The 1st match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Canterbury Magicians and Central Hinds at the Lincoln No 3.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (9:00 PM GMT – Prev Day) (2:30 AM IST).
The Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will kick start on Friday when Canterbury Magicians takes on the Central Hinds at the Lincoln No.3 ground. This will be the first of the three matches to be played in the day. In fact, the Canterbury Magicians will face Auckland Hearts during the evening match at the same venue. They are led Frankie Mackay who was the star in the previous season. She will be carrying the team’s chances yet again. The Central Hinds has named co-captains in the form of Hannah Rowe and Jess Watkin.
The opening match of the tournament is unlikely to be interrupted by the rain.
The Lincoln No.3 ground produced low scoring matches during the previous edition of the Women’s Super Smash. The venue hosted 4 matches during that tournament and the scores by the first batting teams varied between 106 and 125. It will be interesting to see whether the scores in this season remain the same. Going by the batting line-ups of both the teams we might not see anything over 130.
Average first innings score: 112 (Women’s Super Smash 2018/19)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Frankie Mackay (C), Kirsty Nation, Jacinta Savage, Gabby Sullivan, Lea Tahuhu, Ella Chandler, Laura Hughes, Missy Banks, Nat Cox (WK), Jess Simmons, Allie Mace-Cochrane.
Bench – Sarah Asmussen, Georgia Edge.
Hannah Rowe (Co-Captain), Jess Watkin (Co-Captain), Georgia Atkinson, Emily Cunningham, Natalie Dodd (WK), Mikaela Greig, Claudia Green, Rosemary Mair, Monique Rees, Kerry Tomlinson, Anlo Van Deventer.
Bench – Melissa Hansen, Kate Baxter.
Frankie Mackay put on great performances in the last season that led her back into the national squad. In nine innings, Mackay aggregated 367 runs at an average of 73.4 with help of three fifties. She also claimed nine wickets across 8 innings at an average below 20. Jess Watkin scored 75 runs and claimed 5 wickets across seven matches during last season. Hannah Rowe bagged 8 wickets in 8 games at an economy of 6.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Frankie Mackay, Jess Watkin, Hannah Rowe
Vice-Captain – Natalie Dodd, Lea Tahuhu, Jacinta Savage.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Natalie Dodd
Batters – Kirsty Nation, Anlo Van Devente, Ella Chandler
All-Rounders – Jess Watkin (VC), Frankie Mackay (C), Jacinta Savage
Bowlers – Rosemary Mair, Gabby Sullivan, Lea Tahuhu, Hannah Rowe
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Natalie Dodd
Batters – Kirsty Nation, Anlo Van Devente, Nat Cox
All-Rounders – Jess Watkin, Frankie Mackay (C), Jacinta Savage
Bowlers – Rosemary Mair, Georgia Atkinson, Lea Tahuhu, Hannah Rowe (VC)
Only 4-5 players in both the teams had a major impact during the last season with their performances. The remaining players were just forming the XI and hardly scored runs or took wickets.
Canterbury Magicians are expected to start the tournament with a win.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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