The summer holidays down under are going to heat up with the Burger King Super Smash T20 tournament for the year 2018 is scheduled to get underway on the 22nd of December 2018. The professional Twenty20 league of New Zealand, which is run by the New Zealand cricket administration, is branded as the Burger King Super Smash as a result of the sponsorship deal with the global fast food brand Burger King. Below you find our cricket prediction analysis were we look at all the factors that come into play. This is going to be a fast-paced action-filled tournament so this is a tournament you would want to watch even though you are not betting on it! However, when it comes to cricket betting tips we are seldom wrong and suggest that you bet on this Super Smash tournament to increase the fun! Go to BETWAY and place your bets now!
The competition will run from the 22nd of December till the 17th of February and will see 6 teams taking part in 30 round robin matches to determine the finalists who will be battling it out in a preliminary final and then the grand finale. Matches will be played in 9 cities across New Zealand with each team scheduled to play the other 5 teams on two occasions during the league stage. The top team will get automatic qualification for the finals while the 2nd and 3rd ranked teams will play the preliminary final to determine who joins them for the grand finale.
The domestic league tournaments in New Zealand have always been very competitive with the players doing well during these tournaments being selected to represent the country at International level. Hence the tournament being treated seriously by players and administrators alike. When it comes to cricket prediction we have to look at the past season. The Northern Knights won the 2017/18 edition of the Super Smash by defeating Central Stags by 9 wickets in the final. The Northern Knights, Auckland Aces, and the Central Stags qualified for the final round of the competition after finishing as the top 3 teams following the completion of the round-robin fixtures. Knights won 7 out of the 10 matches while the Aces and the Stags won 5 matches apiece to qualify well clear of their opponents. The Auckland Aces are the most successful team in the history of the tournament having won the championship of 4 occasions and finishing as runners-up on 3 other occasions. The Central Stags, Northern Knights, Otago Volts and the Wellington Firebirds have each won the prize twice.
The 6 teams taking part in the tournament are the Northern Knights, Auckland Aces, Central Stags, Canterbury Kings, Wellington Firebirds and the Otago Volts. Last year’s tournament saw some very massive scores being made by the teams by taking full advantage of the relatively small cricket grounds in New Zealand. There were thirteen 200 plus team scores in total with the Canterbury Kings, Auckland Aces, Central Stags and the Otago Volts accounting for 12 of them. The finale in comparison was a big disappointment with the Central Stags being restricted to 99 for 8 in their allotted 20 overs only for Anton Devcich led Northern Knights to canter to victory with over 11 overs to spare.
The Auckland Aces represents the Auckland region of New Zealand and are the most successful side of domestic cricket in New Zealand. They have won the Plunket shield on 28 occasions and the Ford Trophy on 10 occasions to go with the 4 T20 titles. They are sponsored by Mondiale and wear a light blue kit for limited overs cricket. The players to watch out for from the Aces squad are Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Jeet Raval, Glenn Phillips, Lockie Ferguson, and Mitch McClenaghan. Finnley Allen became the youngest ever debutant last year while Craig Cachopa, Hong Kong’s Mark Chapman and Sean Solia are key players in the middle order.
Canterbury Kings are the team based in Canterbury and they are the 2nd most successful team in New Zealand’s domestic circuit. They have won the Plunket Shield on 19 occasions and the Ford Trophy on 14 occasions but have won the Super Smash just once in the inaugural tournament in 2005/06. The quad consists of Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, Todd Astle and Matt Henry who have all had international experience. Watch out for Michael Davidson, Leo Carter, Michael Pollard and Andrew Ellis with the bat and Jeremy Benton, Will Williams and 22-year-old Henry Shipley with the ball.
The Central Stags represent the Central Districts Cricket Association in first-class cricket in New Zealand. Central Districts, which comprises 8 district associations, have won 9 Plunket Shield tournaments, 6 Ford Tournaments, and 2 Super Smash titles in the past. Ross Taylor, Doug Bracewell, George Worker and Adam Milne are the players of international repute in the side that also boasts of 25-year-old all-rounder Will Young as the captain, Tom Bruce, Ben Smith as the batsmen and Ryan McCone, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner, Ajaz Patel, Bevan Small and Ben Wheeler as the bowlers. The Stags have not won the tournament since 2010 and will be determined to put the record straight in 2018/19.
The 34-year-old right-hander Dean Brownlie will lead the defending champions Northern Knights. They are based in the northern half of the North Island of New Zealand with Seddon Park in Hamilton as their primary home ground. They are the last to attain the first-class status in New Zealand but have already won the Plunket Shield on 8 occasions, Ford Trophy on 7 occasions and the Super Smash title on 2 occasions. The impact player for the Northerns undoubtedly is the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. They also have Daniel Flynn, BJ Watling, and Joe Carter as batsmen, Corey J Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, and Mitchell Santner as all-rounders along with Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Neil Wagner as pace bowlers of note. Ish Sodhi is the primary spin bowler in the side and they have the most number of players currently representing the national side.
The Otago Volts cricket team formed in 1876 represents the Otago, Southland and North Otago regions. The blue, gold and maroon team normally have the University Oval in Dunedin as their home venue. They’ve won the Super Smash twice in 2008/09 and 2012/13 while winning the Plunket Shield on 13 occasions. Mark Craig is the only player to hold a contract with New Zealand Cricket at the moment but they also have Neil Broom, and captain Hamish Rutherford who have also have represented New Zealand senior team in the past. Michael Bracewell and Brad Wilson are the key batsmen in the side that also has Christi Viljoen, Josh Finnie, and Sam Wells as all-rounders. Jacob Duffy is the only bowler of note for the Volts but watch out for leg-spinner Rhys Phillips and left-arm Chinaman bowler Michael Rippon who could both spring a surprise or two with some subtle variations.
The Wellington Firebirds based in Wellington is the 6th and final team that makes up the composition of the super smash T20 league. They have the Basin Reserve as the home ground and made their first-class debut in 1873. They won the Super Smash in 2014/15 and in 2016/17 and have won the Plunket Shield on a record 20 occasions. The side is captained by Michael Papps and also consists of batsmen Fraser Colson, Luke Woodcock, Matt Taylor, and Logan van Beek. Tom Blundell who has represented New Zealand in T20 cricket is the wicketkeeper in the side. Hamish Bennett will lead the bowling attack with Iain McPeake, Ollie Newton and Anurag Verma as the key other pace bowling options in the team. 38-year-old Jeetan Patel still goes strong as the leading spin bowler in the side with Peter Younghusband and Woodcock to provide support.
The T20 tournament in New Zealand has always produced some great cricket and some closely contested encounters. Small grounds, fast outfields and attacking batsmen make the tournament a great spectacle for the cricket fans and the viewers. The tournament has been given the opportunity for players to showcase their talent and stake a claim for a place in the national side and this year is going to be no different.
Wellington Firebirds and Northern Knights have strong teams and are favorites to reach the final stages of the tournament. Our cricket prediction is that the Firebirds will win the coveted Super Smash Twenty20 Cup this year.
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