2019-20 Super Smash – Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights taking place? Friday 10th January, 2020 – 03:10 (UK)

Where is Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights taking place? Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland

What is the expected weather for Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights? 20c in mostly sunny skies but no rain is forecast

What channel is Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=CRICKET20

THE TEAM NEWS

AUCKLAND ACES

  • Auckland Aces have come into form at just the right time as they secured back-to-back victories by overcoming Central Stags and that win means that their play-off hopes are very much alive.
  • The Aces restricted the Stags to 138/8 with four bowlers each taking two wickets apiece but Mark Chapman produced the most impressive figures with 2-17 from his four overs and he also stopped Christian Leopard in his tracks who was the top-scorer for the Stags.
  • After a slow start to the chase, the Aces picked up the pace in the second half of their innings and knocked off the runs they required despite losing six wickets to put themselves in a great position to advance to the finals - if they can overcome Northern Knights.

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

  • Northern Knights failed to defend a good total against Canterbury Kings and that defeat confirmed their elimination from the competition having won just two of their eight matches to date.
  • The Knights' hopes of making the finals would still have been alive if they had secured a third win of the tournament having scored 219/7, which was largely thanks to a 119-run second-wicket partnership from Dean Brownlie and Tim Seifert in which both players notched half-centuries.
  • The Knights could not slow the scoring rate of the Kings early on but responded well to leave them needing more than two runs a ball before Leo Carter came to the crease and smashed Anton Devcich for six sixes in an over. His knock of 70* off just 29 balls finally condemning the Knights to defeat.

THE PREDICTION

This could have been an extremely important match for both teams but Northern Knights were eliminated after they failed to defend a promising position against Canterbury Kings. They will face Auckland Aces, who have won three of their last four and have put themselves in the mix for a spot in the finals. The Aces have been playing well of late and although they have more to work on if they are to make the finals, they should move a step closer with a win here.

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