The match will be played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch which is the home ground of Canterbury Kings but the team has lost three out of its last four matches at this venue. Canterbury are going through a lean patch and have lost six out of their last seven matches.
This is because of their overdependence on captain Cole McConchie who is the highest run-scorer with 229 runs. Chad Bowes and Cam Fletcher have also played some good innings but no other batsman apart from them has been able to leave his mark. McConchie struct 83 off 52 balls in the last match against Wellington and is expected to perform well again.
In the bowling department, Kyle Jamieson is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament with 19 wickets from nine matches. He would get support from Ed Nuttall who returned with figures of 2-9 in the last match and bowled tight line and lengths.
The best bet for Wellington would be Devon Conway who has scored maximum runs in the tournament with 352 runs. He also has a century against his name and would get support from Bracewell who made 69 in the reverse encounter. With the ball, Ben Sears, Jeetan Patel and Ollie Newton will head the attack. Both Patel and Newton have picked up 11 wickets till now.
Canterbury Kings- Chad Bowes, Tom MacRury, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie (c), Cam Fletcher (wk), Kyle Jamieson, Andrew Ellis, Henry Shipley, Jeremy Benton, Will Williams, Ed Nuttall
Wellington Firebirds- Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Tom Blundell (wk), Luke Woodcock, Troy Johnson, Logan van Beek, Rachin Ravindra, Ollie Newton, Jeetan Patel, Hamish Bennett (c), Ben Sears
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Wellington Firebirds
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Devon Conway (Wellington Firebirds), Chad Bowes (Canterbury Kings)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jeetan Patel (Wellington Firebirds), Kyle Jamieson (Canterbury Kings)
Most Sixes – Devon Conway (Wellington Firebirds), Chad Bowes (Canterbury Kings)
Team Scores Batting First –Wellington Firebirds 165+, Canterbury Kings 150+
*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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