Both the Wellington Firebirds and the Central Districts have started the new Super Smash season with a win. In their first match, Wellington defeated Canterbury, while the Central Districts defeated Otago. Both will now compete in what could be a nail-biting game. Wellington has beaten Central Districts in their last three meetings and thus has the advantage.
The match will take place on December 5, 2021, at the Basin Reserve in Hamilton.
Match Details to Note
Match: Wellington Firebirds vs Central Districts, 4th Match, Super Smash 2021-22
Date: December 05, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 7:10 AM IST
Venue: Basin Reserve, Hamilton
Wellington Firebirds vs Central Districts Team Previews
The defending champion Wellington Firebirds couldn’t have started the season any better. After batting first against Canterbury, they scored a healthy 177-7 and then won the game by 27 runs. The fact that almost everyone contributed to this performance was a plus. On the batting front, opener Finn Allen smashed 57 off 37 balls and was well supported by Luke Georgeson (30 off 22 balls). Captain Michael Bracewell (27 off 17 balls) batted well, and a late cameo of 17 off 11 balls from Logan van Beek pushed their total above par.
Wellington’s bowling was expected to deliver, and it did not disappoint, with Hamish Bennett (2-30 off 4 overs) doing a fine job at the start and Bracewell’s spell of 3-22 choking the opposition. Nathan Smith was expensive, conceding 40 runs in four overs, but that isn’t a major concern for the Firebirds, who also have Logan van Beek to rely on. This is without a doubt one of the league’s most potent bowling teams.
Wellington Firebirds Squad
Callum McLachlan, Jakob Bhula, Michael Bracewell, Troy Johnson, James Neesham, Jamie Gibson, Luke Georgeson, Peter Younghusband, Rachin Ravindra, Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett, Ian McPeake, Logan van Beek, Michael Snedden, Nathan Smith, Ollie Newton
Predicted XI: Finn Allen (wk), Luke Georgeson, Nick Greenwood, Michael Bracewell (c), Tim Robinson, Jamie Gibson, Nathan Smith, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett
The Central Districts demonstrated their batting prowess in their first game of the season. They finished the game in 19 overs with 5 wickets in hand while chasing an intimidating target of 185 against Otago. Dane Cleaver, who hit 114 off 54 balls and never let Otago back into the game, was their hero. Opener Greg Hay’s 56 was also useful. The Districts have a formidable lineup that includes skipper Tom Bruce, Bayley Wiggins, and Christian Leopard.
In the previous game, their bowling could have been better, but they didn’t get much help from the wicket. Despite the fact that almost everyone else went for runs, Doug Bracewell (1-29 off 4 overs) and Seth Rance (1-33 off 4 overs) impressed with their lengths. Jayden Lennox, the left-arm spinner, was also economical, and his performance will be critical in this game.
Central Districts Squad
Ben Smith, Greg Hay, Ross Taylor, Tom Bruce, Will Young, Brad Schmulian, Doug Bracewell, Josh Clarkson, Bayley Wiggins (wk), Dane Cleaver (wk), Adam Milne, Ajaz Patel, Ben Wheeler, Blair Tickner, Jayden Lennox, Joey Field, Ray Toole, Seth Rance
Predicted XI: Greg Hay, Bayley Wiggins, Dane Cleaver (wk), Ben Smith, Tom Bruce (c), Christian Leopard, Doug Bracewell, Ben Wheeler, Jayden Lennox, Blair Tickner, Seth Rance
Wellington Firebirds vs Central Districts Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss may be tempted to bat first because this is a true wicket and teams that bat first have won 16 of the 28 games played here.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Wellington has the highest total at the Basin Reserve of 200-5. The average score for the team batting first, on the other hand, is 160. Totals above 190 have only been attained three times here, while totals between 170 and 189 have been attained seven times. Expect the team batting first to score somewhere between 170-180 runs.
The wicket at Wellington’s Basin Reserve usually remains true throughout the game. While it does tend to slow down in the middle overs, this will be a new surface, so expect it to remain difficult for this match. Spinners will find some traction, but batters will shine.
On the day of the match, the weather in Wellington will be cloudy and windy. If the weather is cloudy at the start, seafarers can get some assistance as well.
Wellington Firebirds vs Central Districts Match Prediction
Wellington has won all three of their previous meetings with Central Districts. Furthermore, they will have the advantage of playing at home. They will have to be wary of the Districts’ batting prowess, which can be unleashed on a good batting surface. Their bowling, on the other hand, is on the weaker side, and Wellington is a much more balanced team. They should dominate this game and extend their winning streak over the Districts.
Wellington Firebirds is the favourite to beat Central Districts at the odds of 1.75.
- In the last game, the defending champions Wellington put on a complete all-around performance.
- Dane Cleaver, who smashed 114 off 54 balls in the previous match for Central Districts, is the man to watch.
- Wellington Firebirds has had a clear advantage over Central Districts in recent years and would like to keep it.
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