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Central Stags v Wellington Firebirds Plunket Trophy Preview – Can Wellington finally get a win?

Last seasons champions, Wellington Firebirds take on the Central Stags in the Plunket trophy.

Date: 10th March 2021

Time: 10.30 am (New Zealand)

Format: 4-day cricket

Location: McClean Park

Chances of winning*

Stags 55.6%
Firebirds 50%

*Chances of winning are created using betting odds inferred % chances.

Betting Preview

Who will win between the Central Stags and Wellington Firebirds? 

Looking at the two squads we think the Central Stags will win this Plunket Shield match. They have a number of quality players returning to the side after Australias T20 tour ended.

Latest betting odds*

Odds are correct at the time of writing and taken from various betting apps*

Who will win the coin toss?

  • Central Stags 10/11
  • Wellington Firebirds 10/11

What will be the method of the first dismissal? 

  • Caught 2/5
  • Bowled 7/2
  • LBW 11/2
  • Run out 21/1
  • Stumped 20/1
  • Other 200/1

Who will have the highest opening partnership?

  • Central Stags 4/5
  • Wellington Firebirds 7/8

Who will lead after the first innings?

  • Central Stags 10/11
  • Wellington Firebirds 10/11
  • Draw 50/1

Central Stags to win odds: 5/4*

Wellington Firebirds to win odds: 1/1*

Central Stags Form and Preview

The Stags were the back to back winners of the Plunket Trophy in 2018 and 2019 and they lost their title to the Wellington Firebirds in 2020. This looks set to be a great game between the two teams and should be a good match to watch for New Zealand cricket fans. The matches are played between Australia’s tour the has just finished and the Bangladesh tour that starts on the 16th of March.

The Stags have not started this year Plunket Cup well with just one win from the first four rounds of action. Getting a win here will be essential if they are to improve on their current 4th in the table. They have lost two matches so far and have had one abandoned due to the weather – their round three match against Auckland (Abandonded without a ball being bowled).

Their first win came about after a rain-interrupted three days. Both teams elected to forfeit an innings in order to get a result in the match. This worked well for the Stags who chased down 254 to win in 66.3 overs. George Worker was the top scorer with 93 runs from 166 balls.

In the recent Summer Smash series, the Stags performed well, albeit at the T20 level. They finished second in the group stages and were then eliminated at the first semi-final by the Canterbury Kings.

Stefan Hook is a player to watch. The seamer made his first-class debut last summer and looks a good prospect for the Stags. It will be interesting to see if he plays here and how well he plays at this level.

Wellington Firebirds Form and Preview

The Firebirds sit bottom of the table currently and are yet to get a win in this year’s event. They have played four matches so far and have lost three of them, with one game abandoned without a result. They sit 44 points behind the leaders, Canterbury, and are mostly playing for pride here. As last seasons champions their defence of the title has been a poor one so far. With a few more players back from around the district this could be an opportunity to turn their form around.

In their opening match against Canterbury, they had one of the worst batting performances that we have ever seen – all out for 65 from 34.1 overs. Devon Conway top-scored with 31 – almost half of the teams runs. Matt Henry did the damage for Canterbury taking 4/22 as the Wellington batting collapsed. This kind of performance will need to be avoided against the Stags if they are to have any chance of winning.

In the round two matches, they struggled batting first again, this time getting to 115 all out. Canterbury then hit 410/6 before declaring to send the Firebirds back into bat. They did perform better in the second innings, 276 all out, but it was not enough to avoid an innings and 19 runs defeat. Jamie Gibson performed well with the bat in the second innings with 1a6 not out, this was his first century in first-class cricket.