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The Super Smash 2018-19 continues with the Central Districts Stags taking on the Wellington Firebirds. Both the sides have a bit of a rough start to the Super Smash and are still looking to get into the groove of things.
The Central Districts Stags have one out of the two matches they have played while the Wellington Firebirds have lost two out of the three they have played so far. In the case of the Wellington Firebirds, the third match was a washout and so they have still not registered a single win in the Super Smash T20 tournament this season.
The Central Stags will be very disappointed at the manner in which they capitulated in front of the Auckland Aces in their last match. They were bowled out for 107 and then were blasted to all corners of the ground by Martin Guptill.
This performance came on the back of a very good performance which saw the Central Stags win their first match against the Northern Knights. Tom Bruce made a score of 99 in the opening match of the competition but he was not able to make any sort of reasonable contribution in the next one.
There are some very good players in the Central Stags side. George Worker is an excellent batter to have at the top of the inning. He looked in good touch before getting out in the last match and we think a big inning may be around the corner for him.
With players like Dane Cleaver, Will Young, and Tom Bruce to follow, the Central Stags certainly have a strong batting lineup.
The Wellington Firebirds don’t have the strongest of bowling attacks and so the Central Stags batsmen must be lining up to have a hit in the next game.
The Central Stags would be proud of the performance their bowling unit put up in the last match, though. They did not have any sort of decent score and were up against blockbuster batting order of the Auckland Aces but Wheeler, Rance, and Bracewell bowled very well and managed to take 5 wickets between them.
That performance is going to give a lot of confidence to the Central Stags and we think we can expect another good performance from them in this match.
George Worker, Dane Cleaver, Will Young, Tom Bruce, Josh Clarkson, KN Barnett, Dean Foxcroft, Ben Wheeler, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner, Willem Ludick.
The Wellington Firebirds would have been devastated by losing their last match against the Otago Volts. There were several instances where it looked like the Wellington Firebirds had the match in their grasp only to end up losing it by 2 runs.
The Firebirds were chasing a total of 168 and were 107 for no loss at one stage in 10 overs. To lose from that position is going to take some recovering from.
There are a lot of positives to take from the Wellington Firebirds performance in the last match even though the collapse that led to their defeat is going to hog most of the headlines.
For one thing, Jimmy Neesham continued his splendid domestic season and picked up four wickets in the match. He has been rewarded with a place in the New Zealand national side once more and so is going to be leaving the Wellington Firebirds very soon.
Jeetan Patel continued to bowl with a lot of control and gave away just 28 runs in his four overs.
Conway and Bracewell in the top order got a lot of runs and are going to be leading the batting for the Firebirds in the time to come as well. Bracewell scored 60 runs off 29 deliveries while Conway scored 47 runs from 37 deliveries to set up the match for their side. It is unfortunate that the other batters could not take advantage of that platform.
There are some other good batsmen in the side, though, Blundell, Hose, and Neesham are all very good with the bat. They had a bad day the last time around but should not be counted out just yet.
The Wellington Firebirds are a very good side that should be able to give its opponents a run for their money. We just worry about their depth in bowling and the ability of the middle order to score runs under pressure.
Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell, Adam Hose, Malcolm Nofal, TA Blundell, Michael Pollard, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Jeetan Patel, Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett.
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The Super Smash match between Central Districts Stags and Wellington Firebirds is going to be played at the Puekura Park, New Plymouth. The weather forecast for the match is not the best and some rain has been predicted on the morning of the match.
Hopefully, though, the weather should clear by the time the match gets underway.
The pitch is expected to be flat and full of runs for the batsmen.
The Central Stags have defeated the Wellington Firebirds in four of the last five matches they have played against them. They have a good batting unit and a capable bowling attack as well.
Back the Central Stags to win.
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