The 7th match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Wellington Blaze and Central Hinds at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.
The match starts at 4:00 PM local time (3:00 AM GMT) (8:30 AM IST).
Both Wellington Blaze and Central Hinds made a positive start to the tournament. Katie Perkins’s 65-run knock helped Wellington to finish on 204/5 and end up with a 68-run win. On the other hand, Central Hinds defeated the last season’s runners Canterbury Magicians. They successfully defend their total of 137/7 in the tournament opener. The Hinds will face the Northern Spirit at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in the game on Saturday morning. In the evening, Blaze and Hinds will face off at the same venue.
The Bert Sutcliffe Oval is likely to be under periodic clouds but no rain is forecasted for Saturday.
Compared to the other grounds in Lincoln, the Bert Sutcliffe Oval is better in terms of scoring. During the last season, three of the four matches recorded totals over 120. A target as high as 159 was also got chased down in that edition. The game between Blaze and Hinds will be the 2nd of the day and hence, we might see a dip in the total from the morning match.
Average first innings score: 125 (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:
Sophie Devine (C), Rachel Priest (WK), Rebecca Burns, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Thamsyn Newton, Liz Green-Perry, Jess Kerr, Beth Molony, Deanna Doughty.
Bench – Jess McFadyen.
Jess Watkin (Co-Captain), Emily Cunningham, Natalie Dodd (WK), Anlo Van Deventer, Kerry Tomlinson, Hannah Rowe (Co-Captain), Rosemary Mair, Mikaela Greig, Georgia Atkinson/Claudia Green, Monique Rees, Kate Baxter.
Bench – Melissa Hansen, Georgia Atkinson/Claudia Green.
Jess Watkin had an average 2018/19 season as she aggregated 75 runs and claimed 5 wickets across seven matches. She opens the batting and bowls four overs which is enough for being top-performer. Maddy Green scored 63 on the opening day of the tournament. She had good returns with the bat in the WBBL having scored 309 runs at 20.6. Hannah Rowe bagged 8 wickets in 8 games in 2018/19 and started the ongoing tournament with a 3-fer.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Sophie Devine, Jess Watkin, Maddy Green
Vice-Captain – Natalie Dodd, Hannah Rowe, Rachel Priest
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rachel Priest
Batters – Emily Cunningham, Maddy Green, Kerry Tomlinson
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine (C), Jess Watkin (VC), Amelia Kerr, Hannah Rowe
Bowlers – Deanna Doughty, Rosemary Mair, Leigh Kasperek
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Natalie Dodd
Batters – Emily Cunningham, Maddy Green (C), Rebecca Burns
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine, Jess Watkin, Amelia Kerr, Hannah Rowe (VC)
Bowlers – Deanna Doughty, Rosemary Mair, Jess Kerr
Sophie Devine had a tough first outing where she scored only one run and conceded 26 runs in 3 overs taking a wicket. However, she is coming off a record-breaking WBBL season where she amassed 769 runs alongside picking up 19 wickets. Hence, Devine has to be picked at any cost even if her price is high.
Wellington Blaze is expected to register their second straight victory.
*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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