Central Stags’ aim to continue dominance over Otago Volts
Central Stags to win
Central Stags are enjoying good form at the moment as they head into the 19th game of the Super Smash 2020-21 where they take on the Otago Volts. They are coming into this game after a massive win against the Canterbury Kings and have momentum on their side. The Volts went down against the Wellington Firebirds in the last game and have failed to stick to their game plan in the last few games.
Central Stags have enjoyed a great record against the Volts where they have won the last four out of five games. This will give them confidence in this game. The Volts have lost the last two games including the earlier game against the Stags this season. It remains to be seen if the Volts are able to pull out a surprise and do well in this game.
Back to back wins have put George Worker’s side in a comfortable position on the points table. It was another impressive win for the side against the Canterbury Kings in the last game which they won by 18 runs. Worker would be looking for a better show from his bowlers as they have gone for runs in the last two games. A win here would almost guarantee them of a position in the knockout stage and that’s what the Worker would be aiming for.
On the batting front George Worker is leading the charts with the bat and shall aim to put up a good opening stand with Dane Cleaver. Will Young looked good in the last game and the return of Ross Taylor makes this middle order formidable. They would also be expecting runs in this game from the likes of Doug Bracewell and Josh Clarkson lower down the order.
Bowling has been the worrying factor for the side in the last two games and they would need the new ball pair of Bracewell and Ajaz Patel to do well in this game. Blair Tickner has shown good rhythm so far and he would need to guide the likes of Kieran Noema-Barnett, Joey Field and Clarkson in the middle overs.
George Worker (c), Will Young, Dane Cleaver (wk), Ross Taylor, Josh Clarkson, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Doug Bracewell, Christian Leopard, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner
Ross Taylor, Dane Cleaver, Josh Clarkson, Ajaz Patel, George Worker, Doug Bracewell, Blair Tickner, Joey Field, Tom Bruce, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Will Young
Jacob Duffy’s team is under real pressure as they head into this important game. They went down against the Wellington Firebirds in the last game by 5 wickets where their top order failed to do well on a good batting track. The side now needs to win this game by a big margin to improve its prospects. They will have to put behind their loss against the Central Stags in the last game and do well here.
Neil Broom did well in the last game but apart from him everyone else in the top order failed in the last game. Hamish Rutherford their most experienced batsmen would have to do well here. Nick Kelly and Llew Johnson must recover from their poor form for the side to win this game and down the order the likes of Mitch Renwick, Anaru Kitchen and Michael Rippon will have to come up with good performances.
With the ball they have been in poor form and shall need early wickets from Duffy and Mitchell McClenaghan. Rippon did well in the last game and he would have to come up with a similar show here. With Michael Rae, Matthew Bacon and Kitchen in the side there is good variety in the attack but they will have to bowl well as a unit.
Jacob Duffy (c), Mitch Renwick (wk), Nick Kelly, Neil Broom, Michael Rae, Anaru Kitchen, Hamish Rutherford, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matthew Bacon, Michael Rippon, Llew Johnson
Mitchell Renwick, Michael Rae, Jacob Duffy, Neil Broom, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan Smith, Nick Kelly, Anaru Kitchen, Llew Johnson, Michael Rippon, Hamish Rutherford
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0.28 mm.||7.61 k/h||From: W||23%|
|03h||18||0.18 mm.||7.11 k/h||From: W||15%|
|06h||17||0.50 mm.||6.61 k/h||From: WNW||35%|
|09h||16||0.77 mm.||6.62 k/h||From: WNW||20%|
|12h||16||1.34 mm.||6.54 k/h||From: WNW||14%|
|15h||17||1.12 mm.||6.3 k/h||From: WNW||20%|
|18h||17||1.73 mm.||7.67 k/h||From: NW||42%|
|21h||18||1.76 mm.||8.1 k/h||From: NW||93%|
The skies would be overcast at New Plymouth on January 18 and this is likely to make the batting conditions difficult. The pitch doesn’t have much in there for the bowlers and ball has been coming on to the bat nicely. The side that bats first in the game would need to target a score of 170 runs on this surface.
Pukekura Park, New Plymouth is a small venue and hence it is easy for the batsmen to score runs here. Batsmen can play their strokes on the up here. The pitch has good bounce and this is something that fast bowlers enjoy here. Spinners have struggled at this venue as there isn’t much assistance for them.
We have seen big scores at this venue in the two games that have already been played. The sides batting first have won both the games so far at this venue. Both the captains would have this in their mind at the toss and shall look forward to batting first upon winning the toss.
Otago Volts are facing an uphill challenge at the moment. With two consecutive losses the side looks in poor shape for now and needs to make a big turnaround in this game. Their top order would have to play well for them to win this game. On the other hand the Central Stags have looked in great shape in the last few games and they are high on confidence. This would make them favorites in this game.
Central Stags to win