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Central Districts vs. Warriors: Team Lineups and Match Preview

South African champion outfit the Warriors take on the Kiwi Central Districts tomorrow morning in what will surely be one -sided display

With the Districts showing glimpses of glamour in this tournament- such as having the Chennai Super Kings in trouble at 40 for 3 in the ninth over of their opener- only to let it all go, this game could be a real entertainer.

However, at the same time this team has not had the stamina or depth to go the distance.

In their second match up with Victoria, they had Victoria counterparts on the ropes needing 66 from 39 balls, before an Aaron Finch onslaught once again sent them packing.

Then there are the Warriors who have gone about their wins with clinical finesse.

In a similar scenario against Victoria, Hussey departed with 65 needed from 36 balls, when the incredibly cool and reliable Rusty Theron weaved his magic claiming three wickets in the space of eight deliveries as the Warriors snuffed out the match in a ruthless fashion.


Warriors (probable) - Davey Jacobs (capt), Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Justin Kreusch, Mark Boucher, Johan Botha, Craig Thyssen, Nicky Boje, Rusty Theron,  Makhaya Ntini,  Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Central Districts (probable) - Peter Ingram, Jamie How, George Worker, Mathew Sinclair, Bevan Griggs/Tim Weston (wk), Kieran Noema-Barnett, Brendon Diamanti, Doug Bracewell, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan/Seth Rance, Michael Mason

With the Districts side showing glimpses of magic, the bookies have been somewhat conservative putting the Warriors at 1.42, to Central's 3.2.

Some might feel that the odds should be more heavily shifted towards the Saffa's, however if Central are to actually take advantage when on top of their opposition, a win could very likely result.

On the top scorer front Jamie How comes off the back of a magnificent unbeaten 77 that shoots him straight to the top of the favorites list at 3.75, with Matt Sinclair due a big innings at 4.5

Tim Weston, who also has failed to showcase his true talent in this tournament, sits at 7.0

While individuals like How have found very little support with the bat, the Warriors' captain Davey Jacobs, has had the comfort of having someone with Mark Boucher's class coming in to beef up his middle order.

Jacob is favoured to top score for the hosts with 3.75, to 'Mr. Reliable'- Ashwell Price at 4.33

One must feel that this game will be won by the big hits and bowling accuracy.

With the Districts' most penetrative bowler having been Doug Bracewell, who has gone at nearly eight an over for his three wickets- this gives an indication of the accuracy that will be essential in tomorrow's clash.

There is daylight between these two sides, with a Warriors bet being enticing considering the conservative manner in which the bookies have approached this math-up.

It really is hard to see the Central Districts troubling the Warriors, who very much seem set for a semi-final berth.

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