Super Smash 2021 Predictions

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Super Smash Predictions

The Men’s Super Smash, or the currently named Dream11 Super Smash, is a Twenty20 cricket competition in New Zealand.

It’s a domestic cricket league representing New Zealand’s answer to the current domestic Twenty20 cricket league craze circling the globe. New Zealand had to have one of its own with so many similar leagues in countries like Pakistan, Czechia, Sri Lanka, and more.

This doesn’t mean that Super Smash is a new league, but it has witnessed some changes and expansions recently, most notably after introducing the Women’s Super Smash from the 2018/19 season onward.

Due to this and the noticeable popularity of the league, we wanted to give you a full detailed page where we’ll present you with all the latest Super Smash predictions. We’ll cover the matchups, weather conditions, key players, match predictions, schedules, some betting tips, and so much more.

With so much information in one place, we hope that you’ll have more than enough tips and knowledge that will help you make better and more lucrative bets.

Men’s Super Smash

The Men’s Super Smash was founded in 2005, the first season being the 2005/06 one. Since then, it’s been held every season, even though many of the key players sometimes do not participate because of the New Zealand international summer that occurs at the same time.

 

The names of the league have changed over the years for various reasons, including sponsorships as of late:

 

  • New Zealand Twenty20 Competition — 2005/06 season only
  • State Twenty20 — From 2006/07 season to 2008/09
  • HRV Cup — From 2009/10 to 2012/13
  • HRV Twenty20 — 2013/14 only
  • Georgie Pie — 2014/15 and 2015/16 (this change starts the sponsorship name period)
  • McDonald’s — 2016/17 only
  • Burger King — 2017/18 and 2018/19
  • Dream11 — From 2019/20 until 2026, when the sponsorship contract expires

 

The league currently has six teams in total. Here’s a list of all together with their wins and 2nd places (ending with the 2020/21 season):

    • Auckland Aces from Auckland — 4 wins and 4 second places
    • Wellington Firebirds from Wellington — 4 wins and 1 second place
    • Central Stags from the Central Districts — 3 wins and 3 second places
  • Otago Volts from Otago — 2 wins and 3 second places
  • Northern Brave from the Northern Districts — 2 wins and 2 second places
  • Canterbury Kings from Canterbury — 1 win and 3 second places

 

Super Smash is a long tournament, usually starting in December and ending in February. This, of course, changes depending on various circumstances, like the pandemic in the last two years. For instance, the 2021/22 season started on 26 November 2021 and will end on 29 January 2022.

The length comes mainly from the double round-robin format, meaning that every team plays against every other team twice. In other words, each team plays a total of ten matches.

After the group stage, the top three ranked teams advance to the playoffs. The second and the third-placed teams play against each other (the Preliminary Final), and the winner advances to the finals to compete against the first-ranked team. Naturally, the winner of the finals is the champion for the season. Wellington Firebirds won their fourth title in the 2020/21 season.

Super Smash News

If you want to start placing bets on Super Smash matches, you should keep up-to-date with the news. Why? For the simple reason that staying on top of the latest developments in the league and among the players will enable you to make better predictions.

With the latest news on what’s happening in Super Smash, you’ll be better prepared to place the right wagers with good odds that have a higher chance of passing. You’ll have the insights you need to find the types of bets that have the highest chances of passing in your favour.

That’s precisely why we’ll aim to keep you informed of the latest news concerning the league right in this section. Naturally, we’ll constantly review the area to remove older and no longer relevant news to punters. We’ll also double-check everything we post, so you can always get the correct information.

Super Smash Match Predictions

Many punters, even the experienced ones, want to check predictions from time to time, especially on matches they are unsure of. We advise you to do the same, which is why we’ll make sure to include the latest match predictions in this section.

Our team of experts with decades of betting experience in cricket will make sure the predictions are as good as they can be.

Naturally, you shouldn’t use the predictions as gospels, but you should use them as a helping hand for making better wagering decisions. They can be powerful insights into what might happen, especially if you are a complete beginner.

Match Details

In this section, we’ll give you the basics:

 

  • The teams getting ready to duke it out
  • The exact date and time of the match
  • The venue of the match
  • Updates if games are cancelled or postponed

 

You won’t even have to look for other places to find out about these details, as we always make sure to have it ready before or as soon as the bets become available.

Preview

In the preview section, we’ll provide the necessary info on the teams about to play. We’ll note their history within the league and the previous encounters they’ve had, especially if they’ve already played one game against each other in the current season.

For instance, the Wellington Firebirds and Canterbury Kings have already played a match this season, so you should be aware that the Firebirds have won by 27 runs and that they are already on a roll trying to defend their last year’s title.

You’ll also learn about the latest performance ratings on the players and the entire squad’s performance in the past few matches. With only six teams in the league, information like this will be essential for placing good wagers.

