About the Match
Canterbury moved one place higher on the table with its recent win against Otago by 16 runs; they have 16 points placed third presently and will take on Knights, who are in the 4th spot with 14 points, on 29th December at Mt. Maunganui. Both teams have been winning matches recently and are in good form to continue doing so; while the Knights defeated Auckland by 9 wickets, Canterbury registered a handsome win against Otago. It needs to be seen which side will emerge victorious after overcoming the challenges as well as their nerves on Thursday.
Fast bowlers Scott Kuggeleijn and Trent Lawford took 2 wickets between them to stifle the Auckland batsmen in the last match; spinner Jono Boult also claimed 2-21 helping them restrict the opposition to 142, which the batting line-up achieved comfortably with more than 4 overs to spare. Openers BJ Watling and Dean Brownlie posted well-made half-centuries to steer the team across the finish line with a good contribution by Corey Anderson, who scored 23 from just 13 balls.
Batting first against Central Districts, the batsmen put up a tremendous show, posting a total of 197; Watling, Brownlie, Anderson, and all-rounder spinner Mitchell Santner posted an extraordinary 45 off 21 balls. Bowlers Mitchell and Kuggeleijn also kept the scoreboard ticking and the bowlers went on to defend the target in style. Fast bowlers and spinners alike did well to stifle the opponents and win the match by 10 runs.
They have done well with bat and ball recently, and their all-rounders definitely give them the edge to win here.
Ed Nuttall and Kyle Jamieson provided the left-right pace combination against Otago and helped contain them to 136 while defending a modest total of 152. All-rounder spinner Todd Astle also succeeded to take 2 scalps and contributed to help win the match by 16 runs. Chad Bowes posted a superb half-century while all-rounders Andrew Ellis and middle-order batsman Peter Fulton did well to keep the runs flowing.
Against Otago, Peter Fulton, and Henry Nicholls showcased their skills with the bat and partnered together to post a brilliant century-stand for the 2nd wicket and guide the innings to 157. Other players like Tom Latham, Bowes, Ellis and Fletcher couldn’t impress with the bat; however, ben Hilfenhaus the experienced fast-bowler registered his career-best 5-23 to help the team win.
Although Hilfenhaus won’t feature in the upcoming games, they are determined to keep the momentum going with bowlers like Andrew Ellis, Ed Nuttall, Jamieson, Johnston, and Astle, who can try to outwit the Knights on Thursday.
Knights and Canterbury will fight against each other for the first time this season and they equally have strong match-winners in their sides. Both teams are on a winning roll and will leave no stone unturned to win on Thursday; however, we feel that Knights have a more consistent batting line-up, which makes them favorites to win here