2019-20 Super Smash – Otago Volts vs Auckland Aces Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Otago Volts vs Auckland Aces taking place? Friday 17th January, 2020 – 03:10 (UK)

Where is Otago Volts vs Auckland Aces taking place? University Oval, Dunedin

What is the expected weather for Otago Volts vs Auckland Aces? 17c in bright sunshine and clear skies

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

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

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

THE TEAM NEWS

OTAGO VOLTS

  • Otago Volts blew the chance to progress to their first Super Smash final in their last four campaigns as they fell to defeat against Canterbury Kings in their final game of the round robin.
  • Had the Volts won that game, they would have hosted the final but instead they must now compete in the preliminary final against Auckland Aces after the six-wicket loss to the Kings with their bowling attack failing to get the job done.
  • The Volts posted 167/5 thanks to half-centuries from Neil Broom and Nick Kelly but could not keep the run rate down sufficiently to defend that total and ended up losing by six wickets.

AUCKLAND ACES

  • Auckland Aces produced a strong display in their final game of the round robin as they overcame the side at the top of the standings in Wellington Firebirds to secure their spot in the final three.
  • Kyle Jamieson and Mark Chapman combined for five wickets as they did a good job against the dangerous batting line-up of the Firebirds and managed to give themselves a target of 166 to chase for the win.
  • If Chapman’s efforts with the ball were not enough, he stepped up again as he scored 58* to put on 132 with Craig Cachopa for a vital fourth-wicket partnership which helped guide the Aces to this preliminary final.

THE PREDICTION

Otago Volts may be left to rue their performance in their final round robin game as they missed the chance to qualify directly for the final in a game they would have hosted. They must now compete in the preliminary final against Auckland Aces in a game that could go either way. Otago boast the superior batting line-up but they must show that in this game or face another disappointing outcome but that loss to Canterbury Kings in their last game may have provided them with the wake-up call they needed and the Volts should be able to come out on top to advance to the final.

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