Pitch Report

As a fan of the sport, you already know that the state of the pitch is incredibly important. More so than in the majority of other sports. Some players fare better on specific pitch types, like batsmen playing better on flat ones.

Things like these point out that home pitch advantage is a significant factor in the match’s outcome. That’s why we’ll analyse the pitch and give you insights into how it will affect the teams.

Weather Conditions

Cricket is one of those sports where the weather conditions affect the game considerably. The weather changes can affect the ball speed, the pitch state, and even a team’s overall performance.

Some Indians might not be aware, but the Super Smash is played in the middle of New Zealand’s summer. This is during December, January, and February, i.e. India’s pre-winter and winter seasons.

In other words, the warm summer weather will make most matches quite pleasant for the players, but sudden changes can damage their performance.

Possible Playing XIs and Key Players

Of course, the main factors that determine the outcome of a match are not the pitch, the weather, nor the home terrain — it’s the line-ups and the players in them.

Naturally, this information will not be available way ahead of the match. Still, thanks to the previous matches and the current plans of the teams, we can be pretty close with our predictions on the starting XIs and the notable players that are likely to play.

We’ll always make sure to update the section if changes occur, so check the latest news and this part to know if changes that can affect your wagers have transpired.

Probable Winners

Of course, most casual punters want to know who the favourite is, so we always make sure to give our choice for the upcoming match. When placing an easy wager, just check this section for the likely winner of the game.

Best Super Smash Odds

Once you gather all the useful insights from the previous few sections, you are ready to place your wager(s). You’ll want to head over to a betting site, but as always, not all of them will feature the Super Smash League.

What’s more, they’ll likely have different odds of the ones that do. If you want to save time on research, you can simply check this section, as we’ll always recommend the best bookies with the most lucrative Super Smash odds.

Super Smash Schedule

A regular Super Smash season consists of 32 matches — 30 round-robin matches, the Preliminary Final, and the Finals. The same was true for the 2020/21 season, and it remains for the current 2021/22 season.

The pandemic hasn’t changed the format, and the full schedule is already here, but that doesn’t mean unfortunate and unexpected changes won’t happen. That’s why we advise you to check this section regularly, and we’ll do our part to update it as soon as we get the news of a schedule change.

Super Smash Scoreboard

If you cannot watch any Super Smash match live for whatever reason, you can still use this section to follow the live score. The scoreboard will show the current score, including stats that can help you place some lucrative live bets if that’s what you’re into.

Latest Predictions

Northern Brave VS Wellington Firebirds

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 24 NB vs WF: Preview Playing XI & Predictions16 Jan 2022 - 06:10 am

NB vs WF Preview

Northern Brave will take on Wellington Firebirds in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at Cobham Oval (New), Whangarei on January 16, Saturday at 6:10 am IST. Both the teams will be clashing for the first time this season.

Northern Brave

  • Northern Brave have already qualified for the playoffs.
  • However, they would want to continue with the winning momentum and get direct entry into the finals.
  • They are at the pole position with 5 wins and 1 loss at a net run rate of +0.725.

Wellington Firebirds

  • Wellington Firebirds, on the other hand, are one step away from qualifying for the playoffs.
  • The defending champions are coming off three consecutive wins and will be high on confidence after chasing a huge total of 228 against Central Stags in their last game.
  • They have maintained the 3rd spot in the table with 4 wins and losses at a net run rate of -0.022

Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportCloudy and Scattered Showers

    Temp27°C

  • VenueCobham Oval (New)

    Pitch ReportBatting

Cobham Oval (New), Whangarei, Pitch Report

So far, only one T20 game has been played at the Cobham Oval, with the team batting first winning after putting up a score of 172-8. Since this is a new pitch and the first match of the season here, the wicket should provide more runs.

Weather Forecast

The weather will be cloudy and windy as Northern Brave takes on Wellington Firebirds in the 24th match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 24 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 21 km/h and humidity around 61 percent.

A couple of showers are expected in Whangarei on the day of the match, which may have an impact on the game. The strong breeze is likely to assist the fast bowlers with some swing early on.

NB vs WF Probable Playing XI

Northern Brave:

Jeet Raval (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Joe Carter, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Henry Cooper, Scott Kuggeleijn, Anurag Verma, Ish Sodhi, Joe Walker, Matthew Fisher

Wellington Firebirds:

Finn Allen (wk), Tim Robinson, Michael Bracewell (c), Troy Johnson, James Neesham, Nathan Smith, Jamie Gibson, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
NB 2 3
WF 3 2

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for NB vs WF

Northern Brave are in fantastic form and look to be unstoppable at the moment. They’ve won five games in a row. In their last match, they scored 176-7 after being asked to bat first and won by 19 runs.

All-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme, finally found his form with a brilliant 86 off 45 balls. Grandhomme’s performance would please the team because he can take the game away from the lower order.

