The match will be played at Eden Park which is the home ground of Auckland Aces. However, they have lost three of the last four matches played at the ground.
Auckland Aces have a formidable top four in Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman. The team would bank on at least two of them to go big. Guptill, in particular, is a powerful striker and can clear the boundary with ease. His unbeaten 71-run knock against Central Stags was testament to the potential that the opener possesses.
In the bowling line up William Somerville, Lockie Ferguson and Matthew Quinn have been exceptional for the team till now. Somerville returned with figures of 3-28 in the last match.
As for Canterbury Kings, Chad Bowes, Stephen Murdoch and Cam Fletcher will form the bowling lineup. Murdoch cracked a 33-ball 54 in the last match against Otago Volts. Fletcher has also looked goods and is due for a big knock.
Kyle Jamieson, Andrew Ellis and captain Cole McConchie will shoulder the bowling attack. While the bowling of both teams pretty much cancell out each other, Auckland Aces have a gun batting lineup as compared to the Canterbury Kings and that in all likelihood would decide the result of the match.
Auckland Aces- Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips (wk), Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (c), Robert O'Donnell, Ronnie Hira, Lockie Ferguson, Benjamin Lister, Matthew Quinn, William Somerville
Canterbury Kings- Chad Bowes, Andrew Ellis, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie (c), Leo Carter, Cam Fletcher (wk), Kyle Jamieson, Tyler Lortan, Henry Shipley, Jeremy Benton, Ed Nuttall
Who will win? – Auckland Aces
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Martin Guptill (Auckland Aces), Chad Bowes (Canterbury Kings)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lockie Ferguson (Auckland Aces), Jeremy Benton (Canterbury Kings)
Most Sixes – Martin Guptill (Auckland Aces), Chad Bowes (Canterbury Kings)
Team Scores Batting First – Auckland Aces 155+, Canterbury Kings 140+
*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 soon, so stay tuned.
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