Canterbury look to top the table at the expense of Northern Knights
Canterbury will win the match
Super Smash league has reached the business end of the league phase with the top-3 teams being finalized practically. Canterbury, Wellington, and Central Districts are the top 3 teams and are on equal points so far. Northern Knights are out of the contention for the next stage and will look to finish their season on a high with a few wins in their final matches. Canterbury will look to top the table and go directly into the finals ahead of the other two teams. They will look to win this match and move up in the points table while Northern Knights will look to play spoilsport.
Northern Knights batting unit were set a revised target of 109 runs in a 10-over contest in their last game. Jeet Raval, Colin De GrandHomme, and Tim Seifert kept playing their shots from the ball one and kept their team in the hunt in chase. Mitchell Santner then helped his team finish the chase scoring a crucial 39 runs off 16 balls in the end.
Their pace bowling unit was taken for 140 runs in their 14 overs. Tim Southee and Scott Kuggleijn accounted for 2 wickets each while Anurag Verma and Santner chipped in with a wicket each in the match. Trent Boult was the most economical bowler with figures of 3-0-21-0 in the match.
Top players to bet on:
Anton Devcich – Devcich has 207 runs at a superb strike rate of 168 in this season so far. He will look to continue his purple patch with the bat and score runs at a good rate to help his team post a massive score in this match.
Mitchell Santner – Santner had superb match with the bat and ball in the last game as he scored 36 runs and had bowling figures of 2-0-17-1 in the game. Santner is one of the experienced T20 campaigners in their team.
Jeet Raval, Tim Seifert (wk), Anton Devcich (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Joe Carter, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Anurag Verma, Frederick Walker, Trent Boult
Anurag Verma, Katene Clarke, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Joe Walker, Trent Boult, Anton Devcich, Brett Hampton, Colin de Grandhomme, KS Williamson, TG Southee
Canterbury`s middle order trio of Jack Boyle (39 runs), Daryl Mitchell (34 runs), and Cole McConchie (48 runs) lead their 155-run chase after the openers were dismissed cheaply. They have excellent depth in their batting line-up despite having no big names like the opposition.
Their bowlers restricted the opposition to just 154 runs in the last game. Cole McConchie lead the bowling attack with 2 wickets while the duo of Todd Astle and Blake Coburn strangled the opposition in the middle overs with their combined figures of 8-0-51-1. Daryl Mitchell (1 wicket), and Matt Henry (2 wickets) chipped in with crucial wickets but gave runs at over 10 RPO.
Top players to bet on:
Daryl Mitchell – Mitchell is having a dream season with 187 runs at a strike rate of 143 and 6 wickets at an economy rate of 9 RPO in just the 4 matches he played this season. His all-round capability provides great balance to their team.
Cole McConchie – Skipper is leading the team from front with both bat and ball. He scored 48 runs and guided his team in the chase after ending with bowling figures of 4-0-14-2 in the first part of the match.
Chad Bowes, Ken McClure, Jack Boyle, Daryl Mitchell, Cole McConchie (c), Leo Carter, Cam Fletcher (wk), Matt Henry, Todd Astle, Will Williams, Blake Coburn
Will Williams, Cole McConchie, Daryl Mitchell, Jack Boyle, Matt Henry, Ed Nuttall, Ken McClure, Leo Carter, Chad Bowes, TD Astle, Cameron Fletcher
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Hamilton is expected to have a dark and cloudy weather on the match day. But, weather forecasters predict just around 20-30% chances of rain. We expect the rain to make only a brief appearance in the match.
Hamilton is one of the slow tracks in the Kiwi soil and we expect the slower bowlers to make a big mark in this match. Batsmen might find it hard to time the ball and we expect the average scores to be around 130-140 runs in this match.
Teams are comfortable chasing the target in the recent T20 matches and the last 5 matches have been won by the team’s batting second including the last game at this venue.
Northern Knights are the strong team in terms of experience and star power on paper with the likes of Boult, Southee, Kuggleijn, Seifert, De GrandHomme, and Devcich in the team. But, Canterbury ash been on a roll this season and have a very balanced batting and bowling units with all-rounder`s providing depth in both departments. Canterbury has momentum on their side and their young team will take confidence from their previous victories and will look to defeat their senior national pros in this game. We expect Canterbury to continue their winning streak.
Canterbury will win the match