While Tim Seifert struggles with form, Joe Carter (174 runs at a strike rate of 107) has been fairly consistent. Captain Jeet Raval has yet to get going, which is why the Knights’ batting looks a little shaky.

Thankfully, their bowling has been excellent, with players like Scott Kuggeleijn (8 wickets at an economy of 9.51), Anurag Verma (11 wickets at 7.08), and Joe Walker (8 wickets at 6.86) consistently putting pressure on the opposition.

Ish Sodhi is excellent as usual, and his partnership with left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, who has impressed with a spell of 2-29 from 4 overs in the previous match will be one to watch for.

After losing three consecutive games, the Wellington Firebirds have turned things around, winning three in a row to move into third place in the table.

In their last match, they demonstrated why their batting is so dangerous. They chased down a massive target of 228 against Central Stags, thanks to captain Michael Bracewell’s sensational unbeaten 141 off 65 balls.

Logan van Beek’s cameo of 37 from 18 balls was also significant. Wellington can also rely on Finn Allen (181 runs at a strike rate of 201), Tim Robinson (131 runs at 116), and Troy Johnson (122 runs at 107) However, James Neesham’s poor form is a cause for concern.

Wellington’s bowling attack has relied on Ben Sears (9 wickets at an economy rate of 8.76), Logan van Beek (7 wickets at an economy rate of 8.15), and Hamish Bennett (6 wickets at 8.92).  Leg-spinner Peter Younghusband (5 wickets at 6.55) has also performed admirably.

Two teams in great form should make for an exciting match at Cobham Oval. Considering the depth of both sides’ batting lineups, a high-scoring encounter is on the cards.

The performance of the respective bowling units will ultimately determine the outcome here, and Northern Brave appear to have the more balanced attack, having taken 36 wickets in their last four Super Smash games

Brave limited their opponents to scores of 92, 107, 145/8, and 157/8. Taking this into account, betting on Northern Brave to win five straight games is a viable option.

Total Runs: over 320.5

There is an abundance of runs since the pitch is fresh. Moreover, Wellington Firebirds and Northern Brave possess a strong batting lineup. So we can expect a lot of fireworks given the weather doesn’t play spoilsport.

Recent Form (L to R)

NB: W W W W W

WF: W W W L L

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Northern Brave
Wellington Firebirds

Auckland Aces VS Otago Volts

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 23 AA vs OV: Preview Playing XI & Predictions15 Jan 2022 - 07:10 am

 AA vs OV Preview

Auckland Aces will take on Otago Volts in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at Eden Park, Auckland on January 15, Saturday at 7:10 am IST. The Aces have all to lose as a playoff berth is up for grabs. Meanwhile, the Volts are already out of the playoffs race.

Auckland Aces

  • Auckland Aces desperately need a win to stay alive for the playoffs.
  • Auckland Aces are currently 5th on the table with 3 wins and 3 losses at a net run rate of -0.336
  • The Aces started this year’s campaign on a disastrous note as they lost two consecutive games but came back strongly.

Otago Volts

  • Otago Volts has had an absolutely horrible season so far.
  • They could manage just a single win from 8 games at a net run rate of -1.327.
  • They remain rooted to the bottom of the Super Smash table.

Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportSunny

    Temp27°C

  • VenueEden Park

    Pitch ReportBatting

  • Overall Average161

    1st Innings155

Eden Park, Auckland, Pitch Report

Eden Park in Auckland has an excellent T20 surface. It has something to offer both batters and bowlers. Seamers, particularly, will enjoy bowling on this surface.

The last time a game was played here, the team batting first scored 167/8. The winning score at this venue will be around 175 runs.

Weather Forecast

The weather will be sunny and pleasant as Auckland Aces take on Central Stags in the 22nd match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 27 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 21 km/h and humidity around 50 percent.

AA vs OV Probable Playing XI

Auckland Aces:

George Worker, Glenn Phillips, Sean Solia, Graeme Beghin, Robert ODonnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), Cole Briggs, William Somerville, Lockie Ferguson, Adithya Ashok, Ben Lister

Otago Volts:

Hamish Rutherford (c), JJ Tasman-Jones, Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Llew Johnson, Anaru Kitchen, Beckham Wheeler-Greenall, Max Chu (wk), Angus McKenzie, Jacob Duffy, Matthew Bacon

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
AA 3 2
OV 3 2

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for AA vs OV

Auckland has had an inconsistent season in which they have had some solid wins followed by sloppy performances in the next game.

Their last match was against Canterbury, where they scored 167-8 but lost by 5 wickets. Martin Guptill was a strong presence in an underperforming batting unit, but an injury has exacerbated matters. He is unlikely to feature in this game as well.

The onus is now on George Worker (144 runs at a strike rate of 113) and Glenn Phillips, who is coming off a 53-run performance in the previous game.

Auckland’s bowling is heavily reliant on Lockie Ferguson, who has 10 wickets at an economy of 6.87 so far.

