About the Match
Otago vs Canterbury 12th Match Super Smash T20 at Alexandra on Dec 26
The Boxing Day match between Otago and Canterbury will take place at Alexandra on 26th December; the last time these two teams met, Canterbury had won by a whopping 134 runs and they will try to dominate here yet again. Canterbury recently defeated Central Districts as well by 17 runs and currently stand at No.2 with 8 points while Otago suffered loss against Northern Knights by 106 runs and are at the bottom of the table with only 2 points. It’s surely going to be an interesting clash and the fans would surely be there in full strength to support their teams.
Chasing 213 against the Knights proved to be an uphill climb for the batsmen and they collapsed like a pack of cards, barring Shawn Hicks who posted a heroic 52 off 28 but his efforts went in vain. Rob Nicol and Brad Wilson scored in double digits, but others failed to impress, and they lost the match by 106 runs. Earlier, fast-bowlers Warren Barnes, who picked up 3-33, James Neesham who claimed 2 wickets and others like Neil Wagner, Jacob Duffy and spinner Ananru Kitchen provided regular breakthroughs, but they couldn’t stop the Knights from galloping to 212.
When they met Canterbury previously, the batsmen had failed to chase down 218 runs exposing the weaknesses in their batting unit. Except Rob Nicol, who scored 26 runs, the others succumbed under pressure and they were all-out for 83 right in the 12th over itself. Pacer Jacob Duffy claimed a superb 5-39 while James Neesham and Warren Barnes took 3 wickets between them; however, they went on to give away easy runs and had to face a challenging total in the end.
Otago hasn’t done well in the batting arena despite having experienced players like Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom and James Neesham in the squad. The pace attack is in good form, but their efforts haven’t yielded the desired results till now.
Batting first against the Stags, Chad Bowes posted a brilliant 82 off 55 while wicket-keeper batsman Cam Fletcher scored 43 off 23 to help take the total to 174 runs. Earlier, spinner Jeremy Benton claimed 3-27 while others like Cole McConchie and Tim Johnston took a wicket each; pacers Ben Stokes and Ed Nutall also dismissed one opponent each to stifle the Stags to 157 and win the match by 17 runs.
Previously against Central Districts, the batsmen failed to chase down 214 runs despite Fletcher’s unbeaten 74 and a good show by Cole McConchie, who posted a well-made 54 off 37. Michael Pollard, Chad Bowes and Ben Stokes tried to keep the scoreboard ticking, but in the end, they fell short of the target by 8 runs. Speedsters Andrew Ellis and McConchie took 3 wickets between them while spinners Tim Johnston and Blake Coburn took a wicket each to restrict the Stags at 213.
When they met Otago in the beginning of the series, Ben Stokes showcased his all-rounder skills by scoring a superb 93 off 47 and took a wicket to help win the match by 134 runs. Spinner Todd Astle took 3-18 while pacers Matt Henry, McConchie and Andrew Ellis took 6 wickets between them.
Canterbury has been on a winning roll and are performing better than Otago; with hard-hitting batsmen and several all-rounders in the team, Canterbury is better placed to win on Tuesday.