Otago Volts look to snatch the top spot in the points table!
We are expecting Otago Volts to win!
Second-placed Otago Volts would be high on confidence as they take on their arch-rivals Northern Knights in the 14th of Super Smash 2019-20. Otago Volts, led by Jacob Duffy, have won two out of four matches played this season with the remaining matches being a loss and a no result.
The recent outing against Wellington Firebirds witnessed the Volts lose out by a margin of one run, and thus one could bank on the Volts to render a winning show at Molyneux Park. On the other hand, Northern Knights who recently won against Auckland Aces would look to secure their second win of the season. The Dean Brownlie-captained side has lost two matches and suffered a no result in the earlier matches and wit the newfound momentum, one could anticipate a nerve-wracking exhibition from their end in the forthcoming duel.
Openers Tim Seifert (75) and Anton Devich (25) laid a concrete platform for the Knights in the previous match against Auckland and with Brett Hampton at the top order, one could anticipate a bulk of runs from the Knights in the upcoming contest provided the trio stays in the middle.
Among the bowlers, Daryl Mitchell (5 wickets in 3 innings) and Ish Sodhi (4 wickets in 4 innings) have been the vital cogs so far and with Scott Kuggeleijn who bagged 3/30 in the recent outing, the trio could be expected to tear through the opposition at Molyneux Park.
Dean Brownlie (c), Anurag Verma, Brett Hampton, Daryl Mitchell, Brett Randall, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Seifert (wk), Anton Devcich, Ish Sodhi, Joe Carter, Daniel Flynn
Brett Randell, Ish Sodhi, Anurag Verma, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Anton Devcich, Brett Hampton, Joe Carter, Dean Brownlie, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Flynn
Neil Broom (198 runs in 4 innings) and Nick Kelly (141 runs in 4 innings) are among the leading run-getters in the current T20 season and with Hamish Rutherford (92 runs in 4 innings) at the top order, the Volts would look to score a truckload of runs in the coming encounter.
Dean Foxcroft has had some successes and would also be relied on to play destructive cameos in the middle. Bowling wise, Nathan Smith (7 wickets in 4 innings) has been the go-to man for the Volts and with skipper Jacob Duffy and spinner Michael Rippon, the trio would look to capitalize on the conditions in the coming feud.
Jacob Duffy (c), Max Chu (wk), Dean Foxcroft, Nathan Smith, Nick Kelly, Michael Rae, Josh Finnie, Michael Rippon, Anaru Kitchen, Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom
Michael Rippon, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Nick Kelly, Nathan Smith, NT Broom, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rae, Hamish Rutherford, Joshua Finnie, Max chu
There will be cloud cover throughout with the temperature hovering between 17-20 degrees Celsius. No chances of rain are being foretold ensuring a complete 40-overs of uninterrupted contest.
Any score above 160 would be a par total at this venue. With the ball aiding the pacers throughout, one could expect the batters to struggle to post mammoth totals on board.
The toss winning captain is likely to bowl first on these conditions. The overcast weather would come of great assistance to the bowlers, especially pacers who would look to exhibit their dominance throughout.
Otago Volts have been in top form this season and with the quartet of Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Hamish Rutherford and Dean Foxcroft enjoying a healthy run, one could vouch on two-time Super Smash champions to gain an upper hand in the coming feud.
Not to forget, the Volts had defeated the Knights in the previous encounter, giving them an edge in the next T20 at Molyneux Park.
We are expecting Otago Volts to win!