Central Districts and Otago look to seal their qualification spot!
Central Districts will win the match!
Super Smash 2020 season has come to the crucial stage with teams look to seal the qualification spots. Central Districts and Otago take on each other with a lot on a stake with this result. Central Districts will have a great chance to qualify for the playoffs if they manage to win their last league match else the equation becomes very trickier.
They have depended on the results for the other teams to go their way if they lose. Otago is placed much better with two matches remaining they will lose the chance the top the table if they lose this match. But, they still have a chance even if they lose this match and win their next match. Both teams will look their berth in the next stage with a win in this match.
Central Districts made a good comeback in the last match beating Canterbury by 17 runs. Dane Cleaver was the star with the bat scoring 81 runs off 52 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes. Tom Bruce and Josh Clarkson came with good cameos to help their team post a good score of 181 runs on board.
Blair Tickner returned to form with a superb 4/26 in the match. Ben Wheeler and Seth Rance too chipped in crucial wickets and they all combined to leave the opposition 86/6 in 13 overs. Ajaz Patel and Koema took a wicket apiece but were little expensive their economy rates.
Josh Clarkson – Clarkson is coming up with vital runs down the order and he has scores of 36, 18 & 28 in the last three matches to help their team finish with a flourish. His contributions can make 10-20 run difference to the final score.
Ben Wheeler – Ben Wheeler is peaking at the right moment with figures of 1/24, 1/20 & 2/35 in the last three matches. He has 8 wickets at an economy of just 7.5 RPO this season.
Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, George Worker, Ben Wheeler, Dane Cleaver (wk), Tom Bruce (c), Ajaz Patel, Josh Clarkson, Blair Tickner, Christian Leopard, Willem Ludick
Dane Cleaver, Willem Ludick, Josh Clarkson, Ben Wheeler, Ajaz Patel, George Worker, Christian Leopard, Blair Tickner, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, Tom Bruce
Otago has suffered a mini-setback with two back-to-back losses and they can`t afford to slip up further. Their top order was reeling at 26/3 before Dean Foxcraft powered their team to a good total of 168 runs with his 82 runs off 57 balls. Anaru Kitchen played a vital hand of 42 runs in 28 balls to build a 76-run partnership for the team. Their bowlers are not able to pick a single wicket as the opposition cruised to the target in 16.3 overs. Skipper Jacob Duffy and Michael Rae must take the responsibility of bowling well and contribute more wickets to the team.
Nick kelly – Nick Kelly is their top run-scorer this season with 276 runs at a strike rate of 140 with 2 half-centuries so far. He missed out on the last two matches but will look to get back amongst runs.
Jacob Duffy – Jacob Duffy has 7 wickets so far but is giving away runs at 8.3 RPO and he needs to bowl more consistently. The rest of the bowlers are giving runs at over 8.5 RPO till now.
Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Jacob Duffy (c), Josh Finnie, Michael Rae, Nick Kelly, Dale Phillips, Dean Foxcroft, Max Chu (wk)
Mitchell Renwick, Michael Rae, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Nick Kelly, NT Broom, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Matthew Bacon, Hamish Rutherford, Joshua Finnie
The weather forecast looks bit cloudy and dark but it does not look threatening to stop or halt the match by any means.
Dunedin is a good batting pitch with batsmen enjoying the pace on the ball. Last match both teams scored over 165 runs easily.
Wellington chased down the total with 10 wickets in hand last match. The pitch gets easier to bat in the second innings.
Central Districts have a good bowling unit when compared to Otago and have form and momentum on their side with consistent wins in the recent matches. Central Districts seem to have peaked at the right moment while Otago is falling off at the crucial stages of the league phase.
We expect Central districts to win this match!
Central Districts will win the match!