Super Smash T20 Prediction: Central Stags vs Otago Volts
January 2, 2020
McLean Park, Napier
The 19th match of the Super Smash 2019-20 season will see table leaders Otago Volts take on 3rd placed Central Stags.
Volts led by Jacob Duffy, have had a dream run so far with 4 wins in 6 matches with their last two matches being won by gigantic margins. The likes of Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, and Michael Rae have done a commendable job off late and would be banked upon in the coming game as well.
Meanwhile, Central Stags who started their T20 campaign with wins in the initial two matches have been struggling to score a triumph of late. The Tom Bruce-captained side has lost three matches in a row and would possibly wish to avoid a fourth in the coming bout.
Central Stags performance in Super Smash T20:
Tom Bruce (41-ball 67) and George Worker (39-ball 62) were the top-performers with the bat in the previous match against Auckland Aces. Bruce (218 runs in 6 innings) has been the highest run-getter for Central Stags this season and would carry the onus of scoring the chunk of runs in the upcoming T20.
Dean Cleaver (132 runs in 6 innings) and Kieran Barnett (124 runs in 6 innings) have laid concrete exhibitions while batting in the middle order.
Among the bowlers, spinner Ajaz Patel (10 wickets in 6 innings) and Kieran Barnett (9 wickets in 6 innings) are occupying the first and third spots in the leading wicket-takers tally in Super Smash 2019-20. Blair Tickner (6 wickets in 5 innings) has been one of the vital cogs in the powerplay overs and would look to capitalize on his pace prowess versus Otago Volts.
Otago Volts performance in Super Smash T20:
Volts have a solid top-order in Neil Broom (238 runs in 6 innings), Nick Kelly (222 runs in 6 innings) and Hamish Rutherford (158 runs in 6 innings). Broom is topping the batting charts in the concurrent edition of Super Smash and would look to continue his stellar run in the coming games.
Josh Finnie (145 runs in 5 innings) has been pretty sensational in the middle-order, in fact, he scored a match-winning 36-ball 71* in the recent contest against Canterbury.
Pacer Nathan Smith (9 wickets in 5 innings) would be spearheading the bowling department. Skipper Jacob Duffy and Michael Rae have picked 6 wickets each this season and along with spinner Anaru Kitchen would look to dominate the Stags.
Central Stags vs Otago Volts Predicted XI:
Dane Cleaver, George Worker, Christian Leopard, Tom Bruce, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Josh Clarkson, Willem Ludick, Ryan Watson, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Seth Rance
Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, Anaru Kitchen, Nick Kelly, Josh Finnie, Jacob Duffy, Dean Foxcroft, Max Chu (wk), Michael Rippon, Nathan G Smith, Michael Rae
Central Stags put 221 runs on the scoreboard in the Super Smash 2019-20 season opener while playing at McLean Park, Napier. The Stags hit 12 fours and 17 sixes in their innings while 43 boundaries were hit the game.
However, in the second game at the venue this season, Central Stags defended a total of 164 against Canterbury Kings and won the game by 30 runs.
2 international t20 matches have been played at the venue. One of them saw England scored 241/3 in 20 overs while the other saw New Zealand chase down 143 in 18 overs.
Average first innings score- 191
1 game was won by team batting first while the chasing team won the other game.
Meanwhile, out of 3 games played at the venue in Super Smash 2018-19, teams batting first won all 3 games.
Super Smash T20: Central Stags vs Otago Volts Prediction
- Central Stags have defeated Otago Volts on 3 out of 4 occasions at McClean Park.
- Tom Bruce (218 runs in 6 innings) has been the highest run-getter for Central Stags this season.
- Ajaz Patel (10 wickets in 6 innings) and Kieran Barnett (9 wickets in 6 innings) are occupying the first and third spots in the leading wicket-takers tally in Super Smash 2019-20.
- Neil Broom (238 runs in 6 innings) is currently leading the batting charts in Super Smash 2019-20.
- Nathan G Smith has picked 9 wickets in 5 innings and is the Volts leading and Super Smash 2019-20 4th wicket-taker so far.