Our prediction is Northern Knights will win this Match!
Northern Knights are the team of the tournament so far by winning 7 out of their 9 matches played so far. Their rich bench strength came to fore evn after missing a host of players to various reasons. They suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Auckland Aces last match.
They will miss the services of Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggleijn and Ish Sodhi due to national duty this match. Their batting depends on Skipper Dean Brownlie and Bocock in the absence of the Kiwi regulars.
Corey Anderson, Neil Wagner and Kyle Abbott will the lead the bowling department and Spinner Tarun Nethula will come back into the playing XI.
Otago had a poor season and they end as second last team this season. They lost their last match against Canterbury by 30 runs. This is their best chance to beat Northern Knights who are handicapped by a number of missing players.
Neil Brrom, Hamish Rutherford and Ben Cox has been amongst the runs this season. Josh Finnie and Brad Wilson have provided the late bursts at the end of the innings. Their bowling has been their biggest worry leaking runs in every match. They have left over almost 180 runs every time they have bowled first this season.
Skipper Jacob Duffy and Christi Viljoin have been amongst the wicket takers but they have left runs at the economy rate of over 8.5 RPO. This match is the best chance for their bowlers to end the season on high with a second str9ing playing XI of Northern Knights.
Corey Anderson – Anderson must take the responsibility in the absence of regular players and he has to showcase his class with the ball and bat.
Tarun Nethula – Nethula gets another opportunity after his 6-fer in the absence of Ish Sodhi. He will be raring to go to prove his worth and mettle in the team.
Stats from the tournament:
Daryl Mitchell – 318 runs at strike rate 141 (HS – 78, 50s-2)
Scott Kuggleijn – 13 wickets at an economy of 8.6 RPO (BB –4/18)
PD Bocock (Wk), Nicholas Frederick Kelly, Dean Brownlie(c), Brett Hampton, Brett Randell, Corey Anderson, Joe Walker, Daniel Flynn, Kyle Abbott, Neil Wagner, Tarun Nethula Ish Sodhi, Scott Kuggleijn, Daryl Mitchell and Tim Seifert are replaced by Tarun Nethula, Daniel Flynn, Joe Walker and Brett Randell. They have host of changes in their playing XI this match.
Neil Broom – Neil Broom is an excellent batsmen who is capable pf playing a big innings at the top. The start he gives sets up the momentum of the team.
Michael Rippon – Rippon was the lone bowler who was able to contain last match and he gave away just 20 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
Stats from the tournament:
Anaru Kitchen – 196 runs at strike rate 121 (HS –52, 50s-1)
Jacob DAffy – 11 wickets at an economy of 8.2 RPO (BB – 3/18)
Jacob Duffy(C), Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, JJ Tasman-Jones, Josh Finnie, Anaru Kitchen, Ben Cox (Wk), Brad Wilson, Michael Rippon, Christi Viljoen, Nathan G smith No Changes are expected in their playing XI despite the loss in the last match.
Bay Oval pitch usually offers balance between the bat and ball. The pitch aids bowlers at the start of the innings and as the match progresses pitch eases out. Average score in this pitch is 160-170 runs.
Both teams will look to chase down the total scored by the team batting first. Northern Knights with a second string team and Otago with failing bowlers will look into their batsmen to chase the total. Chasing is the best option when you are unsure of the total in this pitch.