The Otago Volts will face the Central Districts in the third game of The Ford Trophy 2022-23. Both teams will be looking to get off to a good start in their first game. The Otago Volts struggled in the previous edition of this tournament, as did the majority of the players on the team. They’ll look for a better show, and Central Districts aren’t going to make it easy.
Otago Volts players have a lot of experience at this venue, and they will try to make the most of their home advantage. They face a strong bowling attack and would like their batsmen to put on a good show. Both teams start fresh, and we can expect a good contest on a lively track that will pose difficulties for the batsmen.
The 3rd Match between Otago Volts vs Central Districts will take place on November 24th, 2022 at University Oval, Dunedin.
Match Details to Note
Match: Otago Volts vs Central Districts, 3rd Match, The Ford Trophy 2022-23
Date: November 24, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 3:30 AM IST
Venue: University Oval, Dunedin
In recent seasons, the Otago Volts have struggled in the tournament. Last year, they finished fifth in the points table, and skipper Hamish Rutherford will be hoping for a better performance from his players in this game. They face a strong opponent in this game, and Rutherford expects his players to be at their best in the season opener.
The team would need a strong start from Dale Phillips and Mitch Renwick, and they must do so. Hamish Rutherford brings a wealth of experience to the middle order, and he will look to add runs with Thorn Parkes and Neil Broom. The team would like to see Michael Rippon and Anaru Kitchen run.
Jacob Duffy is in excellent form, which is great news for the team. He’ll try to strike early and will share the new ball with Travis Muller. In the middle overs, Matthew Bacon and Michael Rippon must bowl tight spells. Anaru Kitchen and Ben Lockrose would also need to put in strong performances in supporting roles for the team.
Dale Phillips, Hamish Rutherford, Jacob Duffy, Jake Gibson, Jarrod Mckay, Josh Finnie, Matthew Bacon, Max Chu, Michael Rae, Michael Rippon, Travis Muller, Thorn Parkes, Llew Johnson, Jacob Cumming, Glenn Phillips, Dean Foxcroft, Andrew Hazeldine Ben Lockrose
Possible Playing XI:
Hamish Rutherford (c), Dale Phillips, Mitch Renwick (wk), Thorn Parkes, Michael Rippon, Anaru Kitchen, Travis Muller, Matthew Bacon, Jacob Duffy, Ben Lockrose, Neil Broom
Last season, Tom Bruce’s team finished first in the points table. They were unfortunate to lose the final to Auckland. The captain would like his players to be inspired by last year’s performance and have a positive start to the season. They have a strong batting lineup, and the captain will look to make the most of it.
In this game, Bayley Wiggins and Ben Smith must provide a strong start for the team. They would look for runs in the middle order from Brad Schmulian, who will bat alongside the experienced Ross Taylor. In the lower middle order, Bruce, Josh Clarkson, and Doug Bracewell must add quick runs.
The team would like to see good spells from Doug Bracewell and Ben Wheeler with the new ball. Seth Rance and Joey Field must bowl good spells in the game’s middle overs. Jayden Lennox, Brad Schmulian, and Bruce must all perform admirably in supporting roles.
Dane Cleaver, Maara Ave, Bayley Wiggins, Tom Bruce, Will Young, Greg Hay, Ben Smith, Doug Bracewell, Josh Clarkson, Brad Schmulian, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Seth Rance, Brett Randell, Raymond Toole, Jayden Lennox, Liam Dudding
Possible Playing XI:
Tom Bruce (c), Bayley Wiggins (wk), Ross Taylor, Ben Smith, Brad Schmulian, Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, Joey Field, Jayden Lennox, Seth Rance, Ben Wheeler
Otago Volts vs Central Districts Toss Prediction
It will be the first game played at this venue in a long time, and we should see some juice in the surface early on, which will benefit the bowlers. In the past, we’ve seen low scores at this location. Keeping all of this in mind, the team that wins the toss will choose to bowl first.
Otago Volts vs Central Districts Pitch Report
The pitch at University Oval in Dunedin aids bowlers and can be a difficult surface to bat on with the ball bouncing around. Batsmen, on the other hand, benefit from the shorter square boundaries, which provide ample scoring opportunities. The conditions here favor fast bowlers over spinners.
On November 24, Dunedin is expected to receive heavy rain. The track would be difficult to bat on, especially given the weather, as the bowlers would benefit greatly from the surface. On this track, the team batting first would be delighted to score 280 runs or more.
Otago Volts vs Central Districts Prediction
Last year’s poor season for the Otago Volts will be fresh in their minds. The team will need its young players to perform well at home against a strong opponent. The Central Districts have an experienced team. They have good ball hitters on the side, which will make them favorites to win this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Central Districts is the favourite to beat Otago Volts at the odds of 1.62.
Otago Volts vs Central Districts Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Doug Bracewell is the experienced campaigner accumulated 175 runs and picked 20 wickets in the red-ball format. He is dubbed “the most wanted” player for Central Districts.