Auckland Aces would be without opener Colin Munro who is part of the New Zealand T20I team playing against India. The innings would be kicked off by Glenn Phillips who has international experience behind his back.
The team also has other talented batters in Robert o'Donnell and skipper Craig Cachopa. Cachopa is the team's highest run-scorer and last scored a 39-ball 60 against Knights.
Among the bowlers, Mitchell McClenaghan will lead the pack and has 14 wickets from seven matches. He would be assisted by Matthew Quinn and William Sommerville. Sommerville picked up a three-wicket haul in the reverse encounter and would be high on confidence.
Central Districts will miss the services of Blair Tickner who is part of the New Zealand T20I squad. In the last match that the Stags played, Dean Foxcroft scored a half-century while George Worker contributed 44. These two along with skipper Tom Bruce would be the leading batters for the districts.
In the bowling department, Ben Wheeler, Seth Rance and Ajaz Patel would be the main threats. Wheeler is getting better with every passing match and returned with figures of 2-12 in the reverse fixture.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Auckland Aces- Glenn Phillips (wk), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (c), Robert O'Donnell, Graeme Beghin, Donovan Grobbelaar, Ronnie Hira, William Somerville, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matthew Quinn
Central Districts- George Worker, Will Young, Dean Foxcroft, Tom Bruce (c), Kieran Noema-Barnett, Josh Clarkson, Ben Wheeler, Bayley Wiggins (wk), Seth Rance, Ajaz Patel, Adam Milne
Who will win? – Auckland Aces
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Craig Cachopa (Auckland Aces), Tom Bruce (Central Districts)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mitchell McClenaghan (Auckland Aces), Seth Rance (Central Districts)
Most Sixes – Craig Cachopa (Auckland Aces), Tom Bruce (Central Districts)
Team Scores Batting First – Auckland Aces 170+, Central Districts 150+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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