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Central Districts vs Wellington Firebirds, Plunket Shield 2022-23, Today Match Prediction

Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North

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Will Central Districts claim a top spot in the league with a win against Wellington?

  • Tom Bruce is the leading run-scorer this season and has scored 365 runs in the last 5 innings at an average of 73 while playing for Central Districts.
  • Rachin Ravindra has been a key batter for Wellington, averaging 37.50 over the last 8 matches for Wellington.
  • Central Districts are leading the head-to-head battle by 2-1 from the last 5 games against Wellington.

We predict that Central Districts will defeat Wellington.

Tournament: Plunket Shield 2022-23 | Format: TEST | Venue: Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North | Toss: To Bat

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Central Districts to face Wellington in the 10th game of the Plunket Shield at Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North, between the 14th to 17th of November 2022. Central Districts are looking to claim a top spot in the points table by defeating Wellington. 

With 2 wins and 1 draw game from the 3 matches played,  Central Districts are in the 2nd spot in the points table with 41 points. Wellington, on another side, are in the 4th place in league with 1 win and 2 defeats so far. They have 27 points in their account.

Wellington will try to break the losing streak of 2 matches when they face Central Districts in the upcoming match. Tom Bruce is looking in good touch with the bat for Central Districts and will be the big trouble for Wellington’s bowlers in this batter for the top place. 

Central Districts Preview

After a draw game against Canterbury in the first match of the season, Central Districts have won 2 back-to-back games against Auckland and Northern Districts, respectively. They will face Wellington in the upcoming match at Fitzherbert Park to continue that winning momentum ahead. 

In the last match against Northern Districts, the team’s bowling unit helped them to register a comfortable victory. While batting first against ND, Brad Schmulian’s 55 runs from 102 balls and Tom Bruce’s 59 runs from 121 were key knocks that led their team to put 273 runs on the board in the 1st innings. Doug Bracewell was phenomenal for the CD with the ball and took 4 wickets for 30 runs.

Raymond Toole also took 3 wickets, and opponents got bowled out to 161 runs. After leading the 1st innings by 112 runs, Central Districts declared their 2nd innings on 371 runs in which Brad Schmulian scored a brilliant double century. While defending the target of 484 runs,  Ajaz Patel picked up a 5-wicket haul to register a comfortable victory by 279 runs.

A team looks well-balanced on the field, with good depth in the bowling and batting departments.  Brad Schmulian and Tom Bruce are in good touch with the bat, whereas Doug Bracewell and Ajaz Patel are shining in the bowling department. They need to maintain the momentum when they face Wellington in the next match. 

Key players:
Will Young, Brad Schmulian, Tom Bruce, Doug Bracewell.

Central Districts Predicted Playing XI:

Will Young, Brad Schmulian, Curtis Heaphy, Dane Cleaver (wk), Tom Bruce (c), Bayley Wiggins, Doug Bracewell, Ajaz Patel, Brett Randell, Blair Tickner, Raymond Toole.

Wellington Firebirds Preview

Wellington started the season’s campaign with a close win against Northern Districts but suffered back to back 2 massive defeats in the last 2 matches played. Now to get back on a winning track again, they will face Central Districts in the 10th match of the season. 

It was a complete batting unit’s failure in the last match against Auckland, where they got defeated by 9 wickets. Despite Tom Blundell’s 56 runs from 79 balls and Troy Johnson’s 42 runs from 124 balls, no other batter could manage to put a decent score on the board, and they got bowled out to just 198 runs in the 1st innings.

With the help of Ian McPeake’s 4 wickets for 57 runs and Michael Snedden and Rachin Ravindra, who picked up 3 wickets each, they restricted opponents to 324 runs. Wellington could take a lead of only 6 runs in the second innings and got all out to just 132 runs. The opponents chased down the target by sparing 9 wickets in hand.

The team has a decent bowling attack but is struggling with their batting unit. They need to work on that issue when they face Central Districts in the next match, which have an attacking bowling unit.

Key players:
Rachin Ravindra, Tom Blundell, Ian McPeake, Michael Snedden.

Wellington Firebirds Predicted Playing XI:

Rachin Ravindra, Luke Georgeson, Troy Johnson, Nick Kelly, Tim Robinson, Tom Blundell (c/wk), Jakob Bhula, Adam Leonard, Ian McPeake, Michael Snedden, James Hartshorn.

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Weather Conditions

The weather will be partly cloudy throughout the match, and there will be a 10-20% chance of rain during the game. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be between 24°C - 14°C.

Venue Details

Fitzherbert Park in Palmerston North will host this match. The ground has conducted many domestic games in New Zealand. 

Toss: To Bat

Here the pitch offers an advantage to bowlers in the 2nd innings. The general trend on this ground is the winning captain chooses to bat first. 

By looking at the squad depth of both units, Central Districts have the upper hand in the upcoming battle against Wellington. Central Districts' bowling attack is shining this season and will make trouble for Wellington’s batters, who are struggling to score runs. 

We predict that Central Districts will defeat Wellington.


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