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Cricket Match Predictions Women’s Super Smash T20: Wellington Blaze vs Auckland Hearts - Match 31

Sophie Devine
Sophie Devine
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The 31st Match of the Women’s Super Smash T20 will be played between Wellington Blaze and Auckland Hearts at the Eden Park, Outer Oval, Auckland.

This is an Elimination final between the two teams and the winner will go on to play the Final match against Canterbury Magicians on Saturday.

Current Form Wellington Blaze:

Wellington Blaze performed very well in the league stages and deservedly got their spot registered in the elimination final. The last match they played was a low scoring affair against the same team Auckland Hearts.

Bowling first, they bowled Auckland Hearts for a paltry 117. It was a very tough pitch to bat on and Sophie Devine utilized the surface to full potential as she picked up 4 wickets in her spell. Katie Perkins was the top run getter for Auckland Hearts with a score of 29 in 40 deliveries. Jess Kerr and Amelia Kerr also chipped in with the ball and claimed 2 wickets each in their respective spells.

Chasing 117,Wellington Blaze lost the plot early on as both Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr were back in the hut before the powerplay overs ended. Maddy Green played well for her knock of 33 to keep the hopes alive but she saw her partners disappearing at regular intervals which made matters worse for Wellington. Anna Peterson was the star of the show with ball as she picked up 2 wickets for just 12 runs in her spell of 4 overs. Holly Huddleston and Jesse Prasad were also among the wickets as they both removed two opposition batsmen in their spell of 4 overs. In the end, Wellington Blaze were bowled out for just 110 runs, losing the match by 7 runs.

Current Form Auckland Hearts:

Auckland Hearts are coming into this game on the back of a phenomenal performance against the same side in the last league game.

Batting first, Auckland Hearts were bowled out for 117, courtesy a wonderful bowling performance by Sophie Devine and her team mates. Katie Perkins batted very well for Auckland and collected 29 runs in 40 deliveries. This innings would later prove out to be a decisive one in the match. Holly Huddleston also contributed well with her knock of 17 runs.

Auckland Hearts would have to bowl their hearts out to contain Wellington Blaze and they did exactly that. Anna Peterson removed the in-form Sophie Devine early on and followed it with the wicket of Amelia Kerr. Rebecca Burns soon followed the suit by losing her wicket to Arlene Kelly and at this point, Wellington Women were reeling at a score of 45 for 3 in the 7th over. Maddy Green played for her 33 run knock but once she got dismissed, there was no other batter in the middle order that could threaten the bowling attack of Auckland Hearts and in the end they were bowled out for 110. Auckland won the match in the end by 7 runs.

Leading Run Scorers:

Sophie Devine is the leading run scorer for Wellington Blaze with 354 runs to her name.

Katie Perkins is the leading run scorer for Auckland Hearts with 244 runs to her name.

Leading Wicket Takers:

Holly Huddleston is the leading wicket taker for Auckland Hearts with 15 wickets to her tally.

Leigh Kasparek is the leading wicket taker for Wellington Blaze with 13 wickets to her kitty.

Let us have a look at the squads:

Wellington Blaze

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

Auckland Hearts

Bella Armstrong, Fran Jonas, Jane Barnett, Skye Bowden, Sarah Carnachan (WK), Lauren Down, Izzy Gaze, Tariel Lamb (WK), Regina Lilii (C), Roz McNeill, Molly Penfold, Saachi Shahri, Holly Huddleston, Amie Hucker, Yaz Kareem, Arlene Kelly, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Jesse Prasad and Natasha van Tilburg

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Wellington Blaze

Who will win? - Wellington Blaze

Top Batsman?(Runs Scored) - Sophie Devine (Wellington Blaze), Katie Perkins (Auckland Hearts)

Top Bowler?(Wickets taken) - Amelia Kerr (Wellington Blaze), Holly Huddleston (Auckland Hearts)

Most Sixes - Sophie Devine (Wellington Blaze), Katie Perkins (Auckland Hearts)

Player of the Match - Sophie Devine (Wellington Blaze)

Team Scores Batting first - Auckland Hearts 120+, Wellington Blaze 140+

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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