Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions - Women’s Super Smash T20: Wellington Blaze v Northern Spirits - Match 7
The 7th match of the Women’s Super Smash T20 will be played between Wellington Blaze and Northern Spirits at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
Wellington Blaze are currently topping the points table with 2 wins to their name in their 2 matches played so far. They have been completely dominating in the tournament so far, with its key players, Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green, putting in memorable performances.
In the last game, played against Central Hinds, Wellington Blaze won the toss and put Central Hinds in to bat first.
Thamsyn Newton provided a great start to Blaze by removing Emily Cunningham early on in the innings. The hard work put in by the opening bowlers, was later cashed in by Amelia Kerr, who finished her magical spell of 4 overs giving away just 10 runs and picking up 2 vital wickets.
Central Hinds always looked in trouble as they kept losing their wickets at regular intervals. The part time bowler Maddy Green also tried her luck with the ball in hand and came out trumps finishing with the figures of 12 for 2 in the 3 overs that she bowled. None of the batters in Central Hinds looked to threaten the opposition by taking a counter attack route and they finished their innings with only 88 runs on the board in 20 overs.
The bowlers of Wellington Blaze did a wonderful job in restricting Central Hinds to a score of 88 and it was now up to the batters to chase the target without any hassles. Both Rebecca Burns and Maddy Green started out well and collected a run a ball until the 10th over. They always looked on course for achieving a small target of 89. After the fall of first wicket, Amelia Kerr arrived at the crease and took the bowlers of Central Hinds to cleaners scoring 20 runs off 12 balls winning the game for her team by 9 wickets.
Northern Spirits have won their only game played against Central Hinds. After losing the toss, they were put in to bat first by Central Hinds. They lost the first wicket, in the form of Brooke Haliday, with the score on 21.
Kate Anderson provided a promising start to her team by striking 4 beautiful boundaries but perished within the powerplay overs to Claudia Green. After 2 wickets fell, Eimear Richardson along with Katie Gurney put on a stand of 39 runs, for the 3rd wicket, to provide stability to the innings. Once Richardson was dismissed, Felicity Leydon Davis took over her role and stitched a 69 run partnership, with Katie Gurney, for the 4th wicket. Katie scored a fluent 57 off 40 balls, while Felicity made 42 runs off 31 deliveries. On the back of these brilliant knocks, Northern Spirits reached a total of 161 runs in 20 overs.
During the chase, Central Hinds lost both their openers at a score of 34 runs and were looking in all sorts of trouble. However, Natalie Dodd and Anlo Van Deventer provided a platform for the lower middle order to cash on; doing a partnership of 68 runs for the 3rd wicket. However, the run scoring was very slow and was not keeping up with the required run rate. Once the 3rd wicket fell, there was an inevitable collapse down the order and as a result, Central Hinds finished with 144 for 9 in 20 overs losing the game by 17 runs.
Northern Spirits are looking in red hot form after the first game. However, they will have to keep on their toes and perform their best in order to come out trumps against the top side Wellington Blaze in their next fixture.
Let us have a look at the squads:
Olivia Boivin, Rebecca Burns, Tash Codyre, Sophie Devine, Dee Doughty, Maddy Green, Antonia Hamilton, Xara Jetly, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Caitlin King, Jamie Mason-Jones, Jess McFadyen, Beth Molony, Thamsyn Newton, Georgia Plimmer and Maneka Singh.
Felicity Leydon-Davis(c), Kate Anderson, Emma Baker, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Lucy Boucher, Carolyn Esterhuizen, Katie Gurrey, Brooke Halliday, Lauren Heaps, Olivia Lobb, Lily Mulivai, Eimear Richardson, Charlotte Sarsfield, Shriya Naidu, Georgina Harris and Kayley Knight
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Wellington Blaze
Who will win? – Wellington Blaze
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Maddy Green (Wellington Blaze), Kate Anderson (Northern Spirits)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) –Amelia Kerr (Wellington Blaze), Eimear Richardson (Northern Spirits)
Most Sixes – Maddy Green (Wellington Blaze), Kate Anderson (Northern Spirits)
Player of the Match- Maddy Green (Wellington Blaze)
Team Scores Batting first – Wellington Blaze 155+, Northern Spirits 130+
Match Handicap- Wellington Blaze
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*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, so stay tuned.
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