About the Match
The Knights are on a winning spree and they have climbed up to the 2nd position with 18 points so far after their recent win against Canterbury by 6 wickets; they will go up against Wellington, who are positioned in the 5th place with 12 points, on 30th December at Hamilton. The Knights have won three games straight and they have made commendable efforts till now; Wellington won its last game against Otago by 6 wickets and will fight hard to continue the effort. When they met last time, the Knights had won the match by 7 runs and they will try to repeat the performance here again.
Fast-bowlers Trent Lawford and Scott Kuggeleijn took 2 wickets each against Canterbury while Jono Boult and Ish Sodhi stifled the opposition with a wicket each to contain them to 127 runs. BJ Watling posted an impressive 52 off 48 while Brownlie scored 36 runs to help reach the target; NF Kelly the supported well by posting 23 off 19 to take the team safely home.
Against Auckland, the bowlers yet again put up a tremendous show, restricting them to 142; Watling and Brownlie each then scored well-made half centuries while all-rounder Corey Anderson posted 23 off 13 to help win the match by 9 wickets. They have an in-form batting line-up that could post stiff challenges while batting first or chase one with ease. Players like Anderson, Daryl Mitchell and others add depth to the batting and also bring their bowling variations to the table.
Overall, they are a strong contender for the title this season and with their positive attitude, look well placed to emerge victorious here.
Chasing 160 against Otago, captain Hamish Marshall once again led the team from the front with a superb 100 from 58 balls that helped them win the match by 6 wickets. Fast-bowlers Hamish Bennett and Grant Elliott took 3 wickets between them to stifle the opponents while spinner Luke Woodcock also dismissed one opponent to restrict them to 159 runs. They can combine well and take on the might of the Knights, who have defeated them earlier.
Against Central Districts however, the batsmen could muster only 133 runs which the bowlers found difficult to defend despite good performances by Brent Arnel, Hamish Bennett and Grant Elliott, who provided regular breakthroughs. Elliott, Murdoch and Tom Blundell did their best to keep the scoreboard ticking but with hardly any support from the top and lower order players, they could get to a lowly score.
The team has a good mix of speedsters and spinners, who could try to come out with all their firepower here and seek revenge for their previous defeat against the Knights.
Wellington did well to register a win against Otago however their batting line-up continues to be inconsistent in getting the big runs; Knights not only have the psychological advantage here, having won the last contest with the same opponent, but also playing on home turf, which gives them a clear edge to win on Friday.