Ben Lister (seven wickets at 6.66) and Adithya Ashok (six wickets at 6.54) are the other two bowlers who have made an impression. This bowling unit does not pose a threat, but they do keep things tight on most occasions.

Except for that stunning win over the Northern Knights earlier in the season, the Otago Volts have nothing to show for their efforts this season.

They have now lost five consecutive games and will need to find something special to turn things around. In their last match, they batted first against Wellington and posted 157-5 on the board.

This season, Otago’s best batters have been captain Hamish Rutherford (198 runs at a strike rate of 133), Nick Kelly (151 runs at 124), and Neil Broom (132 runs at 34).  The batting hasn’t clicked as a unit, and it shows in their performances.

Otago’s bowling attack has been led by Matthew Bacon (6 wickets at an economy rate of 9.17) and Anaru Kitchen (7 wickets at 6.75).

The Volts are without key all-rounder Michael Rippon, who is out with a muscle strain and is expected to return in a few days. Young off-spinner, Beckham Wheeler-Greenall, has performed admirably in his two appearances.

If the Auckland Aces are to move up the Super Smash table, they must make the most of their remaining games, and the Otago Volts provide the ideal opposition for them to do so.

Even without Guptill, the Aces have plenty of bat-power and are up against a team that is at rock bottom in terms of confidence, with their most important batter, Hamish Rutherford, out of form.

Given this, any outcome other than a comfortable Auckland Aces victory would be a significant surprise.

Toss: Bowl First

This season, the chasing team won both games played at this venue. The team winning the toss is hence likely to field first.

Otago Volts first 10 overs total. Innings #1: under 75.5

Otago Volts’ batting unit hasn’t clicked in unison this season. Except for skipper Hamish Rutherford every other batsman have failed make an significant impact. Therefore the batting unit, which will be low on confidence, is unlikely to resist the likes of Ferguson, who will be spitting fire.

Recent Form (L to R)

AA: L W W W L

OV: L L L L L

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Auckland Aces
Otago Volts

Northern Brave VS Central Stags

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 22 NB vs CS: Preview Playing XI & Predictions14 Jan 2022 - 11:10 am

 NB vs CS Preview

Northern Brave will play host to Central Stags in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on January 14, Friday at 11:10 am IST.

Northern Brave

  • Northern Brave have firmly placed themselves to qualify for the playoffs.
  • They are at the No.2 spot on the table with 4 wins and 1 loss in 6 games at a net run rate of +0.655.
  • They defeated Central Stags in their last match and will face them again.

Central Stags

  • Central Stag haves two games in their hand and have to win both to stay alive in the tournament.
  • They had a mixed bag season so far. After winning their first three matches, the Stags have lost their way.
  • They are at the No.4 spot on the table with just 12 points from 8 games at a net run rate of -1.666.

Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportSunny

    Temp22°C

  • VenueBay Oval

    Pitch ReportBowling

  • Overall Average150

    1st Innings155

Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Pitch Report

The pitch at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui is a little slower. Batting isn’t always easy, and the ball has a tendency to stick to the surface. Medium pacers and spinners should have a good game here.

In the last match played at Bay Oval, Canterbury batted first and only managed 107 runs, while the Northern Knights chased down the target in the final ball after losing 9 wickets. Another low-scoring game is on the cards.

Weather Forecast

The sun will be beating down as Northern Brave takes on Central Stags in the 22nd match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 21 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 19 km/h and humidity around 60 percent.

NB vs CS Probable Playing XI

Northern Brave:

Jeet Raval (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Joe Carter, Henry Cooper, Colin de Grandhomme, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Anurag Verma, Joe Walker, Frederick Walker, Matthew Fisher

Central Stags:

Mason Hughes, Ben Smith/ Dane Cleaver, Bayley Wiggins (wk), Ma ara Ave, Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
NB 2 2
CS 2 2

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for NB vs CS

The Northern Brave are on a four-game winning streak. They reached a target of 146 with 6 wickets and 13 balls remaining. Captain Jeet Raval led from the front with an unbeaten 66 off 46 balls, and Joe Carter provided support with 32 off 27 balls. Henry Cooper’s brilliant 12-ball 25* at the end buried the game.

Joe Carter has been the best batsman for the Knights this season, with 142 runs at a strike rate of 105, followed by skipper Raval (103 runs at 135). Colin de Grandhomme hasn’t had much success so far, but the team is hoping for it big game this time.

Meanwhile, Scott Kuggeleijn and Anurag Verma have been their best bowlers, taking 8 wickets (at 10.45) and 9 wickets (at 6.64), respectively. Off-spinner Joe Walker has also been impressive, with 7 wickets at 7.21.

The Central Stags have now lost four games in a row and desperately need to stop their slide. Central Stags will be disappointed after failing to defend a total of 227 against Wellington Firebirds last Saturday, with the reigning champions eventually winning with one ball remaining.

