The 6th match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Northern Spirit and Otago Sparks at the Lincoln Green.
The match starts at 4:00 PM local time (3:00 AM GMT) (8:30 AM IST).
The Otago Sparks had a tough start to the Women’s Super Smash 2019/20 as they suffered a 66-run defeat against the Wellington Blaze. The Wellington team posted a huge score of 189/7 and restricted the Sparks to just 123/9. They will face Auckland Hearts at the Lincoln No.3 venue on Saturday morning and will move to Lincoln Green ground to face Northern Spirit in the evening. The Northern Spirit team were the only team to not feature in any match on Friday. Their first match will be against the Central Hinds at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in the morning.
The Lincoln Green ground is expected to witness pleasant weather on Saturday without any rain threat.
The Lincoln Green ground had an average score of 98 in the Women’s Super Smash 2018/19. However, Wellington Blaze nearly doubled it on Friday when they finished with 189/7 against Otago Sparks. We might see a match aggregate of 280+ runs on Saturday where a batting track is expected.
Average first innings score: 98 (Women’s Super Smash 2018/19)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Felicity Leydon-Davis, Kate Anderson, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Carolyn Esterhuizen, Katie Gurrey, Brooke Halliday, Olivia Lobb, Lily Mulivai, Shriya Naidu, Eimear Richardson, Charlotte Sarsfield.
Bench – Lauren Heaps.
Suzie Bates, Millie Cowan, Katey Martin (C & WK), Hayley Jensen, Lisa Griffith, Hannah Darlington, Bella James, Eden Carson, Ella Brown, Emma Black, Bhagya Herath.
Bench – Sophie Gray, Sophie Oldershaw.
Katey Martin will be crucial for her team as she struck five half-centuries in 14 innings across last two seasons. Lisa Griffith amassed 83 runs and took 6 wickets across four matches last season. Katie Gurrey was brilliant with the bat in the last edition as she amassed 298 runs in 42.57 with help of four fifties in seven innings. Bernadine Bezuidenhout aggregated 508 runs across 17 innings in the previous two seasons.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Katie Gurrey, Suzie Bates, Katey Martin
Vice-Captain – Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Eimear Richardson, Hayley Jensen.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Katey Martin (VC)
Batters – Katie Gurrey (C), Millie Cowan, Eden Carson
All-Rounders – Felicity Leydon-Davis, Kate Anderson, Suzie Bates
Bowlers – Hannah Darlington, Eimear Richardson, Emma Black
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Bernadine Bezuidenhout (VC), Katey Martin
Batters – Katie Gurrey, Brooke Halliday, Eden Carson
All-Rounders – Hayley Jensen, Kate Anderson, Suzie Bates (C)
Bowlers – Lisa Griffith, Carolyn Esterhuizen, Eimear Richardson
The senior players on both sides are used to playing twice in the same day. Both the teams will be coming into this match having played in the morning. Hence, we might not see any major changes in the playing XIs from the morning game.
Otago Sparks are expected to win this fixture.
*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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