NS-W vs AS-W Dream11 : Consistent Auckland Hearts play in their second straight final with the side looking to turnaround last year’s heartbreak
Playing in their third summit clash in the last four editions of the marquee league, when Auckland Hearts take to the middle today to square off against Northern Spirit, the side will be wishing fortuitously that this season is finally one where they banish their misfortunes in the final. The side have failed to win their previous two summit clashes with the most recent being a defeat in the coveted match last season itself, results which have left the side largely dejected.
However, where their form in the final is questionable, the consistency and level of excellence the team has achieved has no naysayers. Into their second straight final with six wins in the league stage encounters to finish in second spot, the side has once again showed why it’s held in such esteem in the New Zealand domestic cricketing fraternity.
Their aspirations to finally get their hands around the prestigious trophy will face a stern test today though with league leaders Northern Spirit set to make for a dicey test. With just a solitary defeat in their league clashes, the side was well clear of everyone else in the league stage, torching their way into today’s encounter with electric performances.
On a wicket where runs will be worth their value in gold, Northern Spirit’s batting heavy unit should take the side to a win. The side is laden to the brim with bats who can pile on runs under the most treacherous of conditions, ones which should see them lift up the glistening trophy today.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
Not the easiest of batting surfaces, the team winning the toss is bound to step out and opt to chase over here. Run scoring is a travesty with the new ball frisking about in the hands of the pacers in the morning period with the surface waning and wavering to open up for the slower bowlers as the match runs down its course.
Probable Playing 11
Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Katie Gurrey, Felicity Leydon-Davis (C), Eimear Richardson, Kate Anderson, Makayla Templeton, Olivia Lobb, Charlotte Sarsfield, Lily Mulivai, Carolyn Esterhuizen, Lauren Heaps
Lauren Down, Saachi Shahri, Arlene Kelly, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson (C), Regina Lilii, Holly Huddleston, Bella Armstrong, Fran Jonas, Tariel Lamb, Jane Barnett
Hallyburton Johnstone Shield 2019-20
Match: Northern Spirit Vs Auckland Hearts Final
Date And Time: 14th March, Saturday- 3:00am IST
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Telecast: Star Sports 2/HD
NS-W vs AS-W Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
Northern Spirit’s opener and wicket-keeper, Bernadine Bezuidenhout makes an advent into our Dream 11 side as our pick behind the wickets for today’s upcoming contest. The player has been in imperious touch across her stay in the league, someone who has piled on a hoard of runs inside the powerplay overs.
NS-W vs AS-W Dream11 Batswomen
We begin this ambit of our Dream 11 component with the selection of Felicity Leydon-Davis from Northern Spirit for the contest. The player has seen her versatile skill set come to the fore this campaign with her 297 runs and 5 wickets leading her side to the top of the points tally.
The side’s top scorer with an astounding 566 runs, Katie Gurrey accompanies her for the encounter whilst from Auckland Hearts we’ll be indulging in the services of Katie Perkins who has scored 266 runs till now along with their succulent opener, Lauren Down.
NS-W vs AS-W Dream11 All-Rounders
With 153 runs in the league and the 10 wickets to go with them, Anna Peterson from Auckland Heart has assiduously worked her way to make things tedium for the opposition. She’s the pinch effect all-rounder to venture into for this clash with the player being in resplendent touch this sortie.
Arlene Kelly will be her partner for this upcoming fixture whilst her wicket to wicket lethal form of bowling sees us rope in the ravishing Eimear Richardson for the forthcoming tie.
NS-W vs AS-W Dream11 Bowling Order
Having snared 5 wickets in her last 4 encounters, Carolyn Esterhuizen from Northern Spirit was always going to be an instant pick for us. She’s going to be quissential to her side’s chances of scripting a win on the day with her ability to send down a wicket to wicket line and length seeing her come up with wickets at regular intervals.
Lauren Heaps comes in to complete the duo from the side whilst it was always prudent of us to move in for Fran Jonas from the other side given her ability to get the ball to frisk around.
NS-W vs AS-W Dream11 Captain And Vice-Captain
Auckland Hearts Bat First: Her all-round skill set sees us make Peterson our captain whilst Felicity is our vice-captain.
Northern Spirit Bat First: Gurrey captains our side while Perkins is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Team
Bernadine, Felicity, Gurrey, Perkins, Down, Peterson, Kelly, Richardson, Carolyn, Jonas, Heaps
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Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.