Auckland Aces look to ace the preliminary finals

  • The Auckland Aces won 6 out of the 10 matches played this season. They finished on 28 points, equal on points with the Northern Knights but with a lower NRR of 0.571.
  • The Central Stags won 5 out of the 10 league stage matches to finish on 22 points.
  • The Aces defeated the Stags on 2 previous meetings this season. The 1st was a 5-wicket win at New Plymouth followed by a 8-wicket drubbing at Auckland.

The Auckland Aces will defeat the Central Stags at home to progress through to the finals of Burger King Super Smash for the year 2018/19.


30 league stage matches of the Burger King Super Smash Twenty20 tournament for the year 2018/19 is now done and we are now left to play the preliminary finals and the tournament finals. The Auckland Aces have qualified to meet the Central Stags in the preliminary final match. The match will be played as a day-night encounter at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland on the 15th of February. Premium Cricket is excited to bring you the Super Smash betting tips for this match. Read this tip to find out what we think would be the outcome of this match.


The Auckland Aces

The Auckland Aces finished 2nd in the league table recording 6 wins from 10 matches. They lost 2 matches while 2 got abandoned. Auckland finished 2nd in the league table behind the defending champions Northern Knights who won 7 matches and finished on an equal amount of points as the Auckland Aces.

The Aces won 5 matches on the trot to storm through to the playoffs. They beat Northern Knights by 6 wickets in a high-scoring thriller before brushing aside the Central Stags by 8 wickets during the last match. The batting has really come to the fore for the Aces with different batsmen putting their hands up at different times.


The Aces will not have the services of Martin Guptill and Lockie Ferguson who would both be on national duty against the Bangladeshi Tigers. Captain Craig Cachopa is the leading run-scorer for the Aces this season with 207 runs from 7 innings. He is striking at 154.47 per 100 balls and scored 60 off 39 deliveries against the Northern Knights to show that he is in good hitting form. The Aces have tried Daniel Bell-Drummond the Englishman at the top of the order and he has scored 159 runs in 4 innings with the top score of 74 against the Central Stags. Colin Munro has been part of a few matches and has scored 105 runs but it has been Glenn Phillips who has been opening the innings with Drummond of late. Phillips has hit 167 runs with the top score of 59. Mark Chapman is the other key batsman in the side and he has found at the most opportune time. He scored 75 not out off 41 deliveries against the Central Stags during the last match and will be a key component in the middle order along with 24-year-old right-hander Robert O’Donnell.


Mitch McClenaghan is the leading wicket-taker for the Aces having captured 15 wickets from 7 bowling stints out in the middle. He has best bowling figures of 3 for 23 but is conceding runs at 9 runs per over. The Northern Knights carted McClenaghan for over 50 runs in his 4 overs and the left-arm seam bowler would be determined to not let that happen again. Ronnie Hira captured 3 for 22 against the Central Stags during the last match to jump up to 2nd place in the wicket-takers list. The left-arm spin bowler has 11 wickets at a strike-rate of 14.7 deliveries per wicket. Matthew Quinn is the other key bowler in the side. He has captured 10 wickets but more importantly is conceding runs at just 7.10 runs per over. Colin Munro and Will Somerville will be used as the 4th and 5th bowlers respectively and will be expected to keep things tight against an attacking Central Stags batting unit.


The Central Stags

The Central Stags defeated the table toppers Northern Knights early on in the tournament but things went pear-shaped for them afterward. 3 wins during the middle part of the tournament got their campaign back on track only for them to lose badly to the Northern Knights and the Auckland Aces during the return matches.


Right-handed top-order batsman Tom Bruce is the leading run-scorer for the Central Districts with 308 runs from 9 innings. He has a top score 88 not out, made against the Northern Knights and is striking at over 161 runs per 100 balls. Will Young who made 89 not out against the Canterbury Kings is 2nd in the list with 237 runs. 2o-year-old Dean Foxcroft with 3 half-centuries to his credit has scored a total of 203 runs in 7 innings. He along with George Worker and Josh Clarkson have been given the freedom to express themselves out in the middle and will be expected to score big for the Central Stags yet again.


Blair Tickner with 15 wickets is the leading wicket-taker for the Central Stags. His impressive performances during the ongoing Super Smash earned him a national call-up to play against the Indian team during the T20 series. Tickner missed the last match against the Auckland Aces and will be determined to do well against them as he did not manage to capture a wicket against them when the two teams met at New Plymouth. Ben Wheeler who captured 4 for 26 against the Otago Volts has not done much other than that. He is 2nd in the list of top wicket-takers with 9 wickets. Seth Rance and Doug Bracewell are the other two key medium pace bowlers in the side. The inclusion of Adam Milne has added muscle to the Central Stags bowling attack. He captured 2 for 35 against Auckland last time and will be expected to perform better during this important fixture.


Super Smash Betting Tips

The Auckland Aces are favorites to defeat the Central Stags when the two teams meet for the Preliminary finals at Auckland. We predict that this will become a reality with the Aces defeating the Stags.

Match Info


Super Smash 2018-19



Home Team:

Auckland Aces

Away Team:

Central Stags


Feb 15, 2019


03:10 GMT


Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland, New Zealand


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