About the Match
Canterbury pulled off a thrilling win in the one-over eliminator against Wellington after the match was tied; the two teams will now face off in a reverse contest, this time at Wellington on 16th December. Canterbury registered its first win of the season, after suffering defeats at the hands of Central Stags and Auckland; they have 4 points and are placed 5th while Wellington, which continues to be on a losing streak, is at the bottom of the table. The hosts could put up a better performance on home turf and avenge their recent defeat to open their points tally here.
The bowlers did well to restrict Canterbury to 166 runs and the batsmen fought fiercely to achieve the target; despite Luke Ronchi’s unbeaten 58 off 31, and good support by Grant Elliott, Papps and Gulbis, they fell short by 1 run leading to the match getting tied but they put up a lacklustre show in the super-over and lost the match. Bowlers like Brent Arnel, Evan Gulbis and spinner Jeetan Patel took a wicket each while speedster Dernbach also took one scalp but gave away too many runs. Grant Elliott brings his all-rounder skills and can add depth to the bowling attack here.
Against Knights, speedster Brent Arnel was superb with a 3-21 haul while Hamish Bennett and Dernbach took 3 wickets between them to restrict the opposition to 142. Spinners Luke Woodcock and Patel bowled economically and claimed 3 wickets between them; however, the batting line-up crumbled under pressure and despite Tom Blundell’s well-made 63, they lost the match by 7 runs.
They are eager to redeem themselves with a much-needed win on Friday; with experienced batsmen like Ronchi, Elliott, Marshall, Blundell and Patel, they can try to outwit Canterbury here.
Henry Nicholls is in good form as he struck an unbeaten 66 off 40 against Wellington in the last match while batting first; his heroics and useful contributions by Tom Latham and Cam Fletcher helped them post a competitive 166. Despite a superb 2-24 by Todd Astle and quick breakthroughs provided by Matt Henry and Jeremy Benton, they couldn’t stop the opposition from equalling the scoreboard. The batsmen then made good use of the loose balls from Jeetan Patel in the one-over eliminator and won the match.
Against Auckland, Cam Fletcher and Henry Nicholls performed well with the bat, scoring 43 and 39 runs respectively; Tom Latham also supported well with 22 but others fell for single digits, and they could muster only 133 runs. Fast bowlers Ed Nuttall and Andrew Ellis took a wicket each while Jeremy Benton took a wicket with his spin skills; however, others couldn’t stop the opponents from hitting the winning runs.
They have a strong batting line-up with players like Henry Nicholls, Latham and Fletcher, who can stabilise the innings whether batting first or during the chase. Bowlers Hilfenhaus, Matt Henry and captain Andrew Ellis can use their experience to outwit Wellington on Friday.
Canterbury has the psychological advantage after winning the thrilling contest yesterday but we feel that Wellington with motivation to earn redemption and in-form batsmen are better placed to win