- Canterbury Kings are playing at home and have a good record at this venue. This will give them the edge going into this game
- Chad Bowes has scored more than 400 runs this season and looks in sublime form. He will be the player Kings would count on most
- Jacob Duffy has been the lone performer with the ball for Otago Volts and other bowlers haven’t been consistent in the tournament
The Ford Trophy 2019-20 has definitely been a very competitive one. The fact that four teams are tied on equal number of wins tells us about the level of competition we have seen so far this season. In the Elimination Final hosts Canterbury Kings would take on the Otago Volts at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
The winner of this game would join Auckland Aces to play the finals of the season. Both the sides have displayed good form in recent matches and this game is expected to be a competitive one.
The two teams have met twice earlier in the season and have won a game each. There is little to choose between the two sides at the moment. The Kings won their last game by a convincing margin of 9 wickets against the Central Stags while the Volts registered a 210 run win against Auckland Aces in the last encounter. On form there isn’t much of difference between the two sides at the moment and this set up a great game of cricket.
It was a tremendous show from Andrew Ellis’ side in the last game against the Central Districts. The 9-wicket victory chasing a score of 238 to win would have given the side lot of confidence. Ellis would now want his side to play the same brand of cricket as they go into the next game. They are playing at home and would be looking to use home advantage to good effect.
Chad Bowes has been brilliant with his form and the hundred in the last game would give him lots of confidence. His opening partner Jack Boyle also is doing well. Stephen Murdoch, Ken McClure, Todd Astle and Ellis make the batting line-up very strong. The side is blessed to have good hitters down the order and they will hope to take the Volts’ attack apart.
Matt Henry and Will Williams and have done well with the new ball this series and they will look for early wickets in the upcoming game. Ellis has been among the top wicket takers this season and has been miser in his spells. The side will look up to Theo van Woerkom and Todd Astle to bowl tight lines in the next game.
Andrew Ellis, Chad Bowes and Jack Boyle would be the three players to watch out for in the next game
Expected Playing XI:
Andrew Ellis (c), Chad Bowes, Cam Fletcher (wk), Theo van Woerkom, Todd Astle, Matt Henry, Ken McClure, Stephen Murdoch, Will Williams, Henry Shipley, Jack Boyle
It was a good display of batting and bowling form by Jacob Duffy’s side in the last game against the Auckland Aces. Their 210 runs victory against the table toppers Auckland Aces would have given them lot of confidence. Duffy would want his side to carry on the same momentum into the next game as they are up against one of the strongest batting line-ups in the tournament.
Openers Nick Kelly and Mitch Renwick are in good form with the bat and shall look to provide the side with a good start. Neil Broom’s hundred in the last game would make his confidence sky high. The side has good batting resources down the order with Josh Finnie, Michael Rippon and Dale Phillips having scored runs in the last game.
Duffy has been in good form with the ball and he will target early wickets alongside Matthew Bacon. Anary Kitchen and Dean Foxcroft also bowled well in the last game but they haven’t been consistent in the season. They will have to bowl tight spells in the game. With Rippon and Angus McKenzie in the side they have good depth in their bowling.
Jacob Dubby, Neil Broom and Nick Kelly would be the three players to watch out for from the Otago Volts camp in this game.
Expected Playing XI:
Jacob Duffy (c), Neil Broom, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Josh Finnie, Nick Kelly, Dale Phillips, Dean Foxcroft, Matthew Bacon, Mitch Renwick (wk), Angus McKenzie
In the four games played at this venue so far in the tournament the side batting first has gone on to win all the games. The pitch has been a belter and lots of runs have been scored. Going into this all important game we expect the side winning the toss to bat first on this track.
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Hagley Oval, Christchurch is one of the best batting surfaces in New Zealand and throughout the season we have seen big runs put up on the board. We expect the pitch to be a belter where the ball would come on to the bat nicely. It is expected to be a high scoring game but fast bowlers will also be happy with predictions for overcast conditions.
The weather is expected to be cloudy during the game and this might make batting slightly challenging on this surface. The maximum temperature forecast for the side is 22℃. The weather is expected to be cold at the start of the game and we expect 68% humidity and 10% precipitation during the day.
It is a do-or-die game and hence there would be pressure on both the sides. There isn’t much to choose between the two sides as their batsmen are in good form at the moment. Canterbury Kings are playing at home and they have had a good record in this venue. This would give them slight advantage going into this game.
Otago Volts’ bowling attack which did well in the last game would be full of confidence but they haven’t had the best of season and the side has relied on its batting line-up to win games. The Canterbury Kings have a better bowling unit which has been in good form so far in the tournament and this is the reason we believe the Kings would start nose ahead of the Otago Volts going into this game.