Survival challenge for Northern Knights against Kings
Canterbury Kings to win
Canterbury Kings would be looking to continue with their domination as they battle it out against the Northern Knights in the 16th game of the season. The Kings won their third game of the season against the Auckland Aces and they look in good form right now. The Knights come here after a big loss against the Wellington Firebirds and will have to pull up their socks in this game.
It has been an extremely bad season for the Northern Knights so far where most of their players have been in poor form. Regular changes made to the side in the five games haven’t helped the cause either. With Canterbury Kings looking in great form for now it would be interesting to see if the Knights are able to make a strong comeback in this game and keep their hopes alive for a place in the knockout stages.
Cole McConchie would be proud of the efforts of his bowlers who successfully defended a mediocre total in the last game against the Auckland Aces winning it by 6 runs in the end. They have three wins in four games and have played well as a unit. McConchie would be aware of Knights’ struggle and look to exploit it in this game.
Chad Bowes and Ken McClure need to convert their starts as they have failed to do so in the last few games. Their middle order is looking great at the moment with the likes of Daryl Mitchell, Jack Boyle and McConchie doing well. Leo Carter played as great knock in the last game and together with Cam Fletcher adds strength to the lower middle order.
Ed Nutall was expensive in the last game and he will look to improve his stats here. Matt Henry and McConchie bowled with lot of determination in the game and look good at the moment. The side would also be expecting good show from Todd Astle and Mitchell who did well in the last game. Will Williams makes this bowling attack formidable ahead of the next game.
Cole McConchie (c), Chad Bowes, Ken McClure, Jack Boyle, Daryl Mitchell, Leo Carter, Cam Fletcher (wk), Matt Henry, Todd Astle, Will Williams, Ed Nuttall
Will Williams, Cole McConchie, TD Astle, Daryl Mitchell, Ed Nuttall, Matt Henry, Ken McClure, Chad Bowes, Leo Carter, Jack Boyle, Cameron Fletcher
After a win against Central Stags that raised some hopes, Anton Devcich’s side suffered yet another crashing defeat against the Wellington Firebirds in the last game. They were bowled out for mere 105 runs losing the game by 80 runs. The side now has four losses in five games and needs to win this one by a big margin to grab points and improve their net run rate.
Tim Seifert has been consistent at the top but he will need support from his opening partner Katene Clarke who has failed in most games. Their middle order has been inconsistent and in the last game only Jeet Raval could reach double digit score. Devcich would have to hold the middle order together and expect good support from Joe Carter and Mitchell Santner. Brett Hampton and Scott Kuggeleijn shall need to contribute down the order in this game.
Their bowlers have been all over the place in most games and allowed the opponents to put up huge scores on the board. Matthew Fisher and Kuggeleijn will have to make good use of the new ball. Santner has to use his experience and guide the likes of Zak Gibson, Hampton and Joe Walker to challenge Canterbury Kings’ strong batting line-up.
Anton Devcich (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Katene Clarke, Jeet Raval, Joe Carter, Mitchell Santner, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Zak Gibson, Joe Walker, Matthew Fisher
Anton Devcich, Brett Hampton, Joe Carter, Jeet Raval, Peter Bocock, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Anurag Verma, Mitchell Santner, Joe Walker, FL Walker
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||22||0 mm.||4.8 k/h||From: ENE||73%|
|03h||21||0 mm.||6.7 k/h||From: ENE||19%|
|06h||19||0 mm.||7.04 k/h||From: ENE||13%|
|09h||16||0 mm.||6.61 k/h||From: ENE||1%|
|12h||16||0 mm.||6.48 k/h||From: ENE||7%|
|15h||15||0 mm.||6.14 k/h||From: ENE||26%|
|18h||16||0 mm.||6.07 k/h||From: ENE||49%|
|21h||18||0 mm.||6.16 k/h||From: ENE||90%|
There would be clear skies with odd cloud cover over Christchurch on January 15 and there might be some movement for the fast bowlers early on in the game. The ball would come on to the bat nicely on this surface. Batting first a side would need a score of around 180 runs to defend it successfully.
Hagley Oval, Christchurch is one of the smallest grounds in New Zealand with short boundaries around the square region. Batsmen have always enjoyed batting on this surface as the ball comes on to the bat nicely. Fast bowlers do well here but it is challenging venue as far as the spinners are concerned.
In the two games played so far at this venue the side batting first has gone on to win both the games. The pitch has been a good one to bat on and there hasn’t been much support for the bowlers early on in the game. Thus we expect the side winning the toss in this game to bat first.
Northern Knights find themselves in deep trouble at the moment. Things aren’t working for them and the side has so far not seen contributions from its key players. It would require a lion hearted effort from the side to win this game. Canterbury Kings on the other hand have all their bases covered and playing at home they would start favorites in this contest.
Canterbury Kings to win