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As we are moving towards the halfway mark, the Super Smash is slowly but steadily gathering pace. There is a clear line of separation emerging between the teams and only time will tell how things pan out in the coming matches. In the last match, Canterbury Kings lost their first match in the tournament, allowing Stags to march ahead.
With time running out, Auckland Aces are already in a position from where they'd need to win most, if not all, of their matches. Up next, they are set to take on Canterbury Kings, who are in a fairly comfortable position as of now. The match between the two sides is to be played on 11th January at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
Canterbury Kings are the team that has played the least number of matches in the tournament. Despite the number of matches played, they are placed at the third spot on the points table. With a loss against the Stags, their net run-rate has taken a dent, but that is still pretty good. The Kings have eight points written against their name with a net run-rate of 1.124.
While the Kings were favorites going into their last match, against the Stags, they certainly didn't play like that. They did fight hard to achieve the target but fell short by 18 runs. Having said that, they still won't be worried. Despite both their openers getting out for zero each, Canterbury Kings did well to score 168 and that speaks volumes about the depth in their batting. Up until the last match, their openers were in terrific form and we expect them to begin in a similar fashion in the upcoming match as well.
Canterbury Kings looked a little light in the bowling department when Adam Milne was unavailable, but with the speedster now back, their bowling looks as strong as ever. In addition to that, they are strengthened by the availability of Daryl Mitchell, who adds to their strength in both departments of the game.
All in all, the Kings have a team that has done well in the tournament and looks pretty strong on paper. The return of Daryl Mitchell and Adam Milne strengthens their team even further. Getting past them is certainly going to be a colossal challenge for out of form Auckland Aces.
Chad Bowes, Ken McClure, Jack Boyle, Daryl Mitchell, Cole McConchie, Leo Carter, Cameron Fletcher, Matt Henry, TD Astle, Will Williams, Ed Nuttall.
Auckland Aces have undoubtedly been the worst-performing team of the competition and they have no one but themselves to blame for that. Yes, they have been without their stalwarts, but so have some other teams been as well. As it currently stands, they are placed at the bottom of the points table with zero wins in four matches and a poor net run-rate of -2.065.
Coincidentally, the Aces' last match was also against the Kings and they failed to do anything of substance in that. Batting first in a shortened match, Aces managed to put just 52 runs in five overs and that was chased quite easily by the Kings. As was the case in that match, the Aces' batting has struggled big time in the absence of their stalwarts. Even though they have the likes of Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman available at their disposal, the top run-getter for the Aces has been Sean Solia, who generally bats at number five.
While their bowlers have done better than their batsmen, we are yet to see them put up a match-winning performance. Barring Will Somerville, they do not have anyone experienced, who can contain runs or pick wickets. Benjamin Lister did bowl a brilliant over against the Kings, but the rest of the Aces' bowlers were so erratic that they conceded 53 runs in their four combined.
Overall, Auckland Aces have a decent team on paper - largely their batting unit, but lack of contributions from their mainstays has been the cause of their poor run thus far. They'd need their seniors to step-up in both departments of the game and if that happens, Auckland Aces will do well not just in the upcoming match, but also in the matches to follow.
GD Phillips, Martin Guptill, Robert O'Donnell, Ben Horne, William O'Donnell, William Somerville, Louis Delport, Benjamin Lister, Danru Ferns, Ross Ter Braak, Sean Solia.
The two teams have had contrasting fates in the tournament up until now and that could play a role in the upcoming match. Coming after a loss to the Kings in their previous match, Auckland Aces will be deflated to find themselves at the bottom of the points table. Kings, on the other hand, will not be too worried, yet. Comparing the two teams on paper, the Kings certainly seem to be better. Additionally, they proved their supremacy when the two teams met a few days ago. Considering that, the form of the two sides and the other reasons stated above, betting on a Canterbury Kings' win should be the way to go in this upcoming match.
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