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A win for Northern Knights over Canterbury Kings has rendered the Super Smash wide open once again. While the Kings are still ahead, the Knights are now within touching distance. At the bottom of the points table, however, Auckland Aces are no longer in the race and will be playing their remaining matches only for pride. Aces can still play spoil-sport for other teams and that is what they'll be looking to do when they take on Central Stags in the upcoming match, which is to be played on 23 January 2021 at Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland.
It has been pretty surprising to see Auckland Aces perform the way they have in the tournament so far considering that they have been one of the most successful teams in the history of Super Smash. Up until now, the Aces have won zero matches and are languishing at the bottom of the points table with zero points. They have a poor net run-rate of -1.517, which demonstrates how bad they have been.
The fans would have hoped that the availability of Kiwi internationals will buff up the Aces' strength, but that didn't happen to be the case. Even with the likes of Martin Guptill, the Aces failed to do the job they were looking to do with the bat. Guptill started well but was dismissed after a brief stay that lasted for just six balls. Barring Glenn Phillips, none of their batsmen could deliver as the Aces were restricted to a total of 109. Phillips top-scored for them with 33-ball 68.
Defending 107 off 10 overs was never going to be easy against a potent batting lineup of Northern Knights, but the Aces' bowlers did pretty well do stay in the match. Kyle Jamieson and Ross ter Braak bowled well to stumble Knights early in the innings. Will Sommerville bowled incredibly to keep Knights at bay for the most part of the middle-overs, but an excellent innings from Mitchell Santner kept Aces away from the win.
All in all, the Aces have a decent team with their Kiwi stars back but do not have the momentum. With a playoff spot out of question, the motivation to do well might no longer be there. Having said that, they have nothing to lose and everything to gain now and can be a dangerous team to deal with going forward.
Sean Solia, Martin Guptill, GD Phillips, Mark Chapman, Robert O'Donnell, Ben Horne, Kyle Jamieson, Ross Ter Braak, William Somerville, Louis Delport, Benjamin Lister.
Before the tournament began, not many gave the Stags a chance to be among the top-two teams towards the end of the league stage. They have defied the odds by playing some fantastic cricket and their position on the points table reflects that. Currently, the Stags are placed at the second spot with 20 points written against their name. Apart from that, they have a terrific net run-rate of 1.03, which can help them should things get tight towards the end of the league stage.
Central Districts have lost just two matches in the tournament thus far with one of those coming against the Knights and the other one coming against the Firebirds. They are coming off a win over Otago Volts in a rain-inflicted contest. Chasing a total of 153 in a match shortened to 17-overs a side, Central Stags adopted a ruthless approach and it paid off pretty well at the end. All of their top-four batsmen got starts and with a nifty little cameo from Josh Clarkson, the Stags won the match with eight balls to spare and five wickets in hand.
Earlier with the ball, the likes of Blair Tickner, Ajaz Patel, and Josh Clarkson did pretty well to keep Otago Volts to a total of 152. Tickner emerged as the best bowler for them, picking up 3 for 23 in his four overs.
All in all, the Stags have an excellent lineup that has been consistent in the tournament so far. In addition to that, they now have Ross Taylor in the middle-order and his presence at the crease is enough to intimidate any bowling attack. They have the momentum as well a terrific team on paper and getting past them would be a huge challenge for out-of-form Auckland Aces.
George Worker, Dane Cleaver, Will Young, Ross Taylor, Tom Bruce, Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, KN Barnett, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner.
Both sides will be desperate to register a win here, albeit for different reasons. While a win for Stags will ensure their playoff spot, the Aces will want to win this match to make their presence felt. The Aces have not won any match in the tournament and might be low on morale. The Stags, on the other hand, have been terrific and now with Ross Taylor available, their batting unit looks even better. We are backing Central Stags to emerge on top in this Super Smash encounter.
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