November 24, 2021 2:51 PM
Alex Sarwar

Otago Volts vs Central Stags Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Otago Volts vs Central Stags taking place? Otago Volts vs Central Stags will take place on Sunday 28thNovember, 2021 at 00:40 (UK)

Where is Otago Volts vs Central Stags taking place? Otago Volts vs Central Stags will take place at University Oval in Dunedin

What is the expected weather for Otago Volts vs Central Stags? 15-17c with consistent rain and a gentle breeze

Where can I get tickets for Otago Volts vs Central Stags? Click here to buy tickets for Otago Volts vs Central Stags

What TV channel is Otago Volts vs Central Stags on in the UK? Otago Volts vs Central Stags will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Otago Volts vs Central Stags? BT Sport subscribers can stream Otago Volts vs Central Stagslive on the BT Sport Player & app

THE TEAM NEWS

OTAGO VOLTS

  • Otago Volts have enjoyed a strong start to their Plunket Shield campaign and now turn their attention to 20 over cricket, in which a significant improvement is required from their last campaign.
  • Opener Hamish Rutherford has the ability to clear any ground in the country and could get his team off to a strong start here with the bat during the powerplay, whilst Nick Kelly will be hoping to transfer his red ball form into the white ball arena.

CENTRAL STAGS

  • Despite finishing second-place in the league table across the last Super Smash, Central Stags failed to reach the grand final in heart-breaking fashion after seeing a score of 180/7 chased down by Canterbury Kings with just one balls remaining at Eden Park.
  • Both top order batter Will Young and spin-bowler Ajaz Patel will definitely be unavailable due to their Test match commitments with New Zealand, although fast bowler Adam Milne could feature unless he is ordered to rest following a long schedule that has seen him play the T20 Blast, the T20 World Cup and a T20i series against India.

THE PREDICTION

The only way is up for Otago Volts after finishing sixth-place in the 2020-21 Super Smash with just two wins from ten to their name, whilst Central Stags will be desperate to go one better and advance all the way to the final this time round. Whilst it will be important to see the confirmed starting line-ups here due to the number of New Zealand T20i players whose involvement at this time is unknown, the Stags are expected to prove strong at this form of the game once again and represent a very difficult first assignment for Otago. However, whilst Central are to be favoured in this one, the weather forecast Is currently very gloomy indeed and it would be shrewd to wait until it becomes clear whether rain is on the horizon during the scheduled hours of play before backing a winner.

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