About the Match
The second match of the Super Smash T20 series will see Canterbury and Otago teams going up against each other at Christchurch on 14th December. Otago recently suffered defeat against Central Districts but triumphed against Wellington in the Ford Trophy league; Canterbury lost the match against Northern Districts as well as Auckland, and will try to bounce back with a better performance here. This exciting T20 domestic series will see many international players also showing some fireworks across the park; it needs to be seen which team can overcome challenges and emerge victorious on Thursday.
McConchie leads the side which consists of players like Michael Pollard, who scored 119 against Northern D, Davidson, English all-rounder Ben Stokes, Todd Astle, wicket-keeper batsman Cam Fletcher and Chad Bowes. They failed to chase 275 runs in that match, losing the contest by 43 runs. They will need to build strong partnerships right from the start in the upcoming match against Otago if they want to make a winning start.
Spinner Todd Astle took 3 wickets against Northern D batsmen while Matt Henry also dismissed 3 opponents at an economy of 3.5 runs per over. Ben Stokes, Williams and Johnston bring their pace and spin skills to the table, and they got the opponents all-out for 274. However, against Auckland they were not effective enough and couldn’t defend 277 runs.
Stokes, McConchie, Astle and Fletcher stabilize the middle-order while Davidson, Bowes and Pollard can build a good foundation while batting first or during chase. They have a balanced team of batsmen and bowlers, who can help them start the Super Smash series on a winning note.
Neil Broom and Derek de Boorder did well to post half-centuries against Central Districts recently; Rippon top-scored with 61 while Kitchen and Hicks kept the scoreboard ticking to take the total to 287 runs. Spinner Michael Rippon and Rob Nicol took 2 wickets each to slow down the opposition; pacers Hunter, Barnes and Duffy dismissed one wicket each, but they couldn’t stop the Stags from winning the match.
Hunter and Duffy claimed 3 wickets each against Wellington while the others provided regular breakthroughs to restrict the opponents to 253 all-out. Shawn Hicks came out all guns blazing to score 83 off 116 while Broom and Kitchen kept the scoreboard ticking to chase down 254 comfortably. They won the match by 6 wickets with almost 4 overs to spare.
The batting line-up is quite deep with players like Hamish Rutherford, Rob Nicol, Hicks, Broom and Kitchen, who are in good form and can steady the innings in the upcoming match. The bowlers are also doing well, and will try to come out with all their firepower on Thursday.
Both teams have good all-rounders and in-form specialists, who could pose a stiff challenge to the other side. Although the contest could swing either way, we feel that Otago with their in-form batting unit are better placed to win the match