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Super Smash continued to go downhill for Auckland Aces as they faced yet another defeat, against Canterbury Kings, leaving the competition effectively between the five teams. Just inside the top-four sides are Otago Volts who would be looking to strengthen their chances going forward in the tournament.
The Otago Volts are set to take on Wellington Firebirds in the 15th Super Smash encounter, which is to be played at University Oval, Dunedin, on 14th January 2021. Considering that the Firebirds have been in a rampaging mood in the tournament, things are not going to be easy for the Volts. They are a capable unit and a cracker of a contest is certainly on the cards.
It's been almost around a week since the Volts last played a match in Super Smash. They looked out of touch in that match and this break would have done them a world of good. Even despite two losses, they are in decent shape and a couple of good wins from here should them well in truly in contention to qualify for the playoffs. They have eight points in four matches with a dismal net run-rate of -0.79.
Otago's campaign in the competition thus has been pretty topsy turvy. They started off in a spectacular fashion, registering a massive win over Auckland Aces, but were defeated by Canterbury Kings in their subsequent match. They bounced back to winning ways with their win over Northern Knights but failed to build on the momentum as they thereafter suffered a defeat at the hands of Central Stags.
In their last match, their batsmen and bowlers both failed to do anything of substance as Volts failed to chase a massive total. While everyone except Anaru Kitchen found success, most of their bowlers were a little too expensive. With the bat, as well, there wasn't any intent from their top-order as they always lagged the asking run-rate. They eventually finished with a total of 170, which turned out to be 54 runs short of what they needed to score.
On paper, the Volts have a decent unit with both departments well covered. Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, and Nick Kelly have shown glimpses of brilliance, but have not been consistent. The same has been the case for their bowling, which has blown hot and cold so far. In the upcoming game, it will all depend on what they bring out. Against a team like Firebirds, they'd have to bring out their A-game and if they can do that, the Volts will be in business.
Mitchell Renwick, Hamish Rutherford, Nick Kelly, NT Broom, Llew Johnson, MJ Rippon, Anaru Kitchen, Jacob Duffy, Michael Rae, MJ Mcclenaghan, Matthew Bacon.
The Firebirds have undoubtedly been the best team in the tournament and their position on the points table reflects that. They are currently placed at the top of the points table with 16 points to their name and a terrific net run-rate of 2.117.
Wellington Firebirds are yet to be defeated in the tournament and if there has been any change in their performance since the tournament started, it's only been positive. As we have moved forward in the tournament, their dominance has only grown. Their recent win came over Northern Districts as they won the match by a massive margin of 80 runs.
With the likes of Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, and Finn Allen available at the top, the Firebirds' batting is as good as any. They have versatile all-rounders available as well, which not only adds depth to their batting lineup but also allows the skipper to shuffle the bowlers around. On top of that, they have been pretty consistent in the tournament on the whole.
Given the team, the Firebirds have on paper and the performance in the tournament so far, the Volts will have to play out of their skins to defeat the Firebirds in this important fixture.
Devon Conway, Tom Blundell, Michael Bracewell, Finn Allen, Jamie Gibson, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Hamish Bennett, PY Husband, Ben Sears, Logan van Beek.
Even though both sides are well and truly in contention for the playoffs, there is a truckload of difference between these two. While the Firebirds have produced flawless cricket thus far, the Volts have blown hot and cold. Wellington Firebirds have been a better side between the two on all accounts and getting past them is going to be difficult for the Volts. We are backing Firebirds to win this match as well.
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