Batter Greg Hay is expected to miss out due to a fractured thumb, but the tournament’s leading run-scorer, Dane Cleaver is expected to return for the Stags after missing out on his team’s loss to the Firebirds due to the birth of his first child.

Batting has never been a headache for the Stags. Every batter has stepped for the team whenever the team was in a spot of bother but the bowling has been a major concern.

Stags are the only team who scored 200+ in two successive matches and have failed to defend it on both occasions. Doug Bracewell (11 wickets at an economy of 7.97) and Seth Rance (13 wickets at 9.76) are the only two bowlers who have been among the wickets.

Fast bowler Blair Tickner has failed to deliver this season and Azaj Patel has not performed to his expectations. He has only picked up 1 wicket in 4 games and gone at an economy of 10.41.

Although the Central Stags have scored over 200 in consecutive Super Smash games, the fact that they went on to lose both of those games speaks volumes about how their bowling has failed to keep their opponents at bay.

This is encouraging news for Northern Brave, who have been largely reliant on their own bowling unit to lay the groundwork for their recent good form.

The Northern Brave will most likely be able to comfortably navigate the Stags’ bowling, as they did the last time the two sides met.

Toss: Bowl First

The team batting second has won 10 of the 13 matches played here. As a result, it will come as no surprise if the team that wins the toss chooses to field first.

Central Stags first 10 overs total. Innings #1: under 67.5

Northern Brave have a fantastic bowling unit. They won a couple of games on the back of some stupendous bowling performances. Plus we can expect the pitch to be on the slower side. Therefore it will be challenging conditions for Stags’ top order who likes to go from the onset.

Recent Form (L to R)

CS: L L L L W

NB: W W W W L

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Northern Brave
Central Stags

Central Stags VS Wellington Firebirds

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 21 CS vs WF: Preview Playing XI & Predictions08 Jan 2022 - 06:10 am

 CS vs WF Preview

Central Stags will play host to Wellington Firebirds in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth on January 8, Saturday at 6:10 am IST. This match is important for both sides, considering whoever wins will consolidate their position in the top 3.

Central Stags

  • Central Stags will be grateful for the New Year’s break, as they had lost their momentum after three straight losses.
  • After starting the tournament with two big wins against Otago Volts and Wellington Firebirds, Central Stags managed to win only one of their next 4 matches.
  • They are at 4th place in the points table with 4 wins and 3 losses at a net run rate of -0.162.

Wellington Firebirds

  • Wellington Firebirds are back in contention with two consecutive wins against Otago Volts.
  • Firebirds performed beyond expectations in their last two matches.
  • They are currently at 3rd place in the points table with 3 wins and 3 losses at a net run rate of -0.064.

Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportCloudy

    Temp22°C

  • VenuePukekura Park

    Pitch ReportBatting

Pukekura Oval, New Plymouth, Pitch Report

The pitch at New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park has proven to be quite good for batting and has remained true throughout. Seamers get something out of the surface, but batsmen will have a better time on this pitch again.

The last time a game was played at this venue, we saw over 438 runs scored across two innings in just 37.2 overs. So we can expect another high-scoring game.

Weather Forecast

It will be cloudy as Central Stags take on Wellington Firebirds in the 21st match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 22 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 16 km/h and humidity around 63 percent. However, the chances of weather playing a spoilsport is negligible.

CS vs WF Probable Playing XI

Wellington Firebirds

Finn Allen (wk), Tim Robinson, Troy Johnson, Michael Bracewell (c), James Neesham, Nathan Smith, Jakob Bhula, Jamie Gibson, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Hamish Bennett

Central Stags

Ben Smith, Ma’ara Ave, Tom Bruce (c), Jayden Lennox / Mason Hughes, Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner, Bayley Wiggins

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
CS 2 3
WF 3 2

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for CS vs WF

After starting the season with four straight victories, Central Stags appeared to be the team to beat. However, three consecutive losses have thrown a wrench in their plans.

The Stags would like to regroup and begin again. In their most recent match, they did well to post an imposing total of 217 but were defeated by Canterbury by 5 wickets and 16 balls to spare.

To make matters worse, their star batsman Dane Cleaver is out of this match due to personal reasons. The Stags’ wicket-keeper batter who smashed 61 of 32 balls in their last encounter against Kings, is now the leading run-getter in this year’s Super Smash.

In absence of Cleaver, the other two batsmen to keep an eye on are Greg Hay (234 runs at 121) and skipper Tom Bruce (215 runs at 161). Bruce, who is coming off an unbeaten 93 off 39 balls, will be brimming with confidence.

However, bowling is not one of the strong suits for Central Stags. Expect, Doug Bracewell and Seth Rane, all their bowlers have not only failed to pick wickets but leaked runs as well.

