Cricket Match Predictions Women’s Super Smash T20: Otago Sparks vs Northern Spirit-Match 29
The 29th match of the Women’s Super Smash T20 2021 will be played between Otago Sparks and Northern Spirit at the University Oval, Dunedin.
Current Form Otago Sparks:
Otago Sparks are currently placed at the last position on points table with 2 wins out of 9 matches played so far. Their net run rate is lower than that of Central Women and hence they occupy the last spot despite sharing the same number of wins with Central Hinds.
In their last outing against Auckland Hearts, Otago Women won the toss and invited Auckland to have a bat first. Lauren Down was dismissed by Emma Black for a duck early on in the innings. Post that, Anna Peterson and Katie Perkins played very well for their partnership of 37 runs for the 2nd wicket. Anna made 31 off 26 deliveries while Katie contributed 23 off 17 balls. Eden Carson removed both the set batters and the onus was now on Holly Huddleston and Bella Armstrong to take the innings forward with finesse. Both of them played a handy knock and ensured that Auckland Hearts reached a safe total of 123 in 20 overs. Emma Black was the star with the ball in hand as she took 4 wickets in her spell of 4 overs.
What looked like a comfortable and easy chase was made tougher by Auckland bowlers. They picked up early wickets and put Otago Women under pressure from the moment go. Katey Martin top scored with 44 runs in 42 deliveries but she was the only one who threatened to take the game away from Auckland. She could not get enough support from the other end as wickets kept falling at regular intervals and Otago started looking at a very steep task to chase the total. Anna Peterson bowled brilliantly in her spell of 4 overs, picking up 3 important wickets and helping bowl Otago out for 96, winning the low scoring match by 27 runs.
Current Form Northern Spirit:
Northern Spirit are currently placed at the number 4 position with 3 wins out of the 9 matches played so far.
In their last outing against Auckland Hearts, they won the toss and elected to have a bat first. Kate Anderson was dismissed early on by Arlene Kelly. This led Brooke Halliday and Katie Gurrey to play rather cautiously and not lose any further wicket. They combined together to collect 48 runs for the 2nd wicket. After they perished, no other batters posed enough challenge to the Auckland spinners as the run rate kept dipping. Fran Jonas bowled brilliantly in her spell of 4 overs, giving away 18 runs and picking up 2 wickets. In the end, Northern Spirit ended up with 108 for 7 in 20 overs.
Chasing 108, Auckland Hearts could not get off to a great start as they lost both openers cheaply. Katie Perkins at number 3 played a sensible knock of 45 and held the innings together. The target was not massive and they needed to bat in phases to get closer to the target and Katie did exactly that. She got a good support by the middle order batter Holly Huddleston who remained unbeaten to win the game for her team by 6 wickets with 11 balls to spare.
Leading Run Scorers:
Katie Gurrey is the leading run scorer for Northern Spirit with 229 runs to her name.
Polly Inglis the leading run scorer for Otago Sparks with 189 runs to her belt.
Leading Wicket Takers:
Emma Black is the leading wicket taker for Otago Sparks with 10 wickets to her tally.
Felicity Leydon Davis is the top wicket taker for Northern Spirit with 5 scalps to her name.
Let us have a look at the squads:
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
Gemma Adams, Emma Black, Caitlin Blakely, Millie Cowan, Bhagya Herath, Polly Inglis, Bella James (c), Marina Lamplough, Sophie Oldershaw, Suzie Bates, Hayley Jensen, Katey Martin, Eden Carson, Megan Meltzer, Saffron Wilson, Sophie Gray, Olivia Gain and Molly Loe
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Northern Spirit
Who will win? – Northern Spirit
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Katie Gurrey (Northern Spirit), Polly Inglis (Otago Sparks)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) –Felicity Leydon Davis (Northern Spirit), Emma Black (Otago Sparks)
Most Sixes – Katie Gurrey (Northern Spirit), Polly Inglis (Otago Sparks)
Player of the Match- Felicity Leydon Davis (Northern Spirit)
Team Scores Batting first – Otago Sparks 120+, Northern Spirit 140+
Match Handicap- Northern Spirit
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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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