About the Match
Central Districts are on a winning spree, not having lost a game yet and have 14 points in their kitty standing in the 2nd position; they recently defeated Otago, who will be there opponents again in the upcoming match on 21st December at New Plymouth. Otago Volts have also won two games till now and have 8 points on board; they will try their best to outplay Central Districts this time around after losing the previous encounter with them by a narrow margin of 5 runs. It needs to be seen which team can dominate on the field and continue with their winning momentum on Wednesday.
Tom Bruce and Mahela Jayawardene have been in good form with the bat, scoring the big runs for the team batting first against Wellington and Otago in the last two games. While Bruce posted 74 off 41 against Wellington to take the scoreboard to 181, Jayawardene scored 62 off 4 deliveries to steer the innings to 166 against Otago. Will Young, George Worker, Jesse Ryder and Josh Clarkson have contributed well and they can stabilize the innings from the middle.
Medium pacer Blair Tickner and spinner George Worker took 2 scalps each against Wellington and with help from fast bowlers Ben Wheeler and Ryan McCone, who took a wicket each, they restricted the opponents to 172 and won the match.
Against Otago, the bowlers combined their skills well to provide regular breakthroughs and defend the strong total of 181 successfully. Speedsters Seth Rance and Ben Wheeler took 2 wickets each while spinners Worker and Marty Kain claimed one wicket each to help wrap up a win by 5 runs.
The players are doing well with bat and ball, and are motivated to repeat the winning combination against Otago on Wednesday.
Chasing 158 against Knights, Neil Broom posted a well-made 54 while Michael Bracewell scored 41 off 27 to steer the team across the finish line with more than 2 overs to spare. Openers Kitchen and Hamish Rutherford, who scored 39 from 24 deliveries, helped start the chase positively and can try to build a solid foundation in the upcoming match too. Fast-bowler Neil Wagner took a superb 3-22 to stifle the Knights and with help from Kitchen and Barnes, the team restricted the opposition to 157.
In the game against Central Districts previously, pacemen Warren Barnes and James Neesham claimed 2 wickets each while Bradley Scott caused upset for the opponents with the dismissal of Will Young; they did well to restrict them to 166 but the batting line-up crumbled under pressure. Players like Rutherford, Kitchen, Bracewell and Boorder fell cheaply for single digits and Broom was left fighting a lone battle at the top. All-rounders Neesham, Finnie and others down the line tried to revive the innings with their batting skills but they fell short of the target by 5 runs.
They are a strong side with a well-balanced spin and pace combination; the batsmen can try to build steady partnerships whether setting a target or chasing one here against Central Districts.
The last time they met each other, Central Districts had dominated with an all-round performance and have the required armoury to do so again; however, Otago with its recent comeback against Knights has received a morale boost which gives them an edge to earn their revenge against Districts with a much-needed win here.