Super Smash T20 Prediction: Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds
January 9, 2020
Basin Reserve, Wellington
The 25th match of the Super Smash 2019-20 will see Canterbury Kings take on hosts Wellington Firebirds on Thursday.
Wellington will be looking to maintain their dominance in the competition. Michael Bracewell-led unit has managed to win six matches out of eight played so far. The franchise might give opportunities to fringe players as they have already sealed their place in the playoffs of the competition.
Canterbury Kings suffered a narrow defeat against Central Stags and is already out of the playoff race. Captain Cole McConchie will be hoping that the side can deliver an improved batting performance against table-toppers Wellington.
Wellington Firebirds secured a comfortable 6-wicket win over Canterbury Kings when they meet earlier this season.
Wellington Firebirds performance in Super Smash T20:
Two-time Super Smash champions continued their winning ways after registering a comprehensive 10-wicket win over Otago, courtesy 49-ball century from Devon Conway.
The biggest positive for Wellington in this year’s competition has been the scintillating form shown by wicket-keeper batsman Devon Conway, who is currently leading the batting charts. In 8 matches, Conway accumulated 374 runs at an average of 74.80, which includes one century and three half-centuries.
Besides Conway, Michael Pollard and James Neesham have been bankable performers for Wellington in this year’s competition.
The bowlers produced an excellent effort to restrict Otago to 168 for 5 in their allotted 20 overs in the last game.
New-ball pair of Ollie Newton and Hamish Bennett have delivered excellent performances so far this season. The pace duo has collectively picked up 25 wickets between them.
In the previous fixture, Captain Michael Bracewell bowled well and finished with figures of 2 for 32 in his four overs
Canterbury Kings performance in Super Smash T20:
For Canterbury Kings, batting has proven to be their Achilles Heel so far in this year’s competition. Against Central Stags, Canterbury got off to a poor start and was reduced to 86 for 6 in 13.4 overs.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle and wicket-keeper Cam Fletcher to do the bulk of the scoring.
Chad Bowes and Jack Boyle perished for low scores in the game against Central Districts. The opening pair will be determined to produce decent scores against Wellington.
Stephen Murdoch played well and scored 32 off 27 balls with the help of three fours and one six, whereas Henry Shipley chipped in with 27 runs off 15 balls with the help of three fours and one six.
The only positive to come out from the previous game was Cam Fletcher, who played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 65 runs off 37 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.
Left-arm medium-pacer Ed Nuttall bowled well against Central Districts and finished with figures of 2 for 27 in his three overs. Captain Cole McConchie and Andrew Ellis also picked up crucial wickets for the side.
Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds Predicted XI:
Devon Conway (wk), Michael Pollard, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Bracewell, James Neesham, Fraser Colson, Jamie Gibson, Peter Younghusband, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett
Jack Boyle, Chad Bowes, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie, Leo Carter, Cam Fletcher (wk), Andrew Ellis, Henry Shipley, Sean Davey, Will Williams, Ed Nuttall
It will be the 4th of the four 2019-20 Super Smash’s games to be played at the Basin Reserve, Wellington.
In the 1st game of the season at the venue, Wellington Firebirds were short off 24 runs while Central Districts post 183 runs on the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, in the 2nd game Wellington Firebirds secured a marginal 1-run win over Otago Volts, defending a total of 182.
In the 3rd game, Wellington Firebirds registered a thumping 52-run win over Northern Knights after putting 188 runs on scoreboard.
4 of the 5 games of the 2018-19 Super Smash season played at the venue were won by the team batting first.
161 was the 1st inning average score during the 2018-19 Super Smash season while 144 was the 2nd inning’s average score.
Super Smash T20: Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds Prediction
- Ollie Newton and Hamish Bennett have delivered excellent performances so far this season. The pace duo has collectively picked up 25 wickets between them.
- Devon Conway is currently leading the batting charts this season. In 8 matches, Conway accumulated 374 runs at an average of 74.80, which includes one century and three half-centuries.
- Ollie Newton is the leading wicket taker of the season so far. He has picket 15 wickets in 8 innings.
- Both teams have won 6 games each out of their 12 head to head clashes.
- 259 runs were scored when these two teams faced each other earlier this season and just 24 boundaries were scored in that game.