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With a string of high-scoring fixtures, Super Smash has started off with a bang. All the teams, except the Northern Districts, have already had a chance to get out on the field. The Knights' first match is scheduled for tomorrow as they take on Central Districts. Both sides are languishing in the bottom half of the table and the winner will get off the mark as far as points on the board are concerned. The match is to be played at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth on Wednesday, 30th December 2020.
Central Districts got off to the worst possible start to the campaign as they not only lost the match, but the margin of their loss was also massive. They suffered a big setback even before the tournament started Adam Milne was rendered unavailable to play for the Stags. His absence was well and truly felt in the opening match as well.
Even though Central Districts ended up keeping Wellington Firebirds to a decent score of 175, their bowlers lacked the ability to keep the scoring rate down despite picking up wickets at regular intervals. Joey Field and Blair Tickner were the picks of their bowlers as they returned with a couple of wickets each without giving away too many runs.
Given the short boundaries of the ground and decent batting attack that the Stags have, it was rather surprising that they failed to overhaul the target. They got off to a decent start with George Worker, Bayley Wiggins, and Dane Cleaver getting off to a start each, but little to no contribution from the middle-order cost them the match. Eventually, they finished with just 136 runs on the board, losing the match by 39 runs.
All in all, Central Districts have a decent team, but lack of match practice was apparent in the first match that they played. The absence of Adam Milne could be a distinguishing factor for them in the tournament on the whole, but they do have the bench strength to cover for him. All in all, if they can execute the on-paper strength they have, the Stags will be in it big time.
George Worker, Bayley Wiggins, Dane Cleaver, Tom Bruce, Josh Clarkson, KN Barnett, Doug Bracewell, Christian Leopard, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner.
Had all their players been available, Northern Districts would have been one of the most well-balanced teams of the tournament. However, barring Anton Devcich, Tim Seifert, and Dean Brownlie, they lack experience in all facets of the game. Besides, they are yet to play a match in the tournament and the lack of match practice might be a telling factor for them tomorrow.
On paper, the mere presence of Seifert, Devcich, and Brownlie is enough to impart strength to a team. In the bowling department, they have Scott Kuggeleijn, who can deliver with the ball and hit some lofty hits should the need be. Apart from the already mentioned players, however, the Knights would need contribution from everyone.
Their bowling looks a little inexperienced with Scott Kuggeleijn being the only player available with extensive experience under his belt. Brett Randell and Matthew Fisher are well known for their accurate bowling and could be key to the Knights' fortunes, not just in the upcoming match but in the tournament.
Tim Seifert, Katene Clarke, Dean Brownlie, Henry Cooper, Anton Devcich, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Zak Gibson, Joe Walker, Brett Randell, Matthew Fisher.
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Northern Knights were the worst of all teams last year as they finished at the bottom of the table. They'd want to avoid being reminded of that and would, therefore, be desperate to register a win in this upcoming encounter. The Stags, on the other hand, are coming off a massive loss, and getting back to the winning ways will be their first priority. On paper, the two teams are equally matched, but the presence of Anton Devcich, Tim Seifert, and Scott Kuggeleijn adds to the Knights' advantage. Given the returns on offer, betting on a Knights' win should be the way to go in this encounter.
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