2019-20 Super Smash – Central Stags vs Otago Volts Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Central Stags vs Otago Volts taking place? Thursday 2nd January, 2020 – 06:10 (UK)

Where is Central Stags vs Otago Volts taking place? McLean Park, Napier

What is the expected weather for Central Stags vs Otago Volts? 23c in clear, sunny skies

What channel is Central Stags vs Otago Volts on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Central Stags vs Otago Volts? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Central Stags vs Otago Volts? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=CRICKET20

THE TEAM NEWS

CENTRAL STAGS

  • After opening the competition with successive wins, Central Stags have failed to win any of their next four with three defeats to their name after they were edged out in a narrow contest against Auckland Aces in their latest contest.
  • The Aces managed to post 210/4 with the bowling unit struggling on the whole and only Blair Tickner managed to keep his economy rate below 10 which highlighted their issues with the ball.
  • George Worker notched a half-century to get his side off to a good start in their response and skipper Tom Bruce followed suit but the Stags left themselves needing 25 off the final over and despite a huge effort by Willem Ludick, his side fell agonisingly short as they lost by two runs.

OTAGO VOLTS

  • Otago Volts made it back-to-back wins as they continued their march towards the final with a comfortable victory over Canterbury Kings and victory in this game would give them one foot into that game.
  • The Volts have lost just one of their six games so far and boast the most impressive record in the competition thanks to the 51-run win over the Kings which was largely thanks to a superb bowling display.
  • Having made 190/5 thanks largely to Josh Finnie’s superb unbeaten 71 off just 36 balls, the result never looked in doubt as the Volts’ bowling unit ripped through their opponents with Michael Rae leading the way with three wickets.

THE PREDICTION

Central Stags are struggling to find a way to win and that spells trouble for them ahead of this game with the in-form Otago Volts. The Stags left themselves with too much to do in their last outing and despite almost pulling off what would have been a remarkable victory in the final over, they fell to their third defeat in four games. The Volts had no such trouble as they brushed aside their opponents and their superior bowling attack should prove too good for the Stags in this contest.

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