Wellington Firebirds, on the other hand, are coming off two comprehensive victories against Otago Volts. In a rain-curtailed match, Firebirds restricted Volts to 157/5. With DLS coming into play, Wellington was set a target of 115 in 15 overs. Fin Allen’s blistering 68 of 32 balls helped them chase the target in 13 overs.

Wellington’s batting needs improvement, as their leading scorer is still Robinson, who has only 113 runs at a strike rate of 122.

Troy Johnson and captain Michael Bracewell must be more consistent now. Lower down the order, all-rounder James Neesham is also expected to contribute significantly.

Wellington’s bowling has also been underwhelming. Ben Sears has taken the most wickets for them this season, with 7 at an economy of 8.77.

Logan van Beek (6 wickets at 7.61) and Hamish Bennett follow him (5 wickets at 8.11). Peter Younghusband, a leg-spinner, has only taken three wickets but has kept things tight by bowling at a 7.07 economy rate.

They’ve all done well, but they’ll need to keep taking wickets against a strong batting unit like the Central Stags.

These two sides head into this contest in contrasting form and if Central Stags are to have any chance here, their bowlers simply must tighten up and maintain their discipline with Wellington Firebirds boasting some serious power at the top of the order.

After a slow start to this season’s tournament, Wellington have started to show the qualities that saw them win this competition last year, so back them to carry on their recent upturn in performances and results by overcoming the Stags in this one.

Toss Winner

In terms of toss, the online odds suggest that either of the two teams can outperform the other. The coin can be flipped in favour of either Central Stags or Wellington Firebirds.

The toss won’t play any crucial role in this match because the pitch remains good for batting through the match.  In the last two matches, winning captains have opted to field first.

Recent Form (L to R)

CS: L L L W W

WF: W W L L L

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Best Odds Available

Central Stags
Wellington Firebirds

Auckland Aces VS Canterbury Kings

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 20 AA vs CK: Preview Playing XI & Predictions07 Jan 2022 - 07:10 am

AA vs CK Preview

Auckland Aces will play host to Canterbury Kings in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland on January 7, Friday at 7:10 am IST. Both the teams are high on confidence after winning their respective matches before the New Year’s break.

Auckland Aces

  • Auckland Aces are gaining serious momentum after winning their last three Super Smash matches.
  • In their last match, they defeated Otago Volts comprehensively
  • They are placed 4th in the points table with 3 wins and 2 losses at a net run rate of -0.167

Canterbury Kings

  • Canterbury Kings, on the other hand, has had a strong showing in the tournament thus far.
  • In their last match, Kings’ chased down 221 runs against Central Districts with 16 balls to spare.
  • They are placed 2nd in the points table with 4 wins and 2 losses at a healthy net run rate of +0.984.

Pick of the Day

Canterbury Kings first 10 overs total. Innings #1: under 73.5
2.40

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Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportCloudy

    Temp19°C

  • VenueEden Park Outer Oval

    Pitch ReportBatting

  • Overall Average160

    1st Innings169

Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland, Pitch Report

The pitch at Eden Park in Auckland is usually good for batting, with some assistance for seam bowlers early on. Spinners can get some help depending on the pitch they throw, as we saw in the previous game here.

The team batting first scored 92 runs in the only match played at Eden Park this season. That was a slow surface, and it is unlikely to happen again.

Weather Forecast

It will be cloudy as Auckland Aces take on Canterbury Kings in the 20th match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 19 degrees celsius with humidity of around 88 percent. The precipitation stands at 7%, so we can expect the game to go on without any interruption.

AA vs CK Probable Playing XI

Auckland Aces:

George Worker, Martin Guptill, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Robert ODonnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), Sean Solia, William Somerville, Lockie Ferguson, Adithya Ashok, Ben Lister

Canterbury Kings:

Chad Bowes, Ken McClure, Leo Carter, Cole McConchie (c), Cam Fletcher (wk), Mitchell Hay, Henry Shipley, Todd Astle, Will Williams, Blake Coburn, Ed Nuttall

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
AA 3 2
CK 2 3

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for AA vs CK

The Auckland Aces are on a three-match winning streak. They defeated Otago Volts in their previous match. Auckland reached the target of 130 in 17.2 overs with 8 wickets in hand while chasing a target of 130.

The win saw another New Zealand international, Glenn Phillips, return to the Aces lineup, making them an even more dangerous unit going forward, with his dynamic fielding and power hitting a huge asset.

George Worker (53* off 45 balls) and Mark Chapman (55 off 42 balls) were both in charge of getting the team home comfortably. This performance will boost Auckland’s confidence, as their batting was not in top form.

Apart from Martin Guptill, the rest of the lineup has yet to get going. Hopefully, after this performance, skipper Robert O’Donnell will get going as well.

Auckland’s bowling is much better and does not allow easy runs. Lockie Ferguson, whose last-match spell of 4-19 from 4 overs annihilated Otago, has been the leader of the pack.

