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Super Smash 2021-22 – Central Districts vs Otago Volts – 8th Match Prediction

It’s time for the Super Smash top two teams to face off once more. Central Districts and Otago Volts are currently ranked first and second in the points table, and both would like to maintain their positions. The Districts defeated Otago in their first meeting this season, and they will be favourites again this time around because they will be playing at home. Meanwhile, the Otago Volts are coming off a fine three-wicket win over the Northern Knights and will be hoping for a better performance this time.

The match will take place on December 18, 2021, at the McLean Park in Napier.

Match Details to Note

Match: Central Districts vs Otago Volts, 8th Match, Super Smash 2021-22

Date: December 18, 2021 (Saturday)

Time: 7:10 AM IST

Venue: McLean Park, Napier

Central Districts vs Otago Volts Team Previews

Central Districts (Match Odds – 1.75)

Central Districts suffered their first loss of the season against Canterbury in their final game after winning the first two. They were bowled out for 125 while chasing a 173-run target. Their net run rate has now dropped to -0.392 as a result of the 47-run loss.

Dane Cleaver has two failures following his sensational 114* in the first game against Otago. Greg Hay, too, has been indecisive. Tom Bruce, the captain, can play an anchor innings, as he demonstrated recently against Wellington with an unbeaten 69 off 48 balls. But the one to keep an eye on is Josh Clarkson, who has shown incredible touch down the order and is currently striking it at 223.25 this season.

On the bowling front, the Districts have done well, with Doug Bracewell leading the way with 5 wickets in three matches. Seth Rance and Jayden Lennox are also reliable players, but Blair Tickner, who has been costly this season, could be their weak link.

Central Districts Squad

Greg Hay, Bayley Wiggins, Dane Cleaver (wk), Tom Bruce (c), Christian Leopard, Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, Ben Wheeler, Jayden Lennox, Blair Tickner, Seth Rance, Joey Field

Predicted XI: Greg Hay, Bayley Wiggins, Dane Cleaver (wk), Christian Leopard, Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, Ben Wheeler, Blair Tickner, Jayden Lennox, Seth Rance

Otago Volts (Match Odds – 2.10)

Otago Volts have recovered well after losing their first game against Central Districts. They had the Northern Knights on the ropes in their second match, but it was rained out. They chased down a target of 147 with 3 wickets and 2 balls to spare in their next game against the same opponents.

They have a solid batting lineup with men in form. Skipper Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, and Anaru Kitchen all appeared to be in good spirits. Llew Johnson, whose 25 off 13 balls in the previous match helped Otago win, is another batter to keep an eye on.

Anaru Kitchen, who has been consistent with his left-arm spin, will also open the bowling. Jacob Duffy and Matthew Bacon have also impressed. Michael Rippon, the left-arm chinaman who was smashed for 50 from three overs in Otago’s last match against Central Districts, has also found his form.

Otago Volts Squad

Hamish Rutherford (c), Llew Johnson, Jacob Duffy, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Dale Phillips, Matthew Bacon, Max Chu (wk), Neil Broom, Jake Gibson, Josh Finnie, Nick Kelly, Travis Muller, Angus McKenzie

Predicted XI: Hamish Rutherford (c), Llew Johnson, Jacob Duffy, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Dale Phillips, Travis Muller, Max Chu (wk), Neil Broom, Angus McKenzie, Josh Finnie

Central Districts vs Otago Volts Toss Prediction

Batting first teams have won 10 of the 15 games played here. As a result, the team that wins the toss will bat first.

Pitch and Weather Conditions

Northern Districts has the highest total at McLean Park in Napier, with 230-5. Batting first, the average score is 174, and totals of more than 190 have been achieved four times at this venue. This should be a high-scoring match, with the team batting first aiming for a total of more than 185 runs.

This is an excellent batting wicket that holds up well over the course of 40 overs. Batters will have a good time, and seamers can go for runs if there is no movement off the surface. Spinners, on the other hand, may be useful if their variations are well balanced.

The weather in Napier is expected to be sunny and pleasant on the day of the game.

Central Districts vs Otago Volts Head to Head

Total Matches Played: 24

Matches won by Central Districts: 13

Matches won by Otago Volts: 11

It’s a very close tussle between Otago Volts and Central Districts in Super Smash.

Central Districts vs Otago Volts Match Prediction

Central Districts has now won four of the last five games against Otago. When they play at home, they will start as favourites. Despite the loss in the previous match, they have a balanced lineup that appears to be in good shape. Otago, on the other hand, will be buoyed by their recent victory. If their batting unit performs well, they may surprise the Districts.

Central Districts is the favourite to beat Otago Volts at the odds of 1.75.

  • The Otago Volts are coming off a victory over the Northern Knights.
  • Josh Clarkson has been averaging 223.25 this season and will be the batsman to keep an eye on for the Districts.
  • Otago will rely on their batting lineup to perform.

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