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Otago’s search for a perfect start at home
Central Districts to win
Tournament: The Ford Trophy 2022 | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It is the 3rd game in The Ford Trophy 2022-23, and Otago shall take on the Central Districts. It is the first game for both teams, and they will look to make a good start. Otago played poorly in the last edition of this tournament, and most players on the side struggled. They will look for a better show, and Central Districts aren’t likely to make things easy for them.
Otago players have played a lot at this venue, and they will look to make the best use of the home advantage. They play against a strong bowling attack, and the side would like a good show from their batsmen. Both sides start fresh, and we will see a good contest on a lively track that will create problems for the batsmen.
Otago hasn’t had a great run in the tournament in the last few seasons. They finished 5th on the points table last year, and skipper Hamish Rutherford shall look for a better show from his players in this game. They take on a strong side in this contest, and Rutherford would expect his players to be on top of their game in the season opener.
The side would need a good start from Dale Phillips and Mitch Renwick, and they need to provide a good start to the team. In the middle order, Hamish Rutherford brings a lot of experience, and he will look to add runs with Thorn Parkes and Neil Broom. The side would like to see runs from Michael Rippon and Anaru Kitchen.
Jacob Duffy is in great form, and this is excellent news for the team. He will look to strike early, sharing the new ball with Travis Muller. Matthew Bacon and Michael Rippon need to bowl tight spells in the middle overs. The side would also need a good show in the supporting role from Anaru Kitchen and Ben Lockrose.
Hamish Rutherford (c), Dale Phillips, Mitch Renwick (wk), Thorn Parkes, Michael Rippon, Anaru Kitchen, Travis Muller, Matthew Bacon, Jacob Duffy, Ben Lockrose, Neil Broom
Tom Bruce’s side had done well last season and topped the points table. They were unlucky to lose the final against Auckland. The skipper would want his players to draw inspiration from last year’s show and start the season positively. They have a strong batting line-up, and the skipper shall look to make it count.
Bayley Wiggins and Ben Smith must offer a good start to the side in this game. In the middle order they would look for runs from Brad Schmulian, who will bat alongside the experienced Ross Taylor. Bruce, Josh Clarkson, and Doug Bracewell must add quick runs in the lower middle order.
On the bowling front, the side would like to see good spells from Doug Bracewell and Ben Wheeler with the new ball. Seth Rance and Joey Field need to bowl good spells in the middle overs of the game. Jayden Lennox, Brad Schmulian, and Bruce need to do well in the supporting role.
Tom Bruce (c), Bayley Wiggins (wk), Ross Taylor, Ben Smith, Brad Schmulian, Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, Joey Field, Jayden Lennox, Seth Rance, Ben Wheeler
There are predictions for heavy rains in Dunedin on November 24. The track would be a tricky one to bat on and more so due to the weather, as the bowlers would find a lot of assistance from the surface. The side batting first would be happy to set up a total of 280 runs or more on this track.
The pitch at University Oval, Dunedin, offers assistance to the bowlers and can be a challenging 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 we shall see 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 shall opt for bowling first here.
Otago had a poor season last year, and this will be on their minds. The side would need its young players to do well as they play a strong opponent at home. Central Districts have an experienced group of players. They have good hitters of the ball on the side, and it will make them favorites to win this game.
Central Districts to win
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