The battle of nerves between Otago Volts and Central Stags
Otago Volts to win
We have had some good games in Super Smash 2020-21 one so far and the 11th game between the Otago Volts and the Central Stags is expected to be an interesting one. Both the sides have played similar cricket so far. The Volts come here after a win against the Northern Knights in their last game while the Central Stags suffered a loss at the hands on the same opponents in the last game.
The two sides have enjoyed good rivalry in this tournament in the past where none of the sides have dominated over the other. But Volts do have a more experience batting line-up and this might make the difference in this close battle. It will be interesting to see if the Stags are able to make a strong comeback after their big loss in the last game.
Jacob Duffy’s team nearly messed up the run chase in the last game only to win it by two wickets against the Northern Knights. With two wins in three games the side is now placed 4th on the points table and they would look to rise up by winning this game. Duffy would be aware of the strength that the Stags have and shall look for a good performance from his players.
Openers Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom have scored runs and they would be expected to provide a good start in this game. Nick Kelly, Llew Johnson and Anaru Kitchen missed out in the last game and a good show would be expected of them here in this game. Mitch Renwick, Michael Rippon and Dale Phillips would need to come up with contributions down the order in this game.
Jacob Duffy and Mitchell McClenaghan shall have to strike early in the game being the most experienced bowlers. Rippon comes here after a good performance in the last game and this would add to his confidence here. With Matthew Bacon and Kitchen in the attack they have good mix of bowlers who can take on the Central Stags.
Jacob Duffy (c), Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Mitch Renwick (wk), Llew Johnson, Anaru Kitchen, Josh Finnie, Michael Rippon, Matthew Bacon, Mitchell McClenaghan
Mitchell Renwick, Michael Rippon, Jacob Duffy, Neil Broom, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nick Kelly, Anaru Kitchen, Llew Johnson, Michael Rae, Matthew Bacon, Hamish Rutherford
George Worker’s side had a bad day at the office in their last game against the Northern Knights where they went down by 6 wickets. Batting first the side could barely manage a score of 117 runs. Worker would expect his side to make a strong comeback in this game and look forward to seeing better performance from his batsmen.
George Worker and Christian Leopard will need to improve their scoring rate in the next game and offer a good start to the side. In the middle order the side would expect improved performances from Dane Cleaver, Josh Clarkson and Doug Bracewell as they failed in the last game. In Kieran Noema-Barnett and Ben Smith the side has good hitters down the order and they shall look to make this opportunity count.
Doug Bracewell and Blair Tickner had a bad day in the last game with the new ball and they would look to provide a better start here. Ajaz Patel and Jayden Lennox looked good and they would be expected to carry on with the same show. Worker, Joey Field and Noema-Barnett have to play a good supporting act for the side to win this game.
George Worker (c), Christian Leopard, Dane Cleaver (wk), Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Ben Smith, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, Jayden Lennox, Blair Tickner
Dane Cleaver, Josh Clarkson, Ajaz Patel, George Worker, Doug Bracewell, Bayley Wiggins, Christian Leopard, Blair Tickner, Joey Field, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Will Young
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||0 mm.||6.06 k/h||From: SSW||21%|
|03h||14||0 mm.||5.91 k/h||From: SSW||11%|
|06h||13||0 mm.||5.33 k/h||From: SSW||39%|
|09h||12||0 mm.||4.32 k/h||From: SSW||97%|
|12h||12||0 mm.||3.32 k/h||From: WSW||88%|
|15h||10||0 mm.||3.52 k/h||From: W||92%|
|18h||10||0 mm.||3.96 k/h||From: W||46%|
|21h||15||0 mm.||4.21 k/h||From: W||75%|
There are predictions for heavy rains at Dunedin on January 08 and it would be interesting to see if we are able to see a full game here. The track would be a tricky one to bat on and more so due to the weather as the bowlers would find lot of assistance from the surface. The side batting first would be happy to set up a total of 160 runs or more on this track.
The pitch at University Oval, Dunedin has always offered good assistance to the bowlers and can be a tricky surface to bat on with the ball doing around a bit. Batsmen however are at an advantage as well with the shorter square boundaries offering good scoring opportunities. The conditions here suit the fast bowlers more than the spinners.
It will be the first game at this venue in a long time and hence there is expected to be some juice in the surface early on that would help the bowlers. We have seen low scores at this venue in the past. Keeping all these things in mind the side that wins the toss in this game is likely to opt for batting first here.
It is expected to be a tough contest as both the sides have shown similar form so far in the tournament. Central Stags lack the experience in the batting as their opponents and they would have to come out of the big defeat they suffered in the last game. Otago Volts on the other hand too have had their issues with the bat but they have more experience in their batting line-up and this would put them ahead in the contest.
Otago Volts to win