About the Match
The Volts lost their last game against Auckland by 22 runs, failing to open their points tally; they are placed 5th and will take on Northern Knights, who have 6 points after their win against Wellington, on 14th December at Dunedin. The Knights’ last match against Central Stags was abandoned due to rain but they put up a tough fight; they will leave no stone unturned to conquer the opposition on the field. The upcoming contest could surely go down to the wire provided the rains don’t play havoc; whichever side uses its resources cleverly, will have the upper hand to win.
Chasing a tall target of 199 runs, top-order batsmen Anaru Kitchen and Derek de Boorder posted a 64-run partnership for the 2nd wicket; Broom and Wilson did well to keep the scoreboard ticking but they fell short of the target by 22 runs. Speedster Bradley Scott took 2 wickets while others like Barnes and Duffy took a wicket each but proved to be expensive; paceman Neil Wagner and spinner Josh Finnie bring their skills to the team and can add variety to the attack.
They have experienced batsmen like Hamish Rutherford, Brad Wilson, Neil Broom and other all-rounders, who can help build steady partnerships whether batting first or during the chase. The bowlers can provide quick breakthroughs and also put up a disciplined spell to contain the Knights here.
They haven’t yet won a game but have a good pool of resources that can help them dominate on Tuesday; Rutherford could lead from the front and contribute to building a solid foundation.
Batting first against Stags, Dean Brownlie led the team from the front scoring 43 from 31 balls; Daryl Mitchell and Kuggeleijn scored 34 and 24 runs respectively to take the total to 137. The contest was evenly placed but it was abandoned in the second half due to rains. They have an experienced batting line-up with players like Brownlie, Reardon, all-rounder Anderson,Joe Carter and Mitchell, who can try to post a formidable total while setting a target or chase one with ease.
The bowling squad has speedsters like Daryl Mitchell, who took 4-35 against Wellington and demolished their top-order, and Ben Laughlin who registered a brilliant 3-13 in the same match to restrict Wellington to 135 in reply to their team’s 142. Spinners Jono Boult, Ish Sodhi and medium pacer Gibson add depth to the attack and helped the team register a fine win in the round robin.
They have strong all-rounders like Mitchell, Anderson, Sodhi and Boult who can up their ante when needed to help the team dominate the opponents here.
While Otago is yet to taste success this season, they will be motivated to bring out all their firepower on Tuesday; however, the Knights who performed well in their first two games, have more experienced players in their side, who look better placed to take the team safely home