Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction Super Smash 2019-20 - Central Districts v Northern Knights
The opening encounter of the Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Central Districts and Northern Knights at the McLean Park in Napier.
With the tournament getting into its 15th season, there is enough cache and rivalry between the participating teams to draw upon. Central Districts and Northern Knights have already played 26 matches against each other, out of which the Districts have won 11 and Knights have won 14. One match has ended without any result.
What will go in the favour of the Central Districts is that the game will be played in Napier which is their home and hence they will have better know how of the conditions.
In fact, the Districts are the defending Champions and won last year's final against Northern Knights by a huge margin of 67 runs.
One thing that both teams will have to cop is the absence of some of their key players due to the ongoing Test series between New Zealand and Australia. The Stags will be without Ross Taylor.
However, they have enough firepower in the batting with George Worker, Will Young and Tom Bruce in the ranks. Blair Tickner was one of the finds of the last season and will lead their bowling attack, which also has Adam Milne and Seth Rance.
Northern Knights' will miss the services of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner and Neil Wagner, all of whom are currently in Australia. Tim Seifert and Dean Brownlie will be the leading batsmen for Northern Knights.
Not to forget the potential of Ish Sodhi and Scott Kuggeleijn with the ball. All-rounders Daryl Mitchell, Anton Devcich and Corey Anderson make their attack well-rounded.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Central Districts - Tom Bruce (c), Will Young, Dane Cleaver, Adam Milne, Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler, Doug Bracewell, Ajaz Patel, Seth Rance, Josh Clarkson, Jesse Ryder, George Worker, Willem Ludick, Felix Murray, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Christian Leopard
Northern Knights - Dean Brownlie (c), Tim Seifert, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Flynn, Anton Devcich, Zak Gibson, Brett Randell, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Peter Bocock, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Corey Anderson
Who will win the toss? - Central Districts
Who will win? – Northern Knights
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Tom Bruce (Central Districts), Tim Seifert (Northern Knights)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Blair Tickner (Central Districts), Daryl Mitchell (Northern Knights)
Most Sixes – Tom Bruce (Central Districts), Corey Anderson (Northern Knights)
Player of the Match – Tim Seifert
Team Scores Batting first – Central Districts 150+, Northern Knights 165+
Match Handicap Northern Knights
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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