Match 18 of the 2022–23 Super Smach will take place on Sunday afternoon at the University of Otago Oval between the Otago Volts and the Wellington Firebirds. The Volts are currently in fifth place with eight points from their first five games. With 14 points from five games, the Firebirds lead the league. Keep an eye out for our preview of this game.
In Otago, the game begins at 14:40 local time. Because they have players who have won matches, the Otago Volts will be motivated by the possibility of defeating the team at the top of the table. On their home field, they have a good chance of causing problems for the Firebirds.
In the 2022-23 Super Smash, the Wellington Firebirds had a strong start, but bad weather and a loss have slowed them down. They will need to perform at their absolute best if they want to win this match again.
We anticipate that the overhead conditions won’t change much during the match and that both teams will want to field first.
Wellington Firebirds are favorites to win
There are a lot of runs on this surface, and batters can rely on the bounce’s pace and consistency. We anticipate a par score of around 170-180.
It’s partly cloudy, but the temperature stays around 25 degrees all day. It will be extremely humid from the beginning to the end of the match.
Our pick for leading the Wellington Firebirds in run scoring in this match is Rachin Ravindra, who played against the Otago Volts earlier this week and scored 113 runs off 102 balls. Our pick for the Wellington Firebirds’ most wickets against Otago Volts is Logan van Beek, who has taken four wickets with the bat in the match.
Dean Foxcroft, the tournament’s leading run-scorer and top-order batter is our pick for Otago Volts’ highest run scorer against Wellington Firebirds. Jacob Duffy, a pace bowler, took the most wickets for the Otago Volts in this match, taking 2-27 against the Auckland Aces.
This match will be shown live on BT Sport, SKY Sports NZ, and Hotstar.
Hamish Rutherford (c), Dale Phillips, Dean Foxcroft, Josh Finnie, Thorn Parkes (wk), Llew Johnson, Jake Gibson, Jacob Duffy, Michael Rae, Ben Lockrose, Matthew Bacon
Devan Vishvaka, Nick Kelly, Rachin Ravindra, Troy Johnson, Nathan Smith, Ollie Newton, Tim Robinson, Callum McLachlan (wk), Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband (c)
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