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With T20s taking most of the limelight these days, first-class matches have definitely lost their charm. Having said that, it's only the first-class matches that define the structure of a term for the longest and arguably the most important test in cricket. Plunket Shield plays an important role in determining the shape of the New Zealand side and a number of youngsters put their best foot forward in order to make a name for themselves.
The 2022 edition of the competition is now pretty much at its back-end and the tournament is looking extremely well poised. Up next in the tournament are Northern Knights set to take on Central Districts in what is going to be an important match for both these sides. The match is to be played at the Cobham Oval (New), Whangarei from 29th March 2021.
When available at its full strength, Northern Knights is perhaps the best side in the Kiwi domestic circuit. Having said that, often they are not available at their full strength and the same is the case now with their most notable absentee being Kane Williamson. Despite most of their players missing throughout the season, they have done well to stay in the first half of the points table.
As it currently stands, they are placed third with three wins from six matches. They are in a decent position at the moment and a few more wins should push them to the top, provided the other results fall their way. On paper, they have the potential and all the resources to do so. They would want to be at their best in the fag end of the tournament and if they can do that, the Stags won't really stand much of a chance.
Bharat Popli, Jeet Raval, Katene Clarke, Joe Carter, Brett Hampton, Peter Bocock, Scott Kuggeleijn, Brett Randell, Neil Wagner, Joe Walker, Frederick Walker.
Unlike in the two shorter versions of the game, the returns for Central Districts in the Plunket Shield have been pretty ordinary. In fact, they are placed second from the bottom with just one win from six matches, totaling just 48 points. They are no longer in contention to get to the top but would certainly want to end their league stage with as many wins as they can.
On paper, they have a decent side that does look a bit low in temperament. No surprise that they have done better in the shorter format than in this one. However, they do have all it takes to register a win here and if they are able to play to their potential in this match, getting past them could prove to be incredibly difficult.
Ben Smith, Greg Hay, Brad Schmulian, Dane Cleaver, Tom Bruce, Josh Clarkson, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, William Clark, Jayden Lennox, Raymond Toole.
This is an important match of the tournament and could have a massive impact in governing the table-toppers. Considering how the two sides have played thus far and their respective on-paper combinations, the Northern Districts seem better. For that and the other reasons stated above, a bet on the Northern Districts' win should be the way to go here.
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