Apart from taking wickets, he’s also been frugal, bowling at a rate of 6.16 this season. Adithya Ashok (8 wickets at 6.30) and Ben Lister (6 wickets at 5.83) have also been consistent.

Canterbury Kings are deserving of their second place in the table this season. Canterbury had chased down a massive target of 218 with 16 balls and 5 wickets to spare. It was an outstanding performance that demonstrated the team’s batting prowess.

The main contributors to that win were Leo Carter (56 off 35 balls), Cam Fletcher (48* off 21 balls), and Henry Shipley (39* off 11 balls).

Chad Bowes, their leading run-scorer this season with 157 runs at a strike rate of 145, will be expected to make an impact in this game. Given his recent hitting performance, the team may also consider moving Shipley up the order.

Canterbury’s bowling attack has been led by Ed Nuttall (11 wickets at 9.29) and Matt Henry (10 wickets at 5.90). Unfortunately, Henry will be unavailable for the next few games due to national duty, which is a major setback for Kings.

Todd Astle (7 wickets at 5.30) has also performed admirably, and Will Williams showed promise in the previous game.

Although Canterbury Kings have a weak bowling lineup compared to Auckland Aces, their batting prowess has compensated for that. The same can be expected in this match as well. Canterbury Kings are the clear favourites unless the likes of Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips take the game away from the opposition.

Canterbury Kings first 10 overs total. Innings #1: under 73.5

Although Canterbury Kings have a strong batting unit, they will be put to test against Lockie Ferguson and Co. Plus, given the conditions are cloudy, the ball will move around in the first 4-6 overs. Therefore we are not expecting the Kings to score freely in the first 10 overs.

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AA: W W W L L

CK: W W L W W

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Wellington Firebirds VS Otago Volts

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 19 WF vs OV: Preview Playing XI & Predictions06 Jan 2022 - 07:10 am

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Wellington Firebirds will play host to Otago Volts in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at Basin Reserve, Wellington on January 6, Thursday at 7:10 am IST. Both the teams are languishing at the bottom half of the table and will have a chance for redemption as the tournament resumes after the New Year’s break.

Wellington Firebirds

  • Defending champions, Wellington Firebirds is having one of their worst campaigns in Super Smash.
  • Wellington is currently ranked fifth in the table, with two wins and three losses in five games and a net run rate of -0.256.
  • The most recent of those victories came against the Otago Volts.

Pick of the Day

Total Runs Tim Robinson. Innings #1: over 18.5
1.87

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Otago Volts

  • Otago Volts’ struggles in T20 cricket this season have landed them at the bottom of the Super Smash table and on the heels of four straight defeats.
  • They have just a single win from 7 games and five losses at a net run rate of -1.049
  • The batting has let them down, with the team failing to reach even 140 in their last three fixtures.

Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportCloudy and Windy

    Temp18°C

  • VenueBasin Reserve

    Pitch ReportBatting

  • Overall Average160

    1st Innings165

Basin Reserve, Wellington, Pitch Report

Basin Reserve’s pitch is a good T20 surface. It’s not a batting paradise and does give the seamers some bounce and movement. Batters, on the other hand, will relish the first few overs when the ball is hard. Central Stags scored 190-4 on this venue, the highest total this season. The team batting first have won 2 out of three games played here so far.

Weather Forecast

It will be cloudy as Wellington Firebirds take on Otago Volts in the 19th match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 18 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 39 km/h and humidity around 72 percent. The precipitation stands at 80%, so we can expect rain to interrupt play and that means DLS will come into play.

WF vs OV Probable Playing XI

Wellington Firebirds

Finn Allen (wk), Logan van Beek, Troy Johnson, Michael Bracewell (c), James Neesham, Nathan Smith, Jamie Gibson, Tim Robinson, Peter Younghusband, Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett

Otago Volts

Hamish Rutherford (c), JJ Tasman-Jones, Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Llew Johnson, Anaru Kitchen, Max Chu (wk), Angus McKenzie, Beckham Wheeler-Greenall, Jacob Duffy, Matthew Bacon

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
WF 5 0
OV 0 5

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for WF vs OV

Wellington’s last game before the break was against Otago, which they easily won by 5 wickets. Wellington chased  167 runs with four balls to spare. The highlights of Wellington’s chase were Tim Robinson’s 65 and Nathan Smith’s unbeaten 38 off 18 balls.

So far, the team’s batting has been inconsistent, with only Robinson showing any sort of consistency. Finn Allen is getting those starts, but he needs that big one.

Skipper Michael Bracewell has struggled, but the addition of all-rounder James Neesham provides some hope for the batting unit.

Wellington’s bowling has improved, with Hamish Bennett (5 wickets at 8.11), Logan van Beek (6 wickets at 7.61), and Ben Sears (7 wickets at 8.77) all performing admirably.

