About the Match
Canterbury welcomed back Tom Latham into their side but that did not stop their slide downwards in the league table. They have a tough assignment up ahead against the Northern Knights, a team which is currently top of the table and in excellent form.
After having restricted the strong batting lineup of the Auckland Aces to a par total of 168, the Canterbury Kings would have backed themselves to chase that down especially since they had Tom Latham available to boost the middle order as well.
As things turned out, the Kings fell short by 7 runs and have now slipped to 4th
on the league table, well within the reach of the Central Stags just below them.
After an excellent start to their Super Smash 2017/18 campaign, the Canterbury Kings are having a tough time breaking out of this mid-tournament slump. This could be possibly the worst time for the Canterbury Kings to have to face the in-form team of the tournament at the moment.
The positive for Canterbury would be the form of Tom Latham. He has been having an amazing few months in limited overs cricket and scored 46 in his first match of the Super Smash. If he is available to them for the next few matches, then he has the capability to win the Kings a couple of matches on his own.
His presence will also allow Fletcher, Bowes, and McConchie to play with more freedom. Currently, these players seem to be playing within themselves and hurting the team’s cause.
Canterbury’s bowling is middling at best and even though Ellis once again picked up two wickets, the presence of Todd Astle in the lineup as well did not really do them much good. Each and every bowler will have to try just a little harder to prop up the team and make things easier for their batsmen.
Northern Districts Knights
Set a target of 157 by the hapless Otago Volts, the Northern Knights went about dismantling this chase in style. Seifert and Devcich combined to score 144 in just 14.3 overs before Siefert was dismissed trying to finish off the game in a hurry.
This inning of 55 from Siefert extended his lead as the highest scorer in the entire tournament with a total of 298 runs to his name now. It has been players like Siefert, Devicich, Mitchell, and Brownlie that have ensured that the Northern Knights do not have to worry about runs.
Theirs has been the strongest batting unit in this entire competition by far.
Their bowling has also benefitted from the presence of Chris Jordan who has been economical and very accurate at the death. Teams try and block him out so that they are able to attack the other bowlers, which ends up granting those bowlers more chances at picking up wickets as well.
The absence of Ish Sodhi to national duty has not been missed as acutely as we felt it might have been. With Devicich and Mitchell able to bowl regularly the Northern Knights have plenty of depth in their bowling department as well.
The Northern Knights are rolling along nicely with five wins from their seven matches but know that Auckland is biting at their heels. We expect them to maintain the intensity in this encounter as well.
Pitch and Conditions
Plenty of rain has been forecast for match day and there is a very real possibility that we will not be able to see any cricket being played. If we do catch a break in the rain for some cricket to be played then expect the pitch to be a little soft and have something in it for the bowlers. A possible low scoring match could be seen in the highly unlikely event of rain allowing enough play to take place.
It is 3-2 in favor of the Northern Knights over the last five matches between them and the Canterbury Knights. In the current form being shown by both teams, we are backing the Northern Knights to win.
Back the Northern Districts Knights to win.