2018-19 Super Smash – Canterbury Kings vs Otago Volts Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 2nd February, 03:00 (UK)

Where? Hagley Oval

Weather? 1-3c with sunshine and clear skies expected throughout

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 six matches in a row after they suffered a nine-wicket defeat at the hands of Auckland Aces. The Kings’ 122 wasn’t a big enough total to really cause problems for the Aces who comfortably chased their total down.
  • The defeat against the Aces means Canterbury Kings are still stuck on just a solitary win in this campaign and remain rooted to the foot of the ladder.
  • The Kings are set to be without Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham once again after both were in the New Zealand team that demolished India in the fourth ODI and they will be reliant on top run scorer Cole McConchie who has posted 222 runs so far in the Super Smash.

OTAGO VOLTS

Coach: Rob Walter

Captain: Hamish Rutherford

  • Otago Volts have now failed to win any of their last six games thanks to disruption with a couple of games as well as defeats. Their most recent loss came against Wellington Firebirds as they fell short in their run chase by 11 runs.
  • The Volts put in a valiant effort as they looked to finally get another win on the board but didn’t build on the 117 put on by the opening pair and lost regular wickets after that as they ended up on 210/8.
  • Michael Rippon is back in the squad for the Volts, replacing Ben Raine in the only change while Neil Broom will be the key man for the Volts as he looks to build on the eight sixes he has hit so far in the tournament.

THE PREDICTION

These two teams have both endured miserable campaigns so far and will be looking to pick up a valuable win here to at least attempt to salvage some pride. With just three wins between them from 16 games, it doesn’t make for pretty reading but both should be motivated to turn their fortunes around here. Otago have been the better side without getting the results of late and they can finally do enough to get that elusive victory in this one.