Otago Volts, Auckland Aces lock horns in Elimination Final!
Otago Volts to win the match!
Otago and Auckland will fight it out for a place in the finals in the Eliminator game of Super Smash competition played at University Oval in Dunedin on Friday.
Otago have done exceedingly well in this year’s competition and claimed second spot in the preliminary stages of the competition. In their previous game, Otago suffered defeat at the hands of Canterbury played at Hagley Oval.
On the other hand, Auckland comfortably brushed aside Wellington, courtesy splendid performances from Craig Cachopa, Mark Chapman and Kyle Jamieson. With this result, Auckland finished third in the round-robin stages of the competition. The franchise will be looking to bring their A-game to the table in this knockout game.
Jacob Duffy led-unit managed to win six games out of ten played in the competition. The side will be looking to deliver a clinical performance with the bat against Auckland. Against Canterbury, Neil Broom and Nick Kelly delivered half-centuries to see Otago post 167 runs for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Opener Neil Broom continued his excellent form with the bat in the game played against Canterbury. He played well and finished the innings with a score of 57 runs off 46 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. He put on a 125-run partnership with Nick Kelly to provide a solid start for Otago.
Nick Kelly was the standout performer with the bat in the game played against Otago. He finished the innings with the top-score of 62 runs off 43 balls with the help of nine boundaries and one six. For this knockout game, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Neil Broom, Nick Kelly and Hamish Rutherford to do the bulk of the scoring. Neil Broom is currently Otago’s leading run-scorer with 346 runs in 10 innings with three half-centuries to his name.
Middle-order comprising of Anaru Kitchen, Josh Fennie and Dean Foxcroft will need to contribute with the bat for Otago in this all-important clash. In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Jacob Duffy, Anaru Kitchen and Dean Foxcroft to provide crucial breakthroughs in this contest. Jacob Duffy was the pick of the bowler in the previous game played against Canterbury. He finished with figures of 2 for 27 in 3.5 overs.
Jacob Duffy (captain), Mitch Renwick (wk), Josh Finnie, Michael Rae, Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Nick Kelly, Dean Foxcroft, Matthew Bacon.
Michael Rae, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Nick Kelly, Nathan Smith, NT Broom, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Hamish Rutherford, Joshua Finnie, Max chu
The side delivered a crucial win over Wellington in order to seal their place in the playoffs of the competition. Auckland has suffered from inconsistency and managed to win four games out of ten played so far this season. For this all-important tie, Auckland will be looking to field their best combination against Otago. Auckland Skipper Craig Cachopa led the way with the bat in the game against Wellington.
Chasing 166 runs to win, Cachopa played well and finished the innings with the top-score of 66 runs off 43 balls with the help of three fours and five sixes. With the side placed at a precarious position at 33 for 3, Craig Cachopa and Mark Chapman led the fightback and put on a 132 partnership. Due to splendid half-centuries from Cachopa and Mark Chapman, Auckland completed the chase in the 18th over of the innings. The team management will be hoping that the experienced opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro can make notable contributions in this game.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Jamieson and Ronnie Hira to make crucial breakthroughs. Pacer Kylie Jamieson was the standout bowler for the side in the game played against Wellington and finished with figures of 3 for 34 in his four overs. Left-arm spinner Ronnie Hira also delivered a tidy performance with the ball and claimed one wicket.
Craig Cachopa (captain), Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ronnie Hira, Colin Munro, Ben Horne (wk), Robert O’Donnell, Kyle Jamieson, Mark Chapman, William Somerville, Glenn Phillips
Ronnie Hira, Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Robert O'Donnell, Mitchell McClenaghan, Martin Guptill, Craig Cachopa, William Somerville, Kyle Jamieson, Ben Horne
The wicket prepared at Dunedin is expected to provide a good contest between bat and ball. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Friday is expected to be sunny with a moderate breeze.
The Elimination Final of Super Smash 2019-20 is going to be played between Otago and Auckland. Otago managed to beat Auckland in the previous meeting between the teams at Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland.
On the other hand, Auckland will take heart from the fact the side holds an excellent head-to-head record against Otago in the history of Super Smash competition.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl and exploit the pitch conditions. The last two games played at Dunedin have been won by sides batting second.
Otago will be expected to win the elimination final against Auckland. The side will have slight advantage as they playing in their home conditions. With the top-order players doing consistently this season, the home side will be determined to produce their best cricket in this game.
Otago Volts to win the match!