Canterbury Kings have performed below par throughout the Super Smash 2018/19 and we predict that it will continue here. The Wellington Firebirds will defeat the Canterbury Kings to record their 4th win to bow out of the
league with 18 points.
The 29th match of the Burger King Super Smash Twenty20 series held in New Zealand will be contested between the Wellington Firebirds and the Canterbury Kings. The match will be played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on the 9th of February. The Canterbury Kings and the Wellington Firebirds will be playing for a consolation win because this will be the last match in this year’s league for both the teams. Our online cricket betting tips will give you a Super Smash prediction on this Twenty20 encounter. Why don’t you continue reading and find out who will win this match?
The Wellington Firebirds have defeated the Canterbury Kings on 3 occasions out of the last five matches leading up to this match. They last lost to the Kings in January 2018 by 62 runs at the same venue but the most recent fixture resulted in a massive win for the Firebirds. The Canterbury Kings lost the 15th match of the 2017/18 season by 5 wickets after setting a target of 138 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs. But they managed to come back with a win in the 23rd match by defeating the Firebirds with a comfortable 62 run margin. In the 2016/17 season of Super Smash Twenty20, these two teams met twice and one of the matches was the preliminary final. The first meetup was a tight encounter, where Canterbury stacked up 199 for a loss of 4 wickets. The Firebirds almost ended up with a fairytale win, falling short by just 9 runs. But the preliminary final was dominated by the Firebirds.
The Wellington Firebirds are in 4th position at the end of 27 matches of the season. They were defeated by the Central Stags and won over the Otago Volts in a 400+ run match. They suffered a humiliating 6-wicket loss at the hands of Auckland Aces with 14 balls remaining in the 19th match.
Devon Conway struck a magnificent century, the second in the tournament by any team in a high scoring match against the Volts. He continued his form by scoring 39 in 22 deliveries against the Stags. He is the top-scorer in this year’s league with 352 runs at a strike rate of 144.85. Luke Woodcock scored 63 in the previous match and will be expected to perform well again. Opener Michael Bracewell was in form at the beginning of the tournament but has been devoid of good scores in the last few games. He will have to step up along with Troy Johnson and Tom Blundell to help the Firebirds win.
Jeetan Patel and Ollie Newton have consistently been in the wickets column for the Firebirds. A good performance with the ball will be expected from the two who share the 5th position in the top wicket-takers list with 11 wickets each. 20-year-old Ben Sears bagged 4 wickets for 16 runs in his 4 overs in the last game against the Kings. Jimmy Neesham’s absence will be felt by the team as he is away playing against India in the T20I’s. The experienced Logan van Beek and right-arm medium pace bowler Hamish Bennett will need to combine to give more support to the other bowlers by keeping it tight from the other end.
The Canterbury Kings have played 9 matches and won only 2 against the Otago Volts and the Auckland Aces. They are at the bottom of the league table with 8 points and an NRR of -0.631. They played a good last game with a 30 run win over the Otago Volts and will be planning for the same against the Firebirds this Saturday. They have not been successful in chasing, and the last win was secured by defending as well. They may well be hoping to bat first in the
Tom Latham played a heroic 110 in a chase of 225 runs, which resulted in a near win for the Kings. He will be back in the Super Smash with the end of the ODI series against India and will be a major attraction as a batsman. Cole McConchie is the leading run scorer for the Kings with 229 runs against his name. Steven Murdoch made 64 runs off 38 in a winning cause against the Volts in their previous game. Chad Bowes has 204 runs in his 9 innings whereas Cameron Fletcher has scored 162, with an average over 40.
Right-arm-medium Kyle Jamieson is the leading fast bowler for the Super Smash League so far. He has captured 19 wickets with best bowling figures of 6 wickets for 7 runs. Andrew Ellis and 25-year-old Ed Nuttall who are the other premier pace bowlers in the side. Jeremy Benton, Henry Shipley, and Cole McConchie will have a part to play for the Firebirds if they are to win this last match of the season.
The Super Smash Betting prediction for this Super Smash match is as follows.
The teams will have to be strong and step on to the ground aiming to end the season on a high. Both teams have adequate resources to record a win. Our online cricket betting tip predicts that the Wellington Firebirds will defeat the Canterbury Kings in this last match for both teams in this season’s league.