2018-19 Super Smash – Wellington Firebirds vs Northern Knights Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 12th January, 03:10 (UK)

Where? Basin Reserve

Weather? 18-19c with showers forecast but later in the day and should not affect play.

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

WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS

Coach: Bruce Edgar

Captain: Hamish Bennett

  • Wellington Firebirds endured a slow start to their Super Smash campaign as they lost two matches and had another rained off, but they have responded well with two consecutive victories against Central Stags and Canterbury Kings.
  • Those victories and improvement in form have come largely due to a vastly improved performance from the batting order with Michael Bracewell in stunning form having hit 60, 74 and 69 in his last three innings.
  • 21-year-old batsman Troy Johnson has been added to the squad for this match along with Iain McPeake while Malcolm Nofal drops out but they are unlikely to make any changes to their in-form team.

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

Coach: James Pamment

Captain: Daniel Flynn

  • The Knights have been the standout team in the Super Smash so far having won their last three matches and they sit top of the ladder, but this will be a tough test against a Firebirds team that has won their last two.
  • They are forced into changes as Chris Jordan and Anton Devcich have left to join Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash while Scott Kuggeleijn and Mitchell Santner are both with the New Zealand team that played Sri Lanka on Friday.
  • With Seifert also with the Blackcaps, that means only Corey Anderson is available of all of their big names, and that means their bowling attack especially is massively impacted without their core attack, as well as several all-rounders that can bat too.

THE PREDICTION

Northern Knights have been the standout team so far in the Super Smash having won four of their five matches but this will be a tough test. They have lost so many of their key players like Sodhi, Santner, Devcich, Kuggeleijn and Jordan and they will find it hard to replace them. Wellington are in fine form themselves and have a settled line-up so they will strongly fancy their chances of beating the leaders here.