The sixth match of the Women’s Super Smash will be played between Otago Sparks and Auckland Hearts on December 29 at John Davies Oval in Queenstown. The game will begin at 3.30 AM IST (11 AM LOCAL).
While Otago Sparks will play their third game of the competition, having won one and lost one, Auckland Hearts will feature in their second, having lost their last match.
Otago Sparks: Bella James, Felicity Leydon-Davis, Olivia Gain, Paige Loggenberg, Saffron Wilson, Suzie Bates (c), Caitlin Blakely, Gemma Adams, Kate Ebrahim, Jordan Meltzer (Wk), Polly Inglis (Wk), Sophie Gray (Wk), Chloe Deerness, Eden Carson, Emma Black, Hayley Jensen, Molly Loe, Sophie Oldershaw
Auckland Hearts: Izzy Gaze (Wk), Sarah Carnachan (Wk), Katie Perkins, Lauren Down (c), Saachi Shahri, Prue Catton, Skye Bowden, Emma Irwin, Makayla Templeton, Holly Huddleston, Bella Armstrong, Anna Browning, Sydney Bultitude, Molly Penfold, Arlene Kelly, Fran Jonas, Josie Penfold, Amie Hucker, Amberly Parr-Thompson, Bree Illing
Players to Watch
The captain and right-handed opening batter of Otago Sparks scored a brilliant century in her last outing against Northern Brave. She muscled an unbeaten 101 off 67, including eight boundaries and four sixes. She put together 128 runs for the third wicket with Kate Ebrahim.
The talented all-rounder of Otago Sparks made valuable contributions with bat and ball in the last match against Northern Brave. The right-handed middle-order batter smashed 52 off 32, hitting five boundaries and a six. She claimed 27/2 in four overs with the ball, bowling right-arm medium pace.
The right-arm speedster of Auckland Hearts was one of the three wicket-takers for her side in the last fixture against Canterbury Magicians. Coming into bowl as the first change, she accounted for 17/1 in three overs and was the most economical bowler. She bowled well in the death overs, striking in the 18th over.
The right-handed opening batter of Auckland Hearts top-scored for her team in her last appearance against Canterbury Magicians. She hammered 68 off 55, including eight hits to the fence. She shared a 60-run stand with skipper Lauren Down for the second wicket.
It will be the second game of the tournament at the venue. The last match saw more than 300 runs being scored, and 10 wickets fell in the process. The wicket looks good for batting. Another high-scoring contest could be on the cards.
The weather is expected to see some sun, then turn cloudy. It will not be that warm. The maximum temperature attained during the day will be 23 degrees Celsius. There will be a 60 percent cloud cover and a one percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the west-northwest.
Fantasy Playing XI
Polly Inglis, Suzie Bates, Saachi Shahri, Lauren Down, Kate Ebrahim, Bella Armstrong, Caitlin Blakely, Emma Black, Hayley Jensen, Arlene Kelly, Molly Penfold
Date: December 29, 2022
Time: 3.30 AM IST (11 AM LOCAL)
Venue: John Davies Oval, Queenstown
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