Super Smash 2019-20 Match Prediction: Auckland Aces vs Otago Volts
December 14, 2019
Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
The second game of Super Smash League (2019) will see the most successful team of Super Smash, Auckland Aces, face Otago Volts in their season opener. Aces have won the title 4 times and finishes runners-up on 3 occasions. In two final, they beat Volts.
Meanwhile, Otago Volts have won the Super Smash 2 times. The first title in 2008-09 came after the final was washed out and the Volts were declared winners as they had topped the league stage.
However, none of these sides have won in the last 3 years and would be eager to break that drought when they kick off the Supers Smash 2019-20.
Auckland Aces’s performance in Super Smash T20:
Auckland Aces are one of the most successful teams of the Super Smash League but haven’t won since 2015-16. They came close in the 2018-19 after finishing second on the points table with six wins and two losses but lost to Central Stags. They would be eager to end the 3-year Super Smash title drought.
Auckland Aces have plenty of firepower in their batting department with the likes of Colin Munro, Craig Cachopa, Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman. Munro is currently the third-best batsman in the world in the game’s shortest format and can be really destructive once he gets going. Cachopa was one of the team’s most consistent batsmen in 2018-19 with 223 runs at a strike-rate of close to 150.
Meanwhile, Mitchell McClenaghan was Super Smash 2018-19’s second highest wicket taker with 17 wickets. He along with Ben Lister and Will Somerville will be the main weapons with the ball.
Otago Volts’s performance in Super Smash T20:
Otago Volts would be eager to end their 6-year Super Smash title drought this season. Their campaign begin against an Auckland side which was ruthless in 2018-19.
Volts failed to make it past the league round last time, finishing fourth on the leaderboard with three wins and five losses.
Otago Volts have a few talented batsmen in their squad – Hamish Rutherford, Anaru Kitchen, Neil Broom and Mitch Renwick are all capable of making healthy contributions with the bat. Rutherford scored 227 runs in eight innings last season and finished among the tournament’s top ten batsmen. Kitchen was Volts’ next best batsman with 213 runs.
In terms of bowling, the Volts will bank on Jacob Duffy, Nathan Smith, Michael Rippon and Josh Finnie to deliver the goods. Duffy had a successful campaign last time with 13 wickets in nine matches and the fast bowler will be expected to replicate that form this season.
Auckland Aces vs Otago Volts Predicted line up:
Colin Munro, Craig Cachopa, Glenn Phillips (wk), Robert O’Donnell, Mark Chapman, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Lister, Will Somerville, Matt McEwan, Jamie Brown.
Hamish Rutherford, Dean Philips, Anaru Kitchen, Neil Broom, Mitch Renwick (wk), Michael Rippon, Dean Foxcroft, Jacob Duffy, Nathan Smith, Josh Finnie, Christi Viljoen.
Pitch Report for today's Super Smash T20
Out of 6 Super Smash matches played in 2018-19 at the Eden Park Outer Oval, 3 were won by the chasing team while 1 was abandoned. A lot of runs are expected as only 1 of the 5 games, saw a score of less than 170.
396 runs were scored in the last Super Smash game played at the venue.
Today's T20 Match: Auckland Aces vs Otago Volts Prediction
- Otago Volts will be keen to improve their bowling discipline this season as they were 1 of the teams giving away most extras during 2018-19 Super Smash season including 20 against Wellington Firebirds.
- Auckland put 170 plus runs on the scoreboard 4 times last season all at the home ground while they crossed the 150-run mark away from home only once – 153/9 – during the 2018-19 Super Smash season.
- Craig Cachopa and Robert O’Donnell had a 68 runs partnership while playing the same fixture during 2018-19 Super Smash season.
- Otago Volts gave away 15 extras including 13 wides during the same fixture during the 2018-19 season.