The Kings' batsmen have been good but the bowlers have let them down. The Kings failed to defend even 193 in the last match.
Central Stags, the runners-up of the last season, have won two and lost two out of the five games while one match was washed out. Tom Latham rejoined the Canterbury Kings in the last match but was dismissed for a golden duck. Cole McConchie has been good with the bat. He has scored 155 runs from four innings which includes a 52 in a winning cause against Wellington Firebirds. Chad Bowes also struck a half-century in the last match.
In the bowling department, Henry Shipley has been going for a lot of runs and might be replaced with Will Williams. Kyle Jamieson is the highest wicket-taker of the tournament till now but that is buoyed by his figures of 6-7 against Auckland Aces when he ran through their batting line up.
Doug Bracewell and Seth Rance will be back for Central Districts. Bracewell was a part of the Kiwi playing XI against Sri Lanka while Rance did not get a game.
Skipper Tom Bruce is their leading run-getter with 171 runs at a strike rate of more than 150. He is coming fresh of an unbeaten 88 in the last match. Dean Foxcroft also smashed 56 against Otago Volts.
As far as their bowling is concerned, Doug Bracewell returned with figures of 2-19 before being recalled by the New Zealand national team. He also top struck 44 against Sri Lanka in the T20I.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Canterbury Kings- Tom Latham, Chad Bowes, Steve Murdoch, Cole McConchie, Andrew Ellis, Cameron Fletcher, Leo Carter, Will Williams, Kyle Jamieson, Jeremy Benton, Edward Nuttall
Central Districts- George Worker, Dane Cleaver, Will Young, Tom Bruce, Josh Clarkson, Dean Foxcroft, Doug Bracewell, Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler, Seth Rance, Felix Murray
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Central Districts
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Tom Latham (Canterbury Kings), Tom Bruce (Central Districts)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kyle Jamieson (Canterbury Kings), Blair Tickner (Central Districts)
Most Sixes – Tom Latham (Canterbury Kings), Tom Bruce (Central Districts)
Team Scores Batting First –Canterbury Kings 145+, Central Districts 160+
*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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