Super Smash T20 Prediction: Canterbury Kings vs Northern Knights
January 5, 2020
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
The 21st game of the Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between bottom placed Canterbury Kings and 2nd last Northern Knights.
Canterbury is currently in the last position in the points table with just 6 points but to their advantage, they have played 2 fewer matches than the other teams.
While Northern Knights are in penultimate position after losing their previous encounter against Wellington by 52 runs. A win in this match will take Canterbury to the third position in the points table and Canterbury can move up with 4 crucial points in this encounter.
Canterbury Kings performance in Super Smash T20:
Canterbury lost their last game despite putting up a massive score of 194 runs on board. Chad Bowes was sublime with the bat scoring 90 runs off 42 runs while Jack Boyle scored a valiant 69 runs and carried his bat through the innings.
Bowes smashed 9 boundaries and 6 sixes.
The rest of the batting unit has come up with the 20s and 30s but is yet to make a big score so far. Skipper Cole McConchie was the only effective bowler last night with figures of 4-0-23-1.
All the other bowlers gave runs at over 10 RPO and were not able to control the run flow. Blake Coburn, Ed Nuttall, and Henry Shipley must contribute consistently with the ball in hand.
Cole McConchie has bowling figures of 1/23, 2/32, 0/24, & 3/18 in the four matches he bowled so far. He has been very consistent with the ball in hand and will look to continue his good form.
Northern Knights performance in Super Smash T20:
Northern Knights are in a precarious position and any further slip up will see them bowing out of the tournament earlier. Tim Seifert, Bret Hampton, and Daryl Mitchell are the top run scorers for the team and need to play a big role in their batting order. Presence of all-rounders Anton Devcich and Scott Kuggleijn give depth to their batting and bowling units.
Tim Seifert has 218 runs at a strike rate of 138 with 2 half-centuries so far. He has scores of 35, 30, 54, & 75 in the last 4 matches and is going through a purple patch with the bat in hand.
Daryl Mitchell is having a good season with 151 runs at a strike rate of 150 and 8 wickets with the ball. His only issue will be his economy rate of 10 RPO so far. He will look to put up some more good performances this season.
Brett Randell is their leading wicket taker with 9 wickets this season. Ish Sodhi, Anurag Verma, Nad Daryl Mitchell are amongst the wickets column consistently but they need to control the run flow to strangle the opposition batsmen.
Canterbury Kings vs Northern Knights Predicted XI:
Andrew Ellis, Chad Bowes, Cam Fletcher (wk), Ed Nuttall, Leo Carter, Cole McConchie, Stephen Murdoch, Will Williams, Henry Shipley, Jack Boyle, Blake Coburn
Anton Devcich, Tim Seifert (wk), Dean Brownlie, Joe Carter, Brett Hampton, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Flynn, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Anurag Verma, Brett Randell
It will be the third game to be played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch in Super Smash 2019-20 season.
The first one was won by Wellington Firebirds by 6 wickets, while chasing a total of 130. The 2nd game was abandoned due to heavy rainfall.
4 games of the 5 played at the venue in the 2018-19 Super Smash season were won by the chasing team.
Only 1 game was high scoring – 390 runs were put on the scoreboard by both teams – while the other 4 were relatively low scoring games as per the T20 standards now a days – just 1 team scored more than 150.
Super Smash T20: Canterbury Kings vs Northern Knights Predictions
- Tim Seifert has scored 218 runs in 5 innings at an average of 43.60 and is 6 highest run-scorer so far this season.
- Brett Randell has picked 9 wickets in 7 games and is 4th in the Super Smash 2019-20 season’s bowling chart.
- Northern Knights have been dominating the head to head clash between the two teams in Super Smash. They have won 6 to Canterbury Kings’ 3 in the 9 completed game.
- Anton Devcich need just 5 more runs to become Northern Knights 1st ever batsman to score 2000 runs.
- Tim Seifert need 11 more runs to complete his personal 1000-run milestone for the Northern Knights.
- Scott Kuggeleijn (63) is 2 wickets behinds Northern Knights’ all-time leading wicket-taker Anton Devcich (65).