Online Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction Super Smash- Otago Volts v Wellington Firebirds

Hamish Rutherford
Hamish Rutherford
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Otago Volts and Wellington Firebirds have clashed earlier in the season when the Volts eked out a one-run win.

Otago Volts also have a better head to head record against Wellington. The match will be played at University Oval in Dunedin which is the home ground of Otago and they have won four of their last seven matches played here. However, Wellington Firebirds have been in better form of late and are tipped to win this match.

The good thing about the batting of Volts is that most of their batsmen have chipped in with useful contributions. The flip side is that there have been a lot of 30s scored but nobody has gone on to play a big knock. The likes of Hamish Rutherford, Anaru Kitchen and Ben Cox have been good for the team. Kitchen is their highest run-scorer. Rutherford top scored in the last match with 37.

With the ball, Jacob Duffy and Christy Viljoen are the leading performers. Duffy has 10 wickets from six matches and is part of the leading wicket takers of the tournament while Viljoen bagged a four-fer in the reverse fixture.


The top three of the Firebirds in Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell and Adam Hose have been firing. In fact, Bracewell is the second highest scorer of the tournament with 245 runs which include three half-centuries. Incidentally, one of those came in the reverse encounter. Hose has also hit 250.

Skipper Hamish Bennett and Ollie Newton would be a force to reckon with in the bowling department. Spinner Jeetan Patel has had some good spells but has been blowing hot and cold.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.

 

Otago Volts- JJ Tasman-Jones, Hamish Rutherford, Shawn Hicks, Anaru Kitchen, Ben Cox (wk), Josh Finnie, Ben Raine, Brad Wilson, Christi Viljoen, Nathan G Smith, Jacob Duffy (c)

Wellington Firebirds- Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Adam Hose, James Neesham, Tom Blundell (wk), Troy Johnson, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Jeetan Patel, Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett (c)

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Wellington Firebirds

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Hamish Rutherford (Otago Volts), Michael Bracewell (Wellington Firebirds)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jacob Duffy (Otago Volts), Hamish Bennett (Wellington Firebirds)

Most Sixes – Hamish Rutherford (Otago Volts), Michael Bracewell (Wellington Firebirds)

Team Scores Batting First – Otago Volts 150+, Wellington Firebirds 165+

*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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