Cricket Betting Tips & Match Predictions Women’s Super Smash T20: Wellington Blaze and Northern Spirit - Match 12
The 12th match of the Women’s Super Smash T20 will take place between Wellington Blaze and Northern Spirit at the Basin Reserve, Wellington.
Wellington Blaze are currently placed at the 3rd position on points table with 2 wins out of 3 games in the tournament so far. The only defeat they faced was against Northern Spirit in their third game.
After winning the toss, Wellington Women decided to bat first and put up a formidable total on the board. Rebecca Burns and Maddy Green were unable to provide a rollicking start to Wellington as they had been doing in the initial games. Maddy Green was the first one to be dismissed at 6, while Rebecca Burns lost her wicket at 17 within the powerplay overs. Amelia Kerr came in at number 3 and it seemed like she was batting at a different surface. She smashed bowlers to all parts of the ground for her 60 off 43 deliveries. However, her innings was cut short due to an unfortunate runout incident. The middle order failed to provide any substantial momentum to the innings and lost their wicket at important junctures. Leigh Kasparek and Jess Kerr provided an important death over boost by scoring 17 and 14 runs respectively. As a result, Wellington Blaze finished their innings with a total of 139 for 7 in 20 overs.
Defending 139, Maneka Singh and Jess Kerr, as usual, bowled very tight spells to keep the scoring rate under check until the powerplay overs. Brooke Halliday and Katie Gurrey both were dismissed in dramatic fashion as they ran themselves out after scoring 7 and 13 runs respectively. Kate Anderson held one end strong and kept finding ways to rotate the strike as well as finding boundaries at will. She made fluent 50 runs in 47 deliveries and instilled the belief among Northern Spirit to chase the total. Eimear Richardson played a very good knock of 17 runs in the middle order and after her dismissal, Northern Spirit looked in all sorts of trouble. However, Nency Patel and Meddy Hyde held their nerve to get their team over the line in the last delivery of the match winning the game by 5 wickets.
Wellington Blaze will have a rematch against Northern Spirit on Saturday and they would prefer not to make similar mistakes again to clinch their 3rd win of the season.
Northern Spirit on the other hand are sitting comfortably at the top position on points table with 3 wins to their name out of 4 matches played so far.
In the recently concluded game against Otago Sparks, they lost the toss to be invited to have a bat first. The match was affected by rain and was curtailed to 13 overs a side. Northern Spirit got off to a terrible start losing the in-form batter Kate Anderson for a meagre score of 1 run. Brooke Halliday and Katie Gurrey then tried to steady the ship and made a very important stand of 54 runs for the 2nd wicket. One the partnership was broken, Eimear Richardson came in at number 4 and made an important contribution of 20 runs. In the end, Northern Spirit managed to reach a total of 97 for 4 in 13 overs.
The pitch looked to be assisting batters and defending 97 was not going to be an easy task for the Spirit bowlers. However, they bowled tight lines and did not allow Otago batters to free their arms in the powerplay overs. Due to the mounting required rate, Millie Cowan and Katey Martin went for the glory shots and lost their wicket to Felicity Leydon-Davis and Brooke Halliday respectively. Polly Inglis also lost her wicket by running herself out at an important juncture. At one point, Otago Sparks looked down and out at 33 for 3 in the 6th over. This is when Hayley Jensen and Caitlin Blakely took matters in their own hands and smashed 32 runs each to bring Otago closer to an unlikely win. As a result of these flamboyant knocks, Otago Sparks easily chased the total in the last over with 5 wickets in hand and 2 balls to spare.
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), Brooke Halliday (Northern Spirits)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) –Amelia Kerr (Wellington Blaze), Felicity Leydon-Davis (Northern Spirits)
Most Sixes – Maddy Green (Wellington Blaze), Brooke Halliday (Northern Spirits)
Player of the Match- Amelia Kerr (Wellington Blaze)
Team Scores Batting first – Wellington Blaze 150+, Northern Spirits 135+
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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