About the Match
Central Districts defeated Canterbury recently by 8 runs, and they stand in the 5th place with 4 points; the two teams will yet again take on each other at Rangiora on 22nd December for the 8th match of the league. Canterbury is presently in the 3rd place with 4 points, and would be eager to avenge its previous defeat; they had registered an emphatic win against Otago by defeating them by 134 runs in the beginning of the series. Both teams are strong units with experienced players and young talent; it will be interesting to see which team can overcome the challenges on Friday and emerge victorious.
When they played against Central Districts previously, the batsmen had to face a challenging target of 214 and they failed to cross the finish line by a meager 8 runs. The bowlers put up a dismal show with players like McConchie, Will Williams and Ben Stokes proving to be expensive and not being able to take wickets. Cole McConchie scored a well-made 54 during the chase while wicket-keeper batsman Cam Fletcher posted an unbeaten 74 off 39; however, they missed the target by a narrow margin.
Against Otago, Ben Stokes posted a brilliant 93 off 47 to power them to 217 runs batting first. Michael Pollard, Cole McConchie and Tim Johnston kept the scoreboard ticking while the bowling department led by spinner Todd Astle’s 3-18 dismissed the opposition all-out for 83.
Speedsters Matt Henry and Andrew Ellis also took 2 wickets apiece while spinner Cole McConchie and Ben Stokes took 3 wickets between them.
They are a strong unit with many all-rounders and in-form bowlers, who can try to stifle the Stags here and bounce back with a win.
Jesse Ryder is in good form with the bat and he showcased his skills by scoring a well-made 84 off 40 against Canterbury recently. Captain Will Young also posted 53 while lower-order batsman Josh Clarkson scored a quick fire 28 off 15 to take the total to 213. Bowlers Seth Rance and Blair Tickner dismissed 2 opponents each to help defend the total while Bevan Small and Ben Wheeler took a wicket each to wrap up a win by 8 runs.
Against Auckland however, they couldn’t defend 192 runs; pacers Blair Tickner, Adam Milne and Ben Wheeler took 4 wickets between them while spinner Tom Bruce also dismissed one opponent to stifle the Auckland batsmen but failed to win the match in the end. Earlier, Ryder posted a well-made 54 while George Worker and Bracewell pitched in with 40 and 32 runs respectively.
The Stags have the psychological advantage of having won previously against Canterbury and they could strategize well again here on Friday.
Central Districts come here at the back of a win against the same opponent, and could pose a stiff challenge; however, we feel that with in-form all-rounders on their side, Canterbury could make a comeback here with a win.