2019-20 Super Smash – Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds taking place? Wednesday 1st January, 2020 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds taking place? Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

What is the expected weather for Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds? 23c in clear skies

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

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

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

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

  • Northern Knights suffered late heartache as their bid for a second consecutive victory in the Super Smash was scuppered by Otago Volts sealing a dramatic victory with the final ball of the match.
  • Opener Tim Seifert scored his second half-century in succession as he helped his side to 179/8 and they looked on course for victory until Daryl Mitchell’s huge error in the final over opened the door for the Volts to edge it.
  • Needing 14 to win from the remaining six balls, Mitchell conceded just six runs from the first four deliveries but he bowed a no ball with his fifth ball of the over which also went for four runs and he was then hit for six on the final delivery to hand the Volts a six-wicket win.

WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS

  • Wellington Firebirds made it three wins in a row as their charge towards a potential spot in the final continued with a relatively comfortable victory over Auckland Aces in their last match in the Super Smash.
  • The bowling unit did a superb job as they shared nine wickets to restrict the Aces to a total of 133 and despite losing opener Michael Pollard for a duck in their reply, the result was never really in doubt thanks to Devon Conway.
  • The South African continued his impressive form by notching a third consecutive half-century and did so with an unbeaten 78 from just 54 balls to guide his team superbly to their required total with nine deliveries to spare for a seven-wicket win.

THE PREDICTION

Northern Knights will have to pick themselves up after they succumbed to defeat in disappointing circumstances last time out. Daryl Mitchell failed to hold his nerve and his reaction will be interesting in this game as he looks to bounce back from a poor end to the final over of the game that ultimately cost his side the win. They face a tough test against the in-form Wellington Firebirds and look likely to come out second best with the Firebirds possessing too much quality with both bat and ball.

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