Venue: University Oval, Dunedin
Pitch & Conditions:
The wicket here in the recently concluded Ford Trophy has been on the slower side & unlike every other NZ ground, hasn’t been very high scoring too.
Expected Playing 11:
Bowes, Carter, Murdoch, McConchie (C), Fletcher (wk), Ellis Jameison, Shipley, Williams, Nuttal, Benton.
Rutherford, Renwick (wk), Broom, Hicks, Kitchen, Finnie, Smith, Rippon, Viljoen, Duffy (C), Hunter.
(My preferred wk would be Fletcher as he’s in brilliant touch & has performed in every format in limited opportunities that he has got. But Renwick is supposed to open while Fletcher is expected to play at 5. Therefore, Renwick is a safer pick for small leagues but do consider Fletcher when you play multiplayer leagues)
Batsmen: Broom, Rutherford, Bowes, Murdoch
Rippon (opens for Netherlands in T20’s but bats too low for Volts),
McConchie: Extremely consistent in at least one aspect of the game, therefore, a must pick.
Smith: Was used as a bowling all-rounder batting at 4 & has contributed immensely with both bat & ball but his order in T20’s is uncertain.
Bowlers: Nuttal, Williams, Duffy.
McConchie, Rutherford, Smith, Broom.