First place Canterbury takes on fifth-placed Otago.
Date: 10th March 2021
Time: 10.30 am (New Zealand)
Format: 4-day cricket
Location: Main Power 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?
- Canterbury Kings 10/11
- Otago Volts 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?
- Canterbury Kings 4/5
- Otago Volts 11/10
Who will lead after the first innings?
- Canterbury Kings 4/5
- Otago Volts 11/10
- Draw 50/1
Canterbury Kings Form and Preview
Canterbury Kings to win odds: 4/9
The Canterbury Kings sit proudly at the top of the table after four rounds of matches. They are yet to taste defeat and have had three wins and one draw so far. We have been impressed with what we have seen from the Kings and we can see why they are strong favourites in the betting odds. They are 20 points clear from the Northern District and will be looking to build on that with a win over 5th placed Otago Volts here.
If we go back to their first match back in October, they had a comfortable win over Wellington by 8 wickets. With the ball, they really impressed getting Wellington out in the first innings for just 65. Matt Henry took excellent figures of 4/22. They then put on 156 in the first innings with Chad Bowes top-scoring with 34 from 111 balls. Slow and steady! In the second innings the weather had improved and so did the Wellington batting where they put on 212 from 80.5 overs. Canterbury finished in style with 126/2 from 29.5 overs to chase the score down and get the match won.
In the second match, a repeat of the first, Canterbury again had a comfortable win – by an innings and 19 runs. Fraser Sheat impressed with the ball in the first innings with 5/25 and Will Williams in the second innings with 5/58.
In their third win, against the Northern Districts Canterbury was again in fine form winning by an innings and 32 runs. They batted first and put on 266 in 90 overs which did not look like a big score. The bowing unit worked well forcing the follow on getting them all out for 113 in the first innings. They then got them all out for 121 in the second innings bagging themselves 18 points in the process. Fraser Sheet had another five-for in the second innings with final figures of 5/31 from 16 overs.
Otago Volts form and preview
Otago Volts to win odds: 7/4
Otago is the smallest of the districts in New Zeland cricket but always seem to punch above their weight. They currently sit 5th from 6 in the table with 1 win and 1 draw so far. They have 26 points and are 8 points clear of bottom-placed Wellington. They will need to put in a very impressive performance here if they are to have any chance of beating Canterbury.
In their opening game, they got an absolute stuffing from Auckland by an innings and 129 runs. In their second innings, they got the lowest total of this years tournament – 58 all out. Jacob Duffy took 3/60 which was the best figures from all the bowlers as Auckland got 369/9 before declaring.
Next up as a game against the Northern Districts where they lost by 90 runs bt put in a much-improved performance. Duffy was again at a good line and length with the ball taking 4/52 in the first innings. Otago only managed 179 all out and we well behind at the end of the first innings. They were then all out for 330 chasings down an improbable 400 t win the match. Cam Hawkins got a decent 90 from 211 balls but 40 always looked too far for them.
Otago then got their first win of the season against Wellington, by 84 runs. This was not an expected win as WEllington have been playing well. Otago batted first and got 265 all out, which looked an average score at best. Dale Phillips top-scored with 65 runs from 85 balls. They then got Wellington out for 205, the main man Jacob Duffy doing the damage again with 4/52 from 28 overs, leaving them with a 60 run lead.
In the second innings, Otago put on 218/3 before declaring to try and get a result. Dale Phillips was the top run-scorer in both innings with 83 not out. Otago managed to get Wellington all out for 194 to seal the win. Yet again Jacob Duffy took the most wickets with 4/69 from 19.5 overs in the second innings.
This match will be a tough ask for Otago and we are not expecting them to win. The win over Wellington will give them some confidence that on their day they can beat anyone.