About the Match
Wellington will take on Northern Knights in the 7th Match of the Super Smash T20 series at Wellington on 20th December. The hosts are placed at the top of the table presently with 6 points while Northern Knights are placed 5th with 4 points. When they met previously, Wellington had emerged victorious by 32 runs and they will be eager to repeat the winning performance here again. Northern Knights recently defeated Auckland by 7 runs and would put up a good fight to continue with their winning momentum and climb up the ladder. It needs to be seen which team can dominate the other and triumph on Wednesday.
Hamish Marshall leads the side and he put up a good show batting first against Northern Knights; he scored 48 off 29 and with support from Samit Patel and Michael Bracewell, who posted an unbeaten 56 off 28, they put up a total of 176. Medium pacer Anurag Verma then claimed 3-37 to stifle the opponents while pacer Hamish Bennett dismissed 2 wickets.
Spinner Samit Patel and pacer Logan van Beek took a wicket each to restrict the Knights to 144 and win the match by 32 runs. They have good resources like Jeetan Patel, who did well to contain the opposition’s run-flow.
Overall, Wellington has an in-form batting unit with players like Stephen Murdoch, Hamish Marshall, Tom Blundell, Samit Patel, Michael Bracewell and Matt Taylor, who can steady the innings whether batting first or during the chase. The bowling attack is well-balanced with pace and spin options; they could strategize well against Knights here.
Batting first against Auckland, they posted 214 runs thanks to Tim Seifert’s brilliant 107 off 42; Anton Devcich supported well with 33 off 32 while Brett Hampton scored a quick fire 28 off 12 balls. Speedster Ben Laughlin claimed 3-27 to stifle the opponents while spinners Ish Sodhi and Anton Devcich took a wicket each to help wrap up a win by 7 runs in a thrilling finish.
Chasing 177 against Wellington, Dean Brownlie and Daryl Mitchell tried to build the innings by scoring 25 and 32 runs respectively; Ish Sodhi posted a well-made 51 but he had no support from others in the middle and lower order. They lost the match by 32 runs after being restricted at 144 with the fall of 7 wickets. Earlier, pacer Brent Arnel and spinner Sodhi took 2 wickets each while Ben Laughlin dismissed one opponent; but they couldn’t make a dent in the Wellington innings.
The Knights are a talented side with bowlers like Sodhi, Laughlin, Devcich, Brent Arnel and Brett Randell, who can try to outwit Wellington this time around.
With the competition getting heated up and teams fighting hard to get to the top of the table, we are likely to see another close finish on Wednesday. However, Wellington with the home advantage and having won previously against Knights, have a better chance to emerge triumphant yet again.