Wellington Firebirds, on the other hand, lost two of their first three matches apart from a match that was washed out. They have bounced back with back to back victories.
Both teams already met in the opening encounter of the Super Smash in which Dean Brownlie struck 99 from just 46 balls and took the Northern Knights to 215 for 6. Anton Devcich then bagged a four-wicket haul, powering the team to a massive 45-run win over Wellington Firebirds who could only manage 170.
After being recalled for the New Zealand team, Jimmy Neesham has injured himself and is therefore unavailable. Ben Sears has been added in the playing XI in the place of Neesham. Sears stood his ground against Central Districts and then left a mark with figures of 4-16 against Canterbury Kings.
Adam Hose has also joined the team and has hit his straps right away with a 54 from 33 balls against Canterbury Kings. Michael Bracewell has been superb with the bat and has scores of 74 and 69 from the last two innings. Jeetan Patel, Ollie Newton and Hamish Bennett have also looked quite threatening.
Although Northern Knights have lost a lot of players to the national team in Tim Seifert, Ish Sodi, Mitchell Santner and Scott Kuggeleijn, the team still has players to make a strong statement.
Both Dean Brownlie and Brett Randell could return to the the side. Apart from Brownlie, Daryl Mitchell and Anton Devcich have been among the runs. All-rounders Devcich and Corey Anderson will provide the team with balance.
Wellington Firebirds- Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell, Adam Hose, Malcolm Nofal, Tom Blundell, Michael Pollard, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Jeetan Patel, Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett
Northern Knights- Anton Devcich, Dean Brownlie, PD Bocock, Daryl Mitchell, Brett Hampton, Corey Anderson, Daniel Flynn, Chris Jordan, Tarun Nethula, Neil Wagner, Brett Randell
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Northern Knights
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Anton Devcich (Northern Knights), Michael Bracewell (Wellington Firebirds)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Neil Wagner (Northern Knights), Hamish Bennett (Wellington Firebirds)
Most Sixes – Anton Devcich (Northern Knights), Michael Bracewell (Wellington Firebirds)
Team Scores Batting First – Northern Knights 150+, Wellington Firebirds 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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