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Wellington Firebirds continued to assert their dominance in Super Smash as they defeated Otago Volts in a recently concluded match. That loss for Volts reduced the gap between them and the Northern Knights, leaving the difference to just six points. The Knights will be looking to further bridge the remaining gap in their next match, which they are set to play against Canterbury Kings. The match between the two sides is to be played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, on 15th January 2021.
Canterbury Kings had a terrific start to the tournament, winning both of their first two matches. They then faced a defeat at the hands of Central Stags followed by a win over Auckland Aces. As it now stands, they are placed at the third spot on the points table with 12 points in four matches. A win here will push them to the second spot and that is exactly what they'll be aiming for.
It is always difficult to get back to winning ways after a poor performance, but Kings didn't have any problem whatsoever against Auckland Aces. It happened to be a close game, but the experienced bowlers held their nerve for the Kings to keep Aces at bay. Batting first, Canterbury Kings posted a total of 154 with Jack Boyle and Leo Carter playing excellent knocks for them. Their other batsmen, however, could do much of substance as no one from those managed to put up a personal score of more than 17.
While their batsmen failed to play to their potential, their bowlers played out of their skins to ensure a win for the Kings. Against a buffed-up but deflated Aces' batting, the likes of Matt Henry, Cole McConchie, and Daryl Mitchell bowled in tight channels and did not give away any easy runs. Daryl Mitchell picked up two important wickets to set the Aces back. Brilliant bowling at the death kept Aces at bay as Kings won the match by six runs.
On paper, the Kings do not have star-power available but have a terrifically balanced side. They have so formed punched well above their weight and have the momentum with them. Getting past them is not going to be easy for the Northern Knights.
Cameron Fletcher, Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle, Ken McClure, Leo Carter, Daryl Mitchell, Cole McConchie, TD Astle, Matt Henry, Will Williams, Ed Nuttall.
Northern Knights were one of the worst-performing teams in the last season and this season too seems to be following a similar trajectory. Half of the tournament is already done and dusted and they have managed to win just five of their five completed matches. They are just above the Aces on the points table with four points and a terrible net run-rate of -1.48.
They played their last match around a week ago and a break this long should do them a world of good. They looked fatigued and deflated after facing a string of defeats and would like to forget those and start the second half with a win.
It's not that the Knights do not have a strong team on paper. In fact, they recently posted a massive win over Central Districts, who are currently placed on the second spot. The return of a Mitchel Santner didn't prove to be beneficial for them, but having experienced and quality players available always helps.
On paper, the Knights have the likes of Tim Seifert, Anton Devcich, Mitchell Santner, and Scott Kuggleijn, but they haven't fired in unison yet. Going by the performances of their players in the competition thus far, they look highly over-reliant on Tim Seifert and that is something that could be exploited by the Kings. If other players manage to put their hands up in the upcoming contest, Northern Knights might well be able to turn things around.
Tim Seifert, Peter Bocock, Jeet Raval, Joe Carter, Mitchell Santner, Anton Devcich, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Anurag Verma, Joe Walker, FL Walker.
The two teams have had contrasting fortunes in the tournament thus far and a lot of that could be attributed to how the top-orders of the two sides. While Kings have looked fluent at the top, the Knights have depended heavily on Siefert. Besides, the Kings have a more complete unit with all-rounders playing their role to perfection. They have the momentum and are our pick to win the upcoming contest.
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