Wellington Blaze are favorites to win
Northern Brave Women will take on Wellington Blaze at Seddon Park, Hamilton. Match 24 of the 2022-23 Women’s Super Smash gets underway at 10:00 local time on Saturday 28th January.
Although they are not bottom of the table, Northern Brave Women have won only one of their seven games in the tournament. They are in fifth place with only Central Hinds beneath them. Northern Brave Women lost their last game against Auckland Aces on Sunday.
Northern Brave Women have struggled with their batting in the last two games. They made 101-9 in Match 16 and were bowled out for 89, when chasing 93 to win, in Match 21. Only Brooke Halliday, Sam Curtis and Amanda-Jade Wellington made double figures in the last game.
Northern Brave Women’s bowlers put in an impressive showing against Auckland Aces in the last game, bowling them out for 92. English medium pacer, Phoebe Graham, took 3-11 and was well backed up Lucy Boucher and Brooke Halliday who both took two wickets.
Northern Brave Women have lost five of their last seven and have been beating their last two games.
Some teams struggle with the pressure of being the pace-setters at the top of the table, but Wellington Blaze are not that team. They have won all eight of their games in the 2022-23 Women’s Super Smash and beat second placed Canterbury Magicians by 114 runs in their last match.
Wellington Blaze hit 208-4 in the big win over Canterbury Magicians with Charli Knott (51 runs from 24 balls) and Laura Harris (67 not out from 27 balls) putting on over 100 runs for the fourth wicket. Opener Rebecca Burns hit 52 in the previous game and the entire top order will come into this game in strong form.
It was a fantastic team bowling performance from Wellington Blaze in Match 22 with all six bowlers used taking a wicket. Medium pacer Caitlin King took 3-13 from three overs with Nicole Baird picking up sixth and seventh wickets from the last three games.
Wellington Blaze have won every game in this tournament with their smallest winning margin of 11 runs.
The match will be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton. Medium and quick paced bowlers will have the most joy on this pitch and we expect a par score over around 135.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, match odds, and prediction for Northern Brave vs Wellington Blaze, Super Smash Women 2023
Bernadine Bezuidenhout(wk), Eimear Richardson(c), Brooke Halliday, Sam Barriball, Nensi Patel, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Lucy Boucher, Marama Downes, Marina Lamplough, Carol Agafili, Phoebe Graham
Rebecca Burns, Thamsyn Newton, Amelia Kerr(c), Maddy Green, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Kerr, Jessica McFadyen(wk), Caitlin King, Xara Jetly, Nicole Baird, Olivia Boivin
We are expecting a one-sided game in Hamilton with Wellington Blaze in fantastic form. Northern Brave Women have produced some good performances but right now their batting is not up to a good enough standard. Wellington Blaze are a very strong unit and we are backing them to win this match.
Wellington Blaze are favorites to beat Northern Brave Women
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