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The Super Smash T20 tournament is drawing to a close and each team has three group matches left to play. The Canterbury Kings will be taking on the Auckland Aces in this match as the two sides try to end the Super Smash on a high.
For the Canterbury Kings, the Super Smash T20 has been a big disappointment so far. They have won just one out of their seven matches, losing the other six. The Canterbury Kings have been all but knocked out of contention for a playoff spot. The Auckland Aces have fared slightly better with three wins and two losses from their seven matches.
The Aces are in the third position on the Super Smash League table right now and will move into second with a win in this game.
The Canterbury Kings put up an excellent batting display in their last match against the Central Districts Stags. They scored 207 while chasing 225 and definitely gave the Central Stags a scare.
Unfortunately for the Canterbury Kings, their best performers from that game are going to missing in action. Tom Latham scored110 from just 60 deliveries while Matt Henry took two wickets to help keep the opposition in check. Both of these players are not going to be available for selection since they are a part of New Zealand’s ODI squad.
Henry Nicholls is also a part of the New Zealand side and will not be available either. That’s three of the best players gone from the Canterbury Kings and we don’t they have the depth to be able to recover from that.
In the absence of these players, Chad Bowes, Cole McConchie, and the other batsmen will have to step up. The batting looks quite weak without the missing players and the Canterbury Kings could struggle to get enough runs against the Auckland Aces.
Kyle Jamieson will once again be the bowler to try and get his side a win. He put in a magnificent performance against the Auckland Aces earlier in the Super Smash T20 and will be hopeful of returning to the same kind of form in this match as well.
Todd Astle, Ed Nuttall, and Andrew Ellis make a fairly decent bowling lineup that should test the Auckland Aces.
The current for the Canterbury Kings is a big concern. They have lost their last five matches in this edition of the Super Smash T20 and seem to be sliding with every game.
Chad Bowes, Tom Macrury, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie, Andrew Ellis, Cameron Fletcher, Henry Burton Shipley, Kyle Jamieson, TD Astle, Will Williams, Ed Nuttall.
The Auckland Aces are missing a bevy of stars from their side as well for this match but they are still in a better position than the Canterbury Kings. They have won their last two matches including the last one where their New Zealand international players had already left the squad.
The batting is going to be led by Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa, and Daniel Bell-Drummond. Glenn Phillips has been unable to get back to his best in the Super Smash up until now. He has got a few starts but failed to carry on and is clearly struggling with his form.
Craig Cachopa might be a much better player to back as the potential top-scorer in the match. He scored 73 off just 38 deliveries in the last match to power his side to a good total. Mark Chapman also came into the tournament with a big reputation to live up to but his performances have been underwhelming.
With a place in the Super Smash T20 playoffs at stake, the Auckland Aces would be hoping to get its senior players in top-gear again.
Mitchell McClenaghan and William Somerville are going to be leading the bowling attack for the Auckland Aces. McClenaghan has been very good for the Auckland Aces in this edition of the Super Smash.
He always seems to be striving for wickets and although he can be expensive on some occasions, the opposition can never really relax with him in the attack. We did not think Somerville’s traditional spin would translate well to the Super Smash but his experience in the New Zealand test side has clearly helped.
Somerville is another bowler that has been very good at keeping the runs down and picking up crucial wickets.
Daniel Bell-Drummond, GD Phillips, Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa, Robert O'Donnell, Graeme Beghin, Donovan Grobbelaar, Ronnie Hira, W Somerville, MJ Mcclenaghan, Matthew Quinn.
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The Super Smash T20 match between the Canterbury Kings and the Auckland Aces is going to be played at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch. A clear and sunny day has been forecast for match day in Christchurch. We should have a lovely day with no interruptions to the cricket.
The Hagley Oval provides an excellent cricket wicket on most occasions. The pitch has some decent pace and carry in it which keeps the bowlers interested and allows the batsmen to play their shots. The small dimensions of the ground will ensure that a high-scoring match is on the cards.
The Canterbury Kings have been in very poor form and have lost their last five matches coming into this match. They are also going to missing their best players. It is difficult to advise backing them even though the returns offered are quite good.
Stick with the favorites.
Back Auckland Aces to win.
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