Super Smash T20 Prediction: Canterbury Kings vs Central Stags
January 7, 2020
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
The 24th match of Super Smash 2019-20 will see Canterbury Kings take on Central Stags on Tuesday.
Central Stags are at a very critical stage with just two remaining matches and any further slip up may see them being eliminated from the tournament. They are coming on the back of a 4-wicket loss against Auckland Aces.
Meanwhile, Canterbury have 4 matches to play and they still have their opportunities at their hands. They registered a comfortable 7-wicket win over Northern Knights in their last outing, a game that saw six sixes being hit in an over.
Canterbury Kings secured a 30-run win over Central Stags when these two sides faced each other earlier in Super Smash 2019-20.
Canterbury Kings performance in Super Smash T20:
Canterbury chased down a record total of 220 runs against Northern Knights in the last match. Leo Carter was the star of the night with his 29-ball 70 runs. He shared an unbeaten 118-run partnership with Skipper Cole McConchie (49 runs) to finish the chase. All eyes will be on him once again.
Chad Bowes also scored a half-century in the last game.
McConchie had a great all-round game, adding 2 wickets to his tally of 49 runs and will be the key once again.
Central Stags performance in Super Smash T20:
Central Stags have just a single win in the last 6 matches and are struggling to gain momentum. Christian Leopard was the leading run-scorer with just 27 runs the last match as they strolled to total of 138 runs in their last game.
Kieron Noema, Tom Bruce, George Worker have made good contributions but need to bat more consistently across matches.
Kieron Noema-Barnett failed to kick on in the last match, scoring at a strike rate of less than a hundred and would be keen to hit form.
Ajaz Patel and Ryan Watson have been brilliant with the ball so far and took 2 wickets each in the last game, in addition to keeping the run rate under control.
Canterbury Kings vs Central Stags Predicted XI:
Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie, Cam Fletcher (wk), Leo Carter, Andrew Ellis, Henry Shipley, Will Williams, Blake Coburn, Ed Nuttall
George Worker, Dane Cleaver (wk), Christian Leopard, Tom Bruce, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Josh Clarkson, Willem Ludick, Ben Wheeler, Ryan Watson, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner
It will be the 4th of total 5 games 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. While in the 3rd, Canterbury Kings chased down a target of 220 with 7 balls remaining.
4 of the 5 games 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: Prediction
- Martin Guptill has scored 248 runs in 6 innings at an average of almost 50 and is currently 5th in the tournament’s leading run-scorers list.
- Azaz Patel is leading the bowing chart in Super Smash 2019-20 so far. He has picked 14 wickets in 7 innings. Kieron Noema-Barnett is 3rd with 10 wickets in as many innings.
- Kieron Noema-Barnett has hit 14 sixes in the tournament so far and is currently at the top of most maximums hit by a player.
- Both teams have 5 games each in their head to head clashes in Super Smash so far.
- 298 runs were scored when these two sides faced each other earlier this season and 32 boundaries were hit in that game.