Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Pitch & Conditions:
The last domestic game that happened on this ground was in 2016 & interestingly, it was between Otago & Stags, which Stags won by 5 runs defending 166.
Very limited data is available for this venue for ball white cricket (recent games) but overall number suggests, could be a good batting surface with early swing.
Tom Bruce(c), Dane Cleaver(wk), Will Young, Dean Foxcroft, Blair Tickener, Ben Wheeler, Ajaz Patel, Williem Ludick, Josh Clarkson, George Worker, C Leopard, Kieran Barnett.
Jacob Duffy (c), Hamish Rutherford,Brad Wilson, Josh Finnie, Shawn Hicks, Jack Hunter, Anaru Kitchen, Ben Cox(wk), Michael Rippon, Nathan Smith, Ben Raine, Matt Bacon
Cleaver (Wk), Worker, Young, Bruce, Clarkson, Barnett, Ludick, Foxcroft, Wheeler, Tickner, Ajaz.
*Rance has joined the Blackcaps squad for the T20 against SL & Ajaz will replace him in the eleven.
Rutherford, Wilson, Kitchen, Hicks, Cox (Wk), Finnie, Raine, Rippon, Smith, Bacon, Duffy (C)
*Broom will continue to be on the sidelines due to injury & Ben Raine will debut for Volts tomorrow.
My Dream11 Team:
(Can consider Cox too)
Batsmen: Rutherford, Bruce, Young
Allrounders: Worker, Kitchen, Raine
Bowlers: Wheeler, Tickner, Ajaz, Duffy.
Worker, Kitchen should be the safest choices in small leagues. While Raine, who’ll be playing his first game isn’t a bad option either considering he usually bowls in death & is a very handy batsman too.
In GL’s, Noema Barnett can be a very good punt as he has finally starting bowling in the last game & with Rance unavailable, he is expected to bowl more & also did well with bat in the Plunkett Shield.
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