Super Smash 2019-20 Match Prediction: Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds
December 15, 2019
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
The inaugural Super Smash champion Canterbury Kings will welcome 2-time champion Wellington Firebirds on Sunday. Both teams are coming on the back of a failed season. They failed to secure a Preliminary final spot in Super Smash 2018-19 and will be keen to turn the wind in their favour this season.
Canterbury Kings’s performance in Super Smash T20:
Canterbury Kings are the only team to have won the tournament just once. They won the inaugural edition of the Super Smash, in 2005-06 under the name Canterbury Wizards.
Canterbury Kinds had a dismal Super Smash 2018-19 and would be eager to forget it. They had finished at the bottom of the league standings with three wins and seven defeats from their ten matches.
Cole Mcconchie, Cam Fletcher and Chad Bowes will be the key batsmen in the absence of NZ stars Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls for Canterbury Kings in Super Smash League (2019). There will be plenty of expectations on Chad Bowes and Cole Mcconchie, who were the team’s most impressive batsmen last time. Will Williams and Andrew Ellis will lead the bowling assault as Matt Henry and Todd Astle are on NZ’s tour of Australia. Ellis took eight wickets in Super Smash 2018-19.
Wellington Firebirds’s performance in Super Smash T20:
Wellington Firebirds have won the tournament on 2 occasions – in 2014-15 and 2016-17. However, they failed to go past the league stage in Super Smash 2018-19, finishing fifth in the standings with three wins and six losses. They had a very poor ending to their campaign as they suffered four defeats in their last five fixtures.
Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Andrew Fletcher and Michael Bracewell will be the big guns for Wellington Firebirds with the bat. Conway topped the runs charts last season with 363 runs at an average of 45.37. Blundell and Fletcher are known for their brute strength while Bracewell too did a good job with the bat last time.
James Neesham, who can make a big impact with both bat and ball, is another key man in this squad. Jeetan Patel, Hamish Bennett, Ollie Newton and Ben Sears will be the bowlers to watch out for. Patel and Newton both took 11 wickets in the previous edition.
Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds Predicted line up:
Cole Mcconchie, Cam Fletcher (wk), Steven Murdoch, Leo Carter, Jack Boyle, Chad Bowes, Will Williams, Andrew Ellis, Theo van Woerkom, Andrew Hazeldine, Edward Nuttall.
Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Andrew Fletcher, Michael Bracewell, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Jeetan Patel, Hamish Bennett, Ollie Newton, Ben Sears, Logan van Beek.
Pitch Report for today's Super Smash T20
4 out of 5 games played at the venue in Super Smash 2018-19 were won by the chasing team. Only 1 game was high scoring – with 390 runs being scored in the game – while the other 4 were relatively low scoring games as per the T20 standards now a days – just 1 team scored more than 150.
Today's T20 Match: Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds Prediction
- Devon Conway was the highest run scorer in Super Smash 2018-19. He scored 363 runs, including a century, in 9 games at a strike rate of 144.04.
- Michael Bracewell was one of the most destructive batsmen in 2018-19. He scored 266 runs in 9 games at a strike rate of 178.52, hitting 18 sixes and 26 fours in the process.
- Michael Bracewell scored three 50 plus innings last season, only Central Districts’ Dean Foxcroft scored more than him – 4.
- Tom Blundell and Devon Conway had a 142-run partnership – 2nd highest during 2018-19 Super Smash season- when they last faced Canterbury Kings.
- Steven Murdoch and Chad Bowes had a 67 runs partnership in the reverse fixture during the 2018-19 Super Smash season.
- Kings had lost 7 of their first 8 matches last season but went on to win the next 2 to finish on a high.
- Wellington Firebirds have lost 4 of their last 5 games.