Date: 11th March 2021
Time: 10.30 am (New Zealand)
Format: 4-day cricket
Location: Cobham Oval
Chances of winning*
*Chances of winning are created using betting odds inferred % chances.
Odds are correct at the time of writing and taken from various betting apps*
Who will win the coin toss?
- Northern Districts 10/11
- Auckland 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?
- Northern Districts 10/11
- Auckland 10/11
Who will lead after the first innings?
- Northern Districts 4/5
- Auckland 11/10
- Draw 50/1
Northern Districts to win odds: 5/4
Last match: Win over Central Districts by 40 runs
Auckland to win odds: 1/1
Last match: Draw with Wellington
Northern Districts Form and Preview
Northern Districts are having a good Plunket Sheild campaign this season. They sit second, 2o points behind leaders Wellington. In 4 matches so far they have won 2 and lost 2. A win here would help to keep them in the hunt to win the Sheild this year. This is a great improvement on last years event where they only managed 1 win in the whole Sheild. They finished on 42 points last year which is the same amount of points as they have now, a massive improvement all round for them.
They were unlucky to start the Sheild with a loss this year. The game was heavily affected by the rain leaving it as a one innings match to enable them to get it finished. They declared on 253/9 after 65 overs to try and win the match. Unfortunately, the score was not big enough and the eventually lost to the Central Districts who chased the score down in 66 overs losing just 3 wickets. Jeet Raval hit 68 runs as the top-performing batsman. Neil Wagner took all 3 of the wickets for 65 runs.
Round 2 of matches brought their first win, a 90 run win over Otago. Joe Carter got things off to a great start with a 146 not out as the Northern Districts put on 335 in the first innings. Tim Southee was in hot form with the ball taking 5/42 from 14 over to limit Otago to just 179. ND then put on 264 runs for 7 wickets before declaring setting a total of 400 for the win. Otago had a good go but eventually fell short at 330 all out. Ish Sodhi took 4/89.
Northern Districts had a disaster here losing by an innings and 32 runs. They were all out for 113 in the first innings and then all out for 121 in the second innings. They were really poor in this match!
This was the last match and their last win. They have alternated between wins and loses so far this tournament. They performed much better here with bat and ball. Tim Southee was the top bowler again with 3/50 in the first innings and then 4/53 in the second innings. They will need another performance like that here in order to get a win.
Auckland Form and Preview
Auckland sites third in the table, just one point behind second-placed Northern districts. They have won 2 of their 4 matches so far and lost 1, with 1 match abandoned with no result.
This year’s Plunked Shield kicked off with a thrashing of Otago by an innings and 129 runs. Aukland impressed with the bat and ball. Bun Horne hit 162 runs as part of a first innings score of 369/9. The bowlers then tore through Otago in the second innings getting them all about for a paltry 54 runs. Kyle Jamieson was the stand out bowler in the second innings with 5/39 from 12.5 overs.
Next up they recorded another win, over the Central Districts, by 25 runs. This was a much closer match and another good performance from Auckland. They sat on top of the table after this match. In the first innings with the ball, Kyle Jamieson again impressed with another 5-for, 5/41 from 17 overs. With the bat is was more of a team performance with the highest score across the two innings coming from Glenn Phillips with 68 runs.
Round 3 was a washout with no balls bowled, the teams took 4 points each as usual in this situation.
In the last round, the match with Wellington ended in a draw after some big scores were posted at a slower pace. Auckland opened with 279 in the first innings with Mark Chapman top-scoring with 95 runs. Wellington then put in an excellent batting performance, finishing on 446 from 149.3 overs. Kyle Jamison was at it again with his third 5-for in 4 matches, finishing with 5/86.
Auckland got to 297/5 before the match was declared a void.