2019-20 Super Smash – Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds Preview & Prediction
When is Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds taking place? Thursday 9th January, 2020 – 03:10 (UK)
Where is Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds taking place? Basin Reserve, Wellington
What is the expected weather for Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds? 19c in partly cloudy skies
What channel is Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds on? This match will not be televised live in the UK
Where can I stream Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK
Where can I get tickets for Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=CRICKET20
THE TEAM NEWS
- Canterbury Kings failed to build on their win over Northern Knights as they fell to defeat against Central Stags and now face a mammoth task to make the finals with the Kings needing to win all three of their remaining matches and hoping other results go their way.
- The Kings got off to a great start as they reduced the Stags to 19/2 but could not build on that and allowed some useful partnerships to build which saw their opponents reach 181/8 from their 20 overs.
- Jack Boyle fell for a duck inside the first over of the reply and despite some solid rebuilding further down the order from Cam Fletcher, who ended unbeaten on 65 from just 37 balls, the Kings fell 17 runs short of their target.
- Wellington Firebirds produced a stunning display as they got the better of Otago Volts in their top of the table clash and with that win, the Firebirds have put themselves into a great position to finish top of the standings.
- The Firebirds started their stint with the ball in superb fashion after they were put into the field by the Volts and they managed to reduce their opponents to 8/2 and 26/3 before the Volts eventually rallied to finish on 168/5.
- Devon Conway wasted little time in attempting to chase that total down and he ended the match on 101* as he smashed that total from just 49 deliveries and was duly complemented by fellow opener Michael Pollard as the pair shared an unbeaten stand of 169.
Wellington Firebirds look set to head to the Super Smash final after a fantastic 10-wicket victory over Otago Volts. That type of form will make them difficult to beat in their final two matches with them needing just one win to seal their spot at the top of the standings. They face Canterbury Kings in this encounter, who will have all the pressure on them knowing they need to win to keep their own hopes of making the finals alive, but there is a big gulf in class between these two and the Firebirds should be able to show it in this contest.