Super Smash 2019-20 Match Prediction: Northern Knights vs Central Districts
Seddon Park, Hamilton
Central Districts Stags will face Northern Knights in the reverse fixture of Super Smash 2019-20 opener in the 8th game of the season on Friday. The Stags had thrashed the Knights by 120 runs in the first game.
They added another win in their kitty after beating Wellington on Wednesday to go on top of the Super Smash 2019-20 standings.
Northern Knights, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the table after 2 losses in 2 games and are still searching for their 1st win of Super Smash 2019-20.
Central Districts performance in Super Smash T20:
Central Districts will be hoping George Worker, wicket-keeper Dane Cleaver and Christian Leopard to provide them a quick start once again.
Skipper Tom Bruce scored 56 runs off 34 balls against Wellington, a devastating knock that included 5 fours and 3 maximums.
Ajaz Patel has been impressive season this season and has already picked 6 wickets in 2 games – 3 in each. Blair Tickner and Ben Wheeler were also impressive with their bowling spell and each picked 2 wickets in their respective 4 overs.
Seeing the impressive form the Stags are in, there is every chance they will name an unchanged starting XI.
Northern Knights performance in Super Smash T20:
Wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert missed the season opener but looked set for a big total in the 2nd game against Otago Volts. However, he couldn’t convert his 24 runs innings.
He and all rounder Anton Devcich will be responsible to provide a quick start.
Meanwhile, skipper Dean Brownlie will be keen to find his form back while Brett Hampton and Joe Carter will be hoping to continue on their impressive innings from their defeat to Otago Volts. Both scored a half century.
All rounder Daryl Mitchell was injured in last game but is likely to be in the starting XI after 4 days rest. He picked 4 wickets against the Volts.
Anurag Verma picked 3 wickets in the last game and he will hope to continue his magic. Scott Kuggeleijn and Matthew Fisher both were expensive – gave away 62 runs in combined 4 overs. But will hope to turn the wind in their favour.
Northern Knights vs Central Districts: Predicted XI
Central Districts: George Worker, Dane Cleaver (wk), Christian Leopard, Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Willem Ludick, Ben Wheeler, Blair Tickner, Ajaz Patel, Seth Rance.
Northern Knights: Tim Seifert (wk), Anton Devcich, Dean Brownlie (c), Brett Hampton, Joe Carter, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Flynn, Anurag Verma, Matthew Fisher, Ish Sodhi
Pitch Report for today's Super Smash T20:
11 T20I has been played at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 6 of them have been won by the team batting first while 5 by the team chasing the total.
172 is the average score of the team batting first and 160 is off the team batting 2nd.
212/4 is the highest total recorded at the venue while 78/10 is the lowest.
Today's T20 Match: Northern Knights vs Central Districts Prediction
- Daryl Mitchell picked four wickets and gave 32 runs in his 4 overs.
- Joe Carter scored 55 runs of 32 balls at a strike rate of 171.88. His inning included 2 fours and 4 maximums.
- Brett Hampton scored 52 runs in a losing cause for the Knights.
- Dane Cleaver missed his half century by 2 runs after getting run out. He scored 48 runs at strike rate of 84.
- Ajaz Patel has picked six wickets in just two games and was very economical againt the Knights in the season opener. He gave just 21 runs in 3.5 overs.
- The last game between Central Districts Stags and Northern Knights saw 15 wickets tumble. While the Stags scored 221, the Knights could only manage 101 runs.