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The Otago Volts and Wellington Firebirds will compete in match seven of the 2023 Super Smash competition at Molyneux Park, Alexandra on Thursday.

With no wins in their first two matches, Otago currently languish in the bottom half of the league table. Captain Dean Foxcroft hopes the team can put on a good show in this home match. Wellington currently sits at the top of the league table with a net run rate of +3.770. Captain Nick Kelly hopes the team can deliver the goods with bat and ball.

The two teams have competed 33 times in the history of the competition with the Wellington Firebirds having a clear advantage with 16 wins to the Otago Volts’ ten.

Otago Volt Preview

In the batting department, the team will rely on the likes of Hamish Rutherford, Max Chu, Dean Foxcroft, Jake Gibson, Max Chu and Lou Johnson to provide the bulk of the batting.

Secrets Tips

With 56 points to his name, Jake Gibson is currently the Otago Vaults’ top scorer.

In the bowling department, the team will be relying on the likes of Travis Muller, Andrew Hazeldine, Ben Lucrose, Dean Foxcroft and Matthew Bacon to make timely breakthroughs.

In the previous match, Travis Muller was the pick of the bowlers for Otago Vaults and took 1 for 16 in four overs.

Otago Volts Predicted Playing XI:

Hamish Rutherford, Jake Gibson, Dean Foxcroft (c), Max Chu (wk), Dale Phillips, Leo Johnson, Olly White, Ben Lucrose, Andrew Hazeldine, Matthew Bacon, Travis Muller

Matthew Bacon

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Wellington Firebirds Preview

In the batting department, the team will rely on Tim Robinson, Nick Kelly, Nick Greenwood, Mohamed Abbas, Callum MacLachlan and Nathan Smith to provide the bulk of the batting.

With 139 runs at a strike rate of 217.18, Tim Robinson is currently the Wellington Firebirds’ best bowler so far this season.

In the bowling departments, the team will rely on the likes of Peter Younghusband, Nathan Smith, Michael Snedden, Logan van Beek and Ian McPeek for significant deliveries.

In the previous match, Ian McPeek and Peter Younghusband bowled well for the Wellington Firebirds and each took three wickets.

Wellington Firebirds expected to play XI:

Nick Greenwood, Tim Robinson, Nick Kelly (c), Mohammed Abbas, Jesse Tashkov, Callum McLachlan (wk), Nathan Smith, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Michael Snedden, Ian McPeek.

HR

Temperature

rain

W speed

W trend

clouds

00h

18

0 mm.

2.71 kph

From: SW

20%

03h

25

0 mm.

5.05 kph

From: WSW

3%

06h

25

0 mm.

5.39 kph

From: WSW

17%

09h

21

0 mm.

3.64 k/h

From: SSW

8%

12 hours

14

0 mm.

2.39 k/h

From: SSW

55%

15 hours

12

0 mm.

2.19 kph

From: SSW

94%

6 pm

11

0 mm.

1.91 k/h

From: S

93%

21:00

14

0 mm.

2.15 km/h

From: S

53%

Weather conditions

The prepared wicket at Molyneux Park will provide an exciting battle between bat and ball. The weather forecast for Thursday will be clear in the evening.

Location details

Molineux Park in Alexandra will host Match 7 of the 2023 Super Smash competition between the Otago Volts and Wellington Firebirds.

Earlier this season, the Wellington Firebirds completed a dominant 74-run win over the Otago Volts, courtesy of Tim Robinson.

Toss: To the bat

Both teams will be keen to win the toss, bat first and then run on the board.

Based on their current form, the Wellington Firebirds will be favorites to win their match against the Otago Volts. With the likes of Tim Robinson and Nick Kelly showing excellent form with the bat, the team management will hope that the Firebirds can produce a clinical batting performance.

Expect the Wellington Firebirds to register a comfortable win over the Otago Volts in Alexandra.

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