The 11th match of the Women’s Super Smash will be played between Wellington Blaze and Northern Brave on January 4 at Basin Reserve in Wellington. The game will begin at 3.30 AM IST (11 AM LOCAL).
Both teams will play their fourth game of the tournament. While Wellington Blaze have been invincible, winning three out of three, Northern Brave have registered just one win in three outings.
Wellington Blaze: Jessica McFadyen (wk), Maddy Green, Rebecca Burns, Georgia Plimmer, Caitlin King, Sophie Devine, Amelia Kerr (c), Thamsyn Newton, Olivia Boivin, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Kerr, Bethany Molony, Xara Jetly, Maneka Singh, Deanna Doughty, Natasha Codyre, Rose Fenton
Northern Brave: Bernadine Bezuidenhout (Wk), Caitlin Gurrey, Carol Agafili, Sam Barriball, Yasmeen Kareem, Brooke Halliday, Eimear Richardson (c), Lucy Boucher, Nensi Patel, Tash Wakelin, Holly Topp (Wk), Amanda-Jade Wellington, Charlotte Sarsfield, Emma Baker, Eve Wolland, Kayley Knight, Lauren Heaps, Marama Downes, Marina Lamplough, Phoebe Graham, Shriya Naidu
Players to Watch
The captain of Wellington Blaze made useful contributions with bat and ball in her last outing against Canterbury Magicians. Batting at number four, the right-hander muscled 38 off 35, including five boundaries. She claimed 30/1 in four overs, bowling right-arm leg-spin.
The right-handed top-order batter of Wellington Blaze was the most successful batter for her team in the last game against Canterbury Magicians. She hammered 40 off 28, peppering the boundary rope seven times. In the process, she stitched a 55-run partnership with Amelia Kerr for the third wicket.
The right-handed middle-order batter of Northern Brave struck a delightful half-century in the last fixture against Central Hinds. Batting at number four, she blasted five boundaries and two sixes in her entertaining knock. She came into bat in the fifth over and was there till the 19th over of the innings.
The wily right-arm leg-spinner from Australia was the pick of the bowlers for Northern Brave in her last appearance against Central Hinds. She scalped 29/3 in four overs, including a double strike in the 19th over. She bowled well in the middle and death overs.
It will be the second game of the tournament at the venue. The last match saw 273 runs being scored. 13 wickets fell in the process. Though the wicket looks good for batting, a thick cloudy cover may assist the fast bowlers. A riveting battle between the bat and the ball could be on the cards.
The weather is expected to be cloudy. The maximum temperature attained during the day will be 23 degrees Celsius. There will be a 100 percent cloud cover and a 25 percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the west-northwest.
Fantasy Playing XI
Jessica McFadyen, Caitlin Gurrey, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Rebecca Burns, Maddy Green, Sam Barriball, Amelia Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Jess Kerr, Xara Jetly
Date: January 4, 2023
Time: 3.30 AM IST (11 AM LOCAL)
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington
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