CS vs WF Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Dec 17, 2022

CS vs WF Match Prediction - Dec 17, 2022

With all six teams still pretty much in contention to progress, The Ford Trophy 202/23 is pretty tightly poised at the moment. The teams placed at the fifth and the top spot are within a game of difference from each other and that speaks volumes about how close the competition has been. The next few matches should bring about a lot of clarity about the qualification scenarios. 

Up next in the tournament, we have Central Stags set to take on Wellington Firebirds in a match of significant importance for both these sides. While one side will be hoping to get to the top of the ladder, the other team would want to get into the reckoning for the same spot. With so much to play for, both these sides are expected to come out hard at each other. 

The match between the two sides is to be played on 18th December 2022 at the McLean Park, Napier. 

CS vs WF Team Previews

Central Districts


Central Districts have been terrific in recent times, regularly qualifying for the knockouts in most of the tournaments they have played in the last few years. A lot of that can be attributed to their superb batting unit and not a lot has been different this year too. They are placed pretty well on the ladder and a win here will push them right to the top of the ladder. 




Precisely, they are placed at the second spot with three wins from five matches. They have suffered a couple of losses, coming against Wellington Firebirds and Auckland Aces. They have been guilty of being a little complacent and would want to ensure that it doesn't happen in more important matches. 




On paper, they have a decent side with an insanely powerful batting lineup. They are a little fragile though and we have seen them crumble in the tournament twice already. They have the personnel required to do the job on paper and if they can play to their potential, they will be very difficult to defeat yet again. 



Central Districts Playing 11

Ben Smith, Brett Randell, Brad Schmulian, Jayden Lennox, Raymond Toole, William Clark, Dane Cleaver, Josh Clarkson, Jack Boyle, Seth Rance, Tom Bruce.

Wellington Firebirds

Wellington Firebirds once used to be a force to deal with in New Zealand’s domestic circuit but that hasn’t been the case of late. While they have had some excellent victories in recent times, their dominance has certainly died down a bit. They will be looking upto this tournament to regain that, at least some of it with a title win. For that to happen though, they will need to register a few more wins in their next four matches.

As it currently stands on the points table, they are placed at the fifth spot with two wins from a total of five matches, aggregating to nine points. They have won two and lost three. The good thing for them is that their win includes a win over Northern Districts, who have been one of the better sides of the competition. They also have a pretty poor net run-rate of -0.777, which can prove to be a big difference if things get tight towards the end. 

With a couple of Kiwi internationals available, Wellington Firebirds have a pretty good side on paper too. It’s just that they have not been able to convert decent positions to wins. They will need their experienced players to come good in this tough assignment and if they can do that, getting past them could prove to be pretty challenging.

Wellington Firebirds Playing 11

Callum McLachlan, Luke Georgeson, Peter Younghusband, Tim Robinson, Finn Allen, Logan van Beek, Michael Snedden, Nick Kelly, Ollie Newton, Rachin Ravindra, Troy Johnson.

CS vs WF Toss Prediction

It’s an important match and with rain likely to play spoilsport, both sides would want to seize advantage at the toss. The weather and the conditions will all favor the bowlers and both captains will know that. Considering that and the fact that there will be plenty of unknowns about the surface, both captains will want to elect to field first. 



Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

It’s the first match of the season at Napier and there will be plenty of unknowns surrounding the surface. Historically, there is a lot available for both batsmen and bowlers but proper application would be the key. It’s likely to be raining in Napier at some time during the match and the quicker bowlers will hold an advantage. Besides, the juice in the surface early in the morning will assist them even further. The team batting first will need to dig it out in the initial few overs and if they are able to do that, a big score will be on offer, especially with short boundaries here at this venue. If they are able to score anything over 250, the team batting first will hold the upper hand. 

CS vs WF Betting Tips

It is an important contest for both sides for different reasons. Wellington Firebirds would want to get back to the reckoning and getting the win here will help them big time. Central Stags, on the other hand, will want to get to top of the table and regain momentum. Considering how the two sides are panned out, Central Stags appear ahead. But Wellington Firebirds are just about catching up and seem to be hitting their best just at the right time. They also defeated Central Districts in the last meeting between the two sides and that could be a factor. For that and the risk-reward ratio on offer, we will be backing Wellington Firebirds here in this match. Back Wellington to win. 



Today Match Prediction

Wellington Firebirds To Win the Match

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