 40+ scores in the last two matches. He plays the role of the finisher in the team.
Ben Wheeler – Wheeler has been the most economical bowler in the tournament so far by giving away runs at just over 6 RPO.
Stats from the tournament :
Tom Bruce – 216 runs at strike rate 150 (HS – 88*, 50s-1)
Blair Tickner – 9 wickets at an economy of 8.2 RPO (BB – 3/15)
Tom Bruce(C), Will Young, Dean Foxcroft, George Worker, Josh Clarkson, Ben Wheeler, Dane Cleaver (Wk), Blair Tickner, Doug Bracewell, Seth Rance, Ajaz Patel.
Central Districts are expected to go in with the same playing XI. They won’t change the winning combination unless there is an injury at the last minute.
Henry Nicholls – Nicholls comes into the team after good performance in the international squad. He would love to replicate his form to change his team`s fortunes.
Kylie Jamieson – Jamieson has been taking wickets consistently and has already produced the best figures of 6/7 for New Zealand in T20s this year.
Stats from the tournament:
Cole McConchie – 173 runs at strike rate 134 (HS – 83, 50s-1)
Kylie Jamieson – 13 wickets at an economy of 7.7 RPO (BB – 6/7) – Highest Wicket taker
Cole McConchie (C), Chad Bowes, Andrew Ellis, Henry Nicholls, Cam Fletcher (Wk), Kylie Jamieson, Leo Carter, Ed Nuttall, Matt Henry, Henry Shipley, Jeremy Benton.
Henry Shipley and Jeremy Benton may replace Andrew Ellis and Todd Astle in the playing XI.No other changes are expected.
The dew factor may come into play. Napier pitch has been traditionally a batting pitch with smaller boundaries and quick outfield. Scores in the range of 180-200 runs will be scored easily. Central Districts scored more than 200 runs last time they played here.
Napier pitch has known to be batting pitch and the teams would look to bat first and post a huge total to pressurize the opposition batsmen. Chasing becomes difficult under lights too.