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Charged up with their 7 runs win over Wellington in their last thriller, Otago would be eyeing the top spot in the league table when they face Auckland in their upcoming fixture. Otago held on to their nerves in the last encounter at Dunedin and the 7 runs win helped the side to equal the points to table toppers- Wellington Firebirds, although they are behind Wellington in net run rate. And this is the perfect opportunity for the Volts to grab the top position.
Otago register 7 runs win in a thriller against Firebirds
“When you pull one out of nowhere it definitely feels a bit more special,” Jacob Duffy, Otago skipper, said in the post-match ceremony.
Batting first, Otago Volts bounced backed with Josh Finnie and Michael Rippon’s valuable 68 runs partnership for the seventh wicket after succumbing to 112 for 6 and managed a decent total of 218-10 in 49.5 overs. Finnie (53 of 48), Michael Rippon (42 of 67) and Neil Broom (45 of 77) were the picks for batsmen for Volts.
Coming to defend, skipper Jacob Duffy stroked early to send back top three batsmen on his way to a stunning five-wicket haul. With the help of Duffy’s fifer and Matthew Bacon’s (48-3), Volts bundled out Wellington for 211-10 in 46. 2 overs.
Auckland eyeing to end their losing streak
Auckland Aces would be hoping to bounce back after two consecutive losses against Wellington Firebirds and Central Districts. Placed at the third spot, Aces have registered three wins and three defeats in six encounters so far.
The main concern for Aces would be their batting line-up as the side has failed to chase the targets on last two occasions. After bowling out Firebirds at 278 in the second last encounter, Aces got out for mere 158 runs falling short of 120 runs. In the last encounter against Districts, Aces again failed to chase the target and got out for 125 in response to Districts’ 295-8.
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The probable OTG vs AUK playing 11 is listed below.
Wicketkeeper: Mitch Renwick
Batsmen: Josh Finnie, Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford
All-rounder: Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon
Bowlers: Christi Viljoen, Jacob Duffy (c), Nathan G Smith, Matthew Bacon
Wicketkeeper: Ben Horne
Batsmen: Craig Cachopa (c), Graeme Beghin
All-rounder: Sean Solia, Michael Barry, William O Donnell
Bowlers: Mitchell McClenaghan, Jamie Brown
*As per the last match
Mitch Renwick (wk), Hamish Rutherford, Mark Craig (c), N Broom, Nathan G Smith, Matthew Bacon, Michael Rippon, Christi Viljoen, Brad Wilson, Anaru Kitchen, Jacob Duffy (c), Josh Finnie, Warren Barnes
Sean Solia, Ben Horne (wk), Craig Cachopa (c), Ben Lister, Will O’Donnell, Matt McEwan, Teja Nidamanaru Mitchell McClenaghan, Michael Barry, Danru Ferns, Graeme Beghin, Jamie Brown
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Mitch Renwick will be the right pick for wicketkeeper as he comes up in order to bat as compared to Ben Horne.
Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom and Josh Finnie will be the perfect picks for batsmen from Otago. Although Finnie comes down the order, he can make points with the ball too. From Auckland, Craig Cachopa will be perfect.
Fantasy Tip: Auckland is struggling with the bat, so pick fewer players.
In all-rounder, you can pick from Sean Solia, Anaru Kitchen, Michale Rippon and Michael Barry. All are in fine form and contributing well with both bat and ball.
In bowling, Jacob Duffy, M Bacon and N Smith will be right picks from Otago. Duffy returned with 5 wickets while bacon grabbed three wickets in the previous encounter. From Auckland, you can consider M McClenaghan and Jamie Brown and D Ferns. ferns was given rest in the last match and is expected to play this game.
Fantasy tip: Don’t pick M Snedden. He is not in the squad.
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