Leg spinner, Peter Younghusband has only three wickets but is very economical at 7.07. James Neesham’s addition to the bowling attack will only benefit the team. The superstar all-rounder finished as Wellington’s top wicket-taker last time around.

Otago has now lost four consecutive games, the most recent of which was against the Auckland Aces at John Davies Oval in Queenstown.

After electing to bat first, they could only manage 129-9, and Auckland chased the target down in 17.1 overs with 8 wickets remaining.

Otago’s batting has been abysmal. With 182 runs at a strike rate of 135.82, captain Hamish Rutherford has led from the front. But the others haven’t been much help to him. Nick Kelly scored a fine 58 off 39 balls in the previous match and will be hoping to maintain that form. Neil Broom (107 runs at a strike rate of 99.07) must step up right now.

Otago’s top bowlers have been Michael Rippon (8 wickets at 8.52), Anaru Kitchen (6 wickets at 6.44), and Matthew Bacon (6 wickets at 8.90). But if you look at their economy rate, all have leaked runs.

Although bowling is not Firebirds’ strongest suit, they can compensate with a strong top order, as evidenced by their last win over Otago on December 28th.

Combine that with an experienced middle-order led by captain Michael Bracewell and Neesham, and Wellington has the tools to outscore the Volts again here, whether they bat first or second.

The Otago camp’s confidence is clearly low, and they are struggling to build any sort of momentum, which is critical in a short form competition. As a result, anything other than a Wellington Firebirds victory would be a surprise.

Total Runs Tim Robinson. Innings #1: over 18.5

Wellington Firebirds’ opener Tim Robinson scored a match-winning 65 of 49 balls the last they faced Otago Volts. In fact, he has been the only consistent performer for the Firebirds and is expected to put on another good show against the same opponents tomorrow.

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Central Stags VS Canterbury Kings

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 18 CS vs CK: Preview Playing XI & Predictions31 Dec 2021 - 07:10 am

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Central Stags will be locking horns with Canterbury Kings in the last match of 2021 at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth on December 31, Friday at 7:10 am IST. Both teams are in the top half of the league standings. It’s a crucial game for them as they will be aiming to finish at the top spot.

Central Stags

  • Central Stags have now lost two consecutive matches on a trot.
  • Stags didn’t stick to their plans in their last match against Northern Brave which has cost them hugely.
  • They are in 3rd place with 3 wins and 3 losses in 6 games at a net run rate of +0.050.

Canterbury Kings

  • Canterbury Kings, on the other hand, had a perfect game against Otago Volts.
  • Canterbury are in 2nd place with 3 wins from 5 games at a net run rate of +0.885.
  • The departures of fast bowler Matt Henry and batter Henry Nicholls have significantly weakened the Kings’ starting lineup, and it remains to be seen how badly this will affect them.

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Total Runs Dane Cleaver. Innings #1: over 22.5
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Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportCloudy

    Temp21°C

  • VenuePukekura Park

    Pitch ReportBowling

  • Overall Average155

    1st Innings150

Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, Pitch Report

The pitch at Pukekura Oval generally offers a good batting surface. But surprisingly this season, bowlers are getting enough assistance from the surface. In the last match played here, Central Stags could only manage 145 runs and anything above 150 will be a challenge for the batters.

Weather Forecast

It will be cloudy as Central Stags take on Canterbury Kings in the 18th match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 21 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 32 km/h and humidity around 67 percent. The cloudy weather will assist the fast bowlers.

CS vs CK Probable Playing XI

Central Stags:

Bayley Wiggins, Greg Hay, Dane Cleaver (wk), Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Christian Leopard, Doug Bracewell, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner

Canterbury Kings:

Chad Bowes, Ken McClure, Mitch Hay, Cole McConchie (c), Cam Fletcher (wk), Leo Carter, Henry Shipley, Todd Astle, Blake Coburn, Ed Nuttall, Will Williams

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
CS 3 2
CK 2 3

 

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for CS vs CK

Following a thumping 53-run win over the Otago Volts, the Central Stags have lost two games in a row, falling by four wickets to the Auckland Aces and six wickets to the Northern Knights.

After batting first on a good wicket, the Stags only managed 145-8, and the opposition chased it down with 6 wickets and 13 balls to spare.

The only notable batting performances for the Stags came from Dane Cleaver (65 off 42 balls). Cleaver is now the season’s leading run-getter with 282 runs, followed by Greg Hay with 208 runs. All they need now is for captain Tom Bruce to step up and make an impact.

Their bowling is quite sorted. Seth Rance, despite being expensive in the last two matches, is the joint second-highest wicket-taker this season at 10 wickets.

Blair Tickner, who took 3-40 against Auckland and followed it up with a spell of 1-23 from 4 overs in the previous match, has also been impressive. Joey Field, the team’s medium-pacer, getