2018-19 Super Smash – Canterbury Kings vs Northern Knights Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When? Wednesday 16th January, 07:00 (UK)

Where? Seddon Park

Weather? 20-22c with sunshine and cloud but no rain expected.

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: Cole McConchie

  • Canterbury are firmly rooted to the bottom of the Super Smash ladder having lost their last three matches and only winning one of their five so far, as they are desperate to snap this poor run of form albeit against the leaders.
  • They are boosted here by the return of New Zealand international Henry Nicholls which will strengthen their batting line-up significantly, and he along with Tom Latham and skipper Cole McConchie will have to be at their best.
  • Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson will be hoping to make an impact after some impressive performances in the Super Smash so far while Todd Astle and Matt Henry will also need to be at their best against the impressive Knights team.

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

Coach: James Pamment

Captain: Dean Brownlie

  • Northern Knights are riding a four-match winning run as they sit top of the Super Smash ladder and their latest victory against Wellington came despite them missing a whole host of international players.
  • Captain Dean Brownlie, Scott Kuggeleijn, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert and Ish Sodhi all missed that game at the weekend but return to the squad here so they will understandably strengthen the leaders even further which is ominous.
  • Kyle Abbott makes his home debut here after taking an impressive 2/19 at the weekend, and along with Corey Anderson and Neil Wagner who did not make the Blackcaps ODI squad, this is an incredibly strong looking Knights team.

THE PREDICTION

Bottom-club Canterbury Kings welcome the leaders Northern Knights, and both teams can welcome back some key players. Unfortunately for the hosts, the Knights have far more depth and quality as they can boast virtually an entire team full of internationals. Barring any kind of complacency, it is difficult to see anything other than a win for the Knights who have far too much quality with bat and ball.