The 24th match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Canterbury Magicians and Northern Spirit at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
The match starts at 12:40 PM local time (11:40 PM GMT – Prev Day) (5:10 AM IST).
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With six defeats in six matches, the Canterbury Magicians still await for their first points in the tournament. The Magicians finished runners up in the previous edition but this time, they are struggling to get their first win itself. They will now host Northern Spirit at the Hagley Oval as they continue to aim the first victory. The Northern Spirit won only two of their seven matches and have lost each of their last four games. They need to win the remaining three matches to have a chance of finishing in the top three.
No threat from rain is forecasted at the Hagley Oval for the Sunday’s game between Magicians and Spirit.
Two 160+ totals by batting first teams in 2018/19 and a successful 138-run chase this season hints that the Hagley Oval in Christchurch being a high-scoring one. If the Northern Spirit bat first, they could post a big total and will be front runners to win the game comfortably if the Magicians bat first here.
Average first innings score: 157 (Women’s Super Smash matches since 2018/19)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Katie Gurrey, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Felicity Leydon-Davis (C), Kate Anderson, Brooke Halliday, Eimear Richardson, Olivia Lobb (WK), Lily Mulivai, Charlotte Sarsfield, Carolyn Esterhuizen, Lauren Heaps.
Bench – Emma Baker, Lucy Boucher.
Frankie Mackay (C), Kirsty Nation, Nat Cox, Jacinta Savage, Allie Mace-Cochrane, Lea Tahuhu, Ella Chandler, Laura Hughes (WK), Gabby Sullivan, Missy Banks, Jess Simmons.
Bench – Emma Kench, Sarah Asmussen.
Katie Gurrey returned into runs with her 4th fifty-plus score of the tournament in only seven innings. She aggregated 374 runs thus far at an average of 74.8 and has a strike rate of 150+. Carolyn Esterhuizen claimed 8 wickets though she conceded runs at 9+ runs an over. She is the leading wicket-taker for her team in the competition. Gabby Sullivan has been at her best in this tournament with the ball. She claimed 10 wickets at a strike rate of 12.6. The last match could be considered as Frankie Mackay’s weakest performance as she scored only 17 runs and took a wicket.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Frankie Mackay, Katie Gurrey, Amelia Kerr
Vice-Captain – Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Gabby Sullivan, Felicity Leydon-Davis
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Bernadine Bezuidenhout
Batters – Katie Gurrey (C), Kirsty Nation, Brooke Halliday
All-Rounders – Frankie Mackay (VC), Jacinta Savage, Felicity Leydon-Davis
Bowlers – Lea Tahuhu, Gabby Sullivan, Eimear Richardson, Carolyn Esterhuizen
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Bernadine Bezuidenhout
Batters – Katie Gurrey, Kirsty Nation, Nat Cox
All-Rounders – Frankie Mackay (C), Jacinta Savage, Felicity Leydon-Davis (VC), Kate Anderson
Bowlers – Lea Tahuhu, Gabby Sullivan, Carolyn Esterhuizen
Not much worthy names are present in the batters category except Katie Gurrey. However, Kirsty Nation is decent among the available options while one of Nat Cox and Brooke Halliday can be picked as 3rd batter. Halliday was injured and missed the previous two matches.
Canterbury Magicians could be suffering yet another defeat in the tournament.
*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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