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Alright then - we are finally into the last three matches of the Super Smash and we already have the teams that are going to progress to the next round. All the remaining matches are now dead rubbers and will have no impact whatsoever on the qualification scenarios. Having said that, all of those matches can now act as a rehearsal for the more important matches and all teams would want to use it for that.
The upcoming match is to be played between Canterbury Kings and Central Stags. These two are the same teams that are likely to meet in the preliminary final so this match will act as a good preparation before the actual knockout. There may not be as much stake involved, but both sides are expected to come out hard and regain the momentum. The match is to be played on 5th February, McLean Park, Napier.
For the most part of the tournament, Central Stags were hovering at the second spot, but thanks to a couple of poor performances in their recent matches, they have slid down to the third spot. In a total of nine matches played, the Stags have won five and lost four. Consequently, they have 20 points to their name with a net run-rate of 0.48, which anyway is not going to matter.
Central Districts are coming off two back-to-back losses and they'll like to snap that losing streak and bounce back to the winning ways. Prior to these two losses, they were on a decent win-streak of three matches, which came to an end with Auckland Aces defeating Central Districts by 17 runs. In the last match, the Stags were defeated by Wellington Firebirds by a comprehensive margin as Stags' bowling failed to fire.
On paper, the Stags have a decent team that has just not able to fire in their last couple of matches. Their batsmen, who looked pretty good at the beginning of the tournament are now looking a little rusty. Considering that the playoff match is not far away, the Districts will want Ross Taylor to gain some form. On paper, they have a decent batting unit with Doug Bracewell coming in at number seven. However, the likes of George Worker, Ross Taylor, and Dane Cleaver will hold the key for the Stags.
With the ball, the Stags lack experience and barring Blair Tickner and Doug Bracewell, none of their bowlers has looked consistent. Even Tickner was expensive in the last match and that is something they would want to work on. If the bowlers can work well for them, the Stags certainly have a batting unit that can win them the match.
Dane Cleaver, George Worker, Ross Taylor, Tom Bruce, Will Young, Doug Bracewell, Josh Clarkson, Blair Tickner, Ajaz Patel, Jayden Lennox, Joey Field.
Canterbury Kings have never been a much-fancied team, but the way they have performed in this edition has certainly attracted many eyes. They marched undefeated for quite some time and are eventually likely to finish second on the points table. Currently, they are placed at the second spot on the ladder with a net run-rate of 0.283. A loss here, however, will push them to the third spot, but that isn't going to have any impact on the final playoff fixtures.
Even though the Kings are coming off a win in their last match, their performance of late has been far from complete. In the last three matches, the Kings have lost two. They snapped their losing streak with a win over Otago Volts and will want to carry this momentum into the next match and then into the playoffs.
Chasing a total of 163, the Kings never looked concerned even though they lost a couple of quick wickets halfway through their chase. Thanks to quick knocks by Chad Bowes and Ken McClure at the top, the Kings were always ahead. Cole McConchie played the captain's hand, scoring a fifty and finishing off the chase.
Earlier with the ball, Todd Asle, Will Williams, and Matt Henry proved to be pretty useful on a surface that didn't have much to offer. Williams and Astle returned with the identical figures of 18 for 2 whereas Matt Henry contributed with one wicket. The Kings had their weak points, but they wouldn't be too worried about that just yet.
On paper, the Kings have an immaculately balanced side. The availability of Daryl Mitchell adds to their balance as he can bowl a couple of tight overs and hammer the ball right from the word go. All of their top-order batsmen are capable of scoring quickly and that's exactly what one would want from a T20 team. With the ball, we expect spinners to play a massive role on a surface that is likely to offer some assistance. All in all, the Kings have a decent side and even though their recent form hasn't been as good, they will not be an easy team to get past.
Cameron Fletcher, Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle, Ken McClure, Leo Carter, Daryl Mitchell, Cole McConchie, TD Astle, Matt Henry, Will Williams, Ed Nuttall.
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This is a dead-rubber in what has otherwise been a pretty well-fought tournament. The two teams have mostly been next to each other in the tournament and it is likely to end just like that. A win for the Stags will switch the position of the two sides whereas a win for the Kings will extend the gap. Comparing the recent form and on-paper combination of both teams, going with a Canterbury Kings' win seems to be the right option in this match.
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