- Match- Central Stags vs Wellington
- Date- 18th February 2021
- Match Format- 50-Over
- Venue- Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
- Time- 3:30 AM (IST)
- Weather Forecast – Cloudy, 19-23 °C
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CS vs WF Today Match Prediction, Match 24, The Ford Trophy, 18th February 2022
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Central Stags will lock horns with Wellington Firebirds in the 24th Match of The Ford Trophy 2022 as Pukekura Park in New Plymouth will host this fixture.
Central Stags are on fire this season as they won all the games they played so far by heavy margins. While two of their past matches were abandoned due to rain playing spoilsport. They faced Otago in their last fixture and defeated them by a heavy margin of 200 runs as the game was reduced to 37 overs per side due to rain.
Batting first, Stags posted 317 runs by the end of 50 overs losing seven wickets. Bayley Wiggins smashed 80 off 64 while Will Young (40 off 26) and Ross Taylor (45 off 36) played an excellent knock. Adam Milne added to the misery of Otago bowlers hammering a 21-ball half-century. Jarrod McKay gave a whopping 81 runs in his six overs and proved to be quite expensive for Otago.
In the chase, Otago was knocked all over at 114 runs by the end of 23.5 Overs. Their whole top order was dismissed at single digits as Seth Rance went on to bag three scalps. Adam Milne, Doug Bracewell, and Jayden Lennox bagged two scalps each.
Top Batsmen for Central Stags
- Will Young- 147 Runs in 2 Matches, 73.50 Average
- Josh Clarkson- 85 Runs in 3 Matches, 42.50 Average
Top Bowlers for Central Stags
- Seth Rance- 8 Wickets in 3 Matches, 3.58 Economy
- Blair Tickner- 6 Wickets in 3 Matches, 4.81 Economy
On the other hand, Firebirds are currently placed in the 2nd spot with four wins in six matches while one of their matches had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain. They faced Canterbury in their last fixture and defeated the latter by three wickets.
After being asked to bat first, Canterbury posted a total of 218 Runs by the end of 50 overs losing eight wickets. Apart from Chad Bowers the other Canterbury batters simply failed to convert their innings to a higher score as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. James Neesham and van Beek chipped two wickets each while Ben Sears, Rachin Ravindra, Bracewell, and Ollie Newton bagged a single scalp each.
In the chase, Finn Allen (68 off 65) and Rachin Ravindra gave a platform with a 90 run partnership for the first wicket. Nathan Smith and Logan van Beek put up an unbeaten partnership of 53 runs sealing the win for Wellington in 42.2 overs.
Top Batsmen for Wellington Firebirds
- Troy Johnson- 261 Runs in 5 Matches, 52.20 Average
- Finn Allen- 185 Runs in 5 Matches, 37.80 Average
Top Bowler for Wellington Firebirds
- Michael Bracewell- 7 Wickets in 5 Matches, 4.81 Economy
- Ollie Newton- 7 Wickets in 4 Matches, 6.06 Economy
There are probable chances of interruption due to rain in this match as the cloudy weather could bring some possible downpour. The temperature will hover around 19-23 °C. We might expect a delay in the toss due to rain.
- Precipitation: 49%
- Humidity: 91%
- Wind: 8 km/h
STATS – ODI
|Matches won bowling first||1|
|Average 1st Inns scores||312|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||313|
|Highest total recorded||313/7 (49.2 Ov) by SL vs ZIM|
|Highest score chased||313/7 (49.2 Ov) by SL vs ZIM|
CS vs WF Probable Playing 11
Central Stags Playing 11
Ben Smith, Bayley Wiggins (wk), Will Young, Ross Taylor, Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, Adam Milne, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner, Jayden Lennox
WK- Bayley Wiggins
BAT- Will Young, Ross Taylor, Tom Bruce, Ben Smith
AR- Doug Bracewell, Josh Clarkson
BOW- Adam Milne, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner, Jayden Lennox
Wellington Firebirds Playing 11
Finn Allen, Rachin Ravindra, Devon Conway, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell (c), James Neesham, Troy Johnson, Nathan Smith, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Ben Sears
WK- Tom Blundell
BAT- Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Troy Johnson
AR- Michael Bracewell, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Logan van Beek
BOW- Nathan Smith, Ben Sears, Ollie Newton
CS vs WF Match 24, Who will win the match, Today Match Prediction
Central Stags are expected to win against Wellington Firebirds.
Central Stags looks a bit more balanced side than Firebirds on paper with their key players Will Young and Josh Clarkson. Backed by all wins in their past matches they are favorites to win this contest. They have an excellent bowling arsenal including Seth Rance, Ed Nuttall, and Jayden Lennox who bring experience with them.
On the other hand, Wellington Firebirds are also well-settled side with their key players in form. They have an excellent bowling arsenal including Ben Sears, Ollie Newton, and Michael Bracewell.
Popular Betting Odds For CS vs WF, Match 24, Today Match Prediction, Cricket Betting Tips
Top Batsman for Central Stags- Will Young (4.00)
Playing just two games for the Stags, Will Young has amassed 147 Runs at an average of 73. He hammered 107 off 110 runs in his first match against Auckland and played a crucial knock of 40 off 26 in the last match against Otago. Carrying his red-hot form in this contest he will pose a probable threat to the Canterbury Bowlers.
Top Batsman for Wellington Firebirds- Finn Allen (3.75)
Finn Allen has been in solid form with the bat in this edition, having mustered 185 runs at an average of 37. He scored 68 off 65 against Canterbury in his last outing. He is a decent player at the top order and his hard-hitting abilities cannot be neglected. Allen is a safe pick here for this contest due to his current form in the tournament.
Top Bowler for Central Stags- Seth Rance (4.00)
Rance is the leading wicket-taker for the Stags right now and is in excellent form. He has 8 scalps to his name in 3 games. He bagged three scalps in the last match against Otago giving 19 runs in his five overs. Rance will be looking to contribute a bit with the bat as well. Having age on his side the 34-year-old brings experience to his team and is expected to pick one or two scalps in this contest as well.
Top Bowler for Wellington Firebirds- Ben Sears (3.60)
Sears is a safe pick here as he returned with an economical spell bagging a wicket in the last outing against Canterbury. So far he has picked 2 wickets in 5 matches but is expected to make a comeback with his spell heading into this contest. He is likely to bag a scalp or two in this fixture.