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25 Jan 2019 by Rob Esteva

2018-2019 Super Smash League – Canterbury Kings vs Auckland Aces Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 26th January, 03:00 (UK)

Where? Hagley Oval

Weather? 7-10c and cloudy with a chance of rain

What channel is it on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream the match? This match cannot be streamed in the UK

Are tickets still available? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=NZCSMASH19

THE TEAM NEWS

CANTERBURY KINGS

Coach: Gary Stead

Captain: Andrew Ellis

  • Canterbury Kings have now lost five matches in a row in the Super Smash and remain bottom of the table, after an 18-run defeat to the Central Stags last time out so they are desperate to salvage some pride.
  • Latham’s century against the Stags was a huge positive, and almost enough to drag the King’s over the line, but they will be without him and other New Zealand internationals Henry Nicholls and Matt Henry for this one.
  • Coach Gary Stead will therefore be hoping captain Cole McConchie can provide a big performance with the bat, and that fast bowler Kyle Jamieson can recreate the incredible form he showed against Auckland in the reverse fixture, where he took 6 for 7 in a rare victory.

AUCKLAND ACES

Coach: Mark O'Donnell

Captain: Craig Cachopa

  • Auckland Aces picked up their third win in a row against Otago, as captain Craig Cachopa’s excellent 73 off 38 balls helped the Aces to a 4-run victory and consolidate their 3rd place position in the ladder.
  • Like Canterbury Kings, Auckland Aces will be without their key international players for this one, as Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are all on international duty with New Zealand.
  • Ferguson, Guptill and Munro were all unavailable for the victory against Otago too, so coach Mark O’Donnell will hope the rest of his side can continue the form they showed without them, especially the impressive bowling unit of Somerville, Quinn and McClenaghan.

THE PREDICTION

Canterbury Kings are in dire form after losing their last five matches and sit bottom of the Super Smash ladder. Coach Gary Stead will take comfort from some of their recent performances though, with narrow defeats to the Central Stags and leaders Northern Knights, and also from the fact that their most recent victory came against the Auckland Aces on January 1st, when Kyle Jamieson took an incredible six for seven. However, this is the only victory for the Kings in the last five matches against Auckland, and with both teams missing many key players for this one, the third-placed Aces must be seen as favourites due to their superior recent form.

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