On the other hand, Canterbury Kings suffered a humiliating defeat in the last match and now stand with a solitary win from their first three matches. The match will be played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch which is the home ground of the Canterbury Kings. The team has won four of the last five matches played at this venue.
Chad Bowes, Stephen Murdoch and Cole McConchie are the leading batters for Canterbury Kings. Skipper McConchie cracked a 52-ball 83 in the last match against Wellington Firebirds. Murdoch also slammed a half-century against Otago Volts. Bowes showed a lot of promise initially but has not fared well in the last two games and is expected to bounce back in this match.
The bowling will be led by 24-year-old Kyle Jamieson who hogged the limelight with a six-fer against Auckland Aces. He would be assisted by Ed Nuttall and Andrew Ellis.
For Northern Knights, Dean Brownlie, Daryl Mitchell, Anton Devcich and Corey Anderson are expected to do the bulk of the scoring. Brownlie has been the highest run-getter for the team till now. Mitchell has also scored a half-century this season and is among the top batsmen of the Super Smash.
In the bowling department, Scott Kuggeleijn can give the team some early breakthroughs in the powerplay. The Knights will then look towards spinners Mitchell Santner and Anton Devcich to control the game by being economical and also picking up crucial wickets.
Canterbury Kings- Chad Bowes, Andrew Ellis, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie (c), Leo Carter, Cam Fletcher (wk), Tyler Lortan, Henry Shipley, Kyle Jamieson, Jeremy Benton, Ed Nuttall
Northern Knights- Anton Devcich, Dean Brownlie (c), Daryl Mitchell, Brett Hampton, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Daniel Flynn, Chris Jordan, PD Bocock (wk), Scott Kuggeleijn, Tarun Nethula
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Northern Knights
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Cole McConchie (Canterbury Kings), Anton Devcich (Northern Knights)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kyle Jamieson (Canterbury Kings), Mitchell Santner (Northern Knights)
Most Sixes – Cole McConchie (Canterbury Kings), Anton Devcich (Northern Knights)
Team Scores Batting First – Canterbury Kings 150+, Northern Knights 160+
*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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