Wellington Firebirds will look to grab their 3rd win of the ongoing season!
We are backing Wellington to win!
Two of the stronger sides in Super Smash 2019-20 - Wellington Firebirds and Central Stags face off each other in their second encounter of the season, with the earlier bout being won by the Stags by a margin of 24-runs.
Wellington Firebirds, led by Devon Conway, are placed at the 3rd spot in the points tally and have won 2 out of 3 matches in the concurrent edition of Super Smash T20s.
Banking on the performances of Devon Conway, Michael Pollard, and James Neesham, the Firebirds would aim to settle the scores with Tom Bruce & Co as they meet at Pukekura Park in the upcoming contest. Meanwhile, Central Stags who are sitting atop the points table with two wins, a loss and a no-result in four matches, would look to reign supreme in the forthcoming feud.
Tom Bruce (135 runs in 4 innings) is currently leading the batting charts for the Stags and with the form favoring him at the moment, the skipper would look to pile a truckload of runs in the coming matches. Dane Cleaver (117 runs in 4 innings) and George Worker (100 runs in 4 innings) have been amassing runs at a decent pace this season and would be heavily banked to get those big runs on board.
Bowling wise, the table-toppers would hope the duo of Ajaz Patel (9 wickets in 3 innings) and Kieran Barnett (8 wickets in 3 innings) to restrict the opposition at a petty total. Ajaz, in particular, could be a vital cog at Pukekura Park, considering his consistent onslaughts with the ball in the matches competed so far.
Tom Bruce (c), Willem Ludick, Christian Leopard, Blair Tickner, Josh Clarkson, Ajaz Patel, Dane Cleaver (wk), Ben Wheeler, George Worker, Seth Rance, Kieran Barnett.
Dane Cleaver, Willem Ludick, Josh Clarkson, Ben Wheeler, Ajaz Patel, George Worker, Christian Leopard, Blair Tickner, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, Tom Bruce
Firebirds possess a concrete batting attack with the opening duo of Devon Conway (48-ball 63*) and Michael Pollard (40-ball 70) putting a berserk exhibition in the freshly concluded match versus Otago Volts. Pollard has had a stupendous run in Super Smash 2019-20 with 129 runs in 3 innings at an average of 43.00 and would wish to continue with his mids touch as the tournament progresses further.
James Neesham rendered a ripping exhibition in the recent outing against Otago. The all-rounder scored an unbeaten 32-ball 47 and grabbed 2/24 with the ball, making him a vital cog for the Firebirds in the upcoming duel. Hamish Bennett (3 wickets in 3 innings) and Ollie Newton (3 wickets in 3 innings) have been decent so far and with spinner Rachin Ravindra could wreak havoc in the coming T20.
Michael Bracewell (c), Fraser Colson, Rachin Ravindra, Ollie Newton, Jamie Gibson, Michael Pollard, Logan van Beek, Devon Conway (wk), Malcolm Nofal, James Neesham, Hamish Bennett
Rachin Ravindra, Hamish Bennett, Devon Conway, Logan van Beek, Fraser Colson, Ollie Newton, Malcolm Nofal, Jamie Gibson, Michael Bracewell, Michael Pollard, James Neesham
Clouds are going to circle around the stadium with the temperature gliding between 16-18 degrees Celsius. The overcast conditions could offer great assistance to the bowlers early on in the contest, while the batsmen would look to capitalize on the dew in the latter stages.
The wicket at Pukekura Park has offered great help to the batsmen with the average 1st innings score in the T20s being 165 and thus, with the present set of conditions prevalent at Plymouth, one could expect scores as high as 180 being put in the first half of the play.
The toss winning team should look to bowl first, make the most of the intermittent cloud cover and back their batters to chase the totals. The majority of the matches played at this venue have been won by the team batting second and a similar fate could be anticipated in the forthcoming T20.
Wellington Firebirds and Central Stags have had a fierce rivalry in the T20s and although both the sides look potent to outwit the other, one could still bank on the Firebirds to gain an upper hand over the rivals in the game at Pukekura Park.
Wellington's top-order trio has been in terrific form lately and would be backing themselves to put up a stellar show in the highly-anticipated encounter.
We are backing Wellington to win!