Otago Volts look to reign supreme in Super Smash 2019-20!
We are backing Otago Volts to win!
Table-toppers Otago Volts would be battling it out against Wellington Firebirds in what promises to be a cracker of a duel for both the competing units. Otago Volts, led by Jacob Duffy, have won two out of three matches competed so far wit the lately played outing against Auckland being a no result. Their consistent onslaughts have made them one of the hot favorites of this year's Super Smash title, something which seems feasible with the likes of Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, and Dean Foxcroft in their armory.
On the other hand, Wellington, who started their Super Smash 2019-20 on a winning note, suffered a 24-run defeat in the recent outing against Central Districts. While they possess a solid batting lineup, it is their bowling department which has faltered at crucial moments with the previous contest being a testimony of the same. It would be interesting to see how these sides faceoff in the much-coveted game at Basin Reserve.
James Neesham with his all-round prowess has been one of the few positives for the Firebirds in the ongoing T20 duels. His performance in the middle would be of utmost concern for his side if they are hoping to register their second win of the season.
Skipper Michael Bracewell and Michael Pollard haven't dazzled in the opportunities received so far and would be itching to get some runs on board. Among the bowlers, Jeetan Patel (5 wickets in 2 innings ) has been the go-to man for the Firebirds in the concurrent T20 season and with assistance from fellow spinner Rachin Ravindra could wreak havoc amidst the conditions at Basin Reserve.
Jeetan Patel, Hamish Bennett, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell (c), Malcolm Nofal, Devon Conway (wk), Logan van Beek, Michael Pollard, Jamie Gibson, Ollie Newton, Rachin Ravindra
Rachin Ravindra, Malcolm Nofal, Devon Conway, Logan van Beek, Jamie Gibson, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett, Fraser Colson, Michael Bracewell, Michael Pollard, James Neesham
Neil Broom (132 runs in 3 innings) and Hamish Rutherford (80 runs in 3 innings) have been the top performers for the Volts in the concurrent season of Super Smash and would be backed to lead from the front in the highly-anticipated encounter. Dean Foxcroft (100 runs in 3 innings ) has been in fine form in the ongoing T20 season and along with Nick Kelly in the middle-order could be backed to put up a bucketload of runs in the batting-friendly wicket at Wellington.
Bowling wise, Nathan Smith (7 wickets in 3 innings) is currently topping the bowling charts in the ongoing T20 duels and would carry the onus of affecting the early dismissals. Spinner Michael Rippon and Jacob Duffy have grabbed almost a wicket in the games played so far and with Smith would be a force to reckon with for Michael Bracewell & Co.
Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Jacob Duffy (c), Josh Finnie, Michael Rae, Nick Kelly, Nathan G Smith, Dean Foxcroft, Max Chu (wk)
Michael Rippon, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Nick Kelly, Nathan Smith, NT Broom, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rae, Hamish Rutherford, Joshua Finnie, Max chu
It will be a mostly sunny day at Wellington offering great help to the batters throughout the duel. The temperature woud be hovering between 13-15 degrees Celsius with the humidity levels as high as 63 percent in the latter stages.
A decent wicket to bat on with the average 1st innings total being 154, one could anticipate a scoreline as high as 170 and beyond in the coming game.
The toss winning captain is likely to bat first and capitalize on the sunny conditions at Basin Reserve. Bowlers, especially pacers, might have a hard time and thus the batters could be backed upon to exhibit their dominance in the forthcoming feud.
Otago Volts would be the clear favorites coming into the nerve-wracking encounter.
Although both the teams have enjoyed a fair amount of dominance over each other, the outcome of the immediate contest is likely to wind up in the Volts' favor. With the momentum favoring the Jacob Duffy-led side, one could back them to script a victory at Basin Reserve.
We are backing Otago Volts to win!