2018-2019 Super Smash League – Northern Knights vs Otago Volts Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 9th February, 06:10 (UK)

Where? Bay Oval

Weather? 22c with cloud cover all day 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

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

Coach: James Pamment

Captain: Dean Brownlie

  • Northern Knights lost for the first time in seven matches with a six-wicket loss to Auckland Aces and that result could end up having big consequences if they fail to beat the Volts in this game.
  • The Knights could have secured top spot on the ladder but have now left the door ajar for the Aces to overhaul them if the Knights lose this game and the Aces beat the Stags with the net run rate potentially being the deciding factor in splitting the teams.
  • Key pair Scott Kuggeleijn and Daryl Mitchell are on international duty and will be big losses for the Knights with the big hitting of Mitchell, who has hit the most sixes in the competition so far with 19, very difficult to replace.

OTAGO VOLTS

Coach: Rob Walter

Captain: Hamish Rutherford

  • Otgao Volts have nothing but pride to play for in this game after a poor campaign comes to an end in which they have only won two matches.
  • Their last game ended in disappointment as they fell to a 30-run defeat against Canterbury Kings having been bowled out for 140 with that loss mainly down to their top order failing to perform as the first four batsmen to the crease combined for just 18 runs.
  • With nothing on the line for the Volts, they may look to mix their squad up and give some playing time to some of the younger members of the team in order to blood them ahead of next year’s competition.

THE PREDICTION

This should be one-way traffic with the Knights surely having too much for the Volts despite being without their international stars. Daryl Mitchell is a huge loss in particular after his superb form in this competition and whilst facing a team with nothing to play for has its down side, there is enough on the line that should mean they avoid complacency. A win here secures the Knights a place in the final and they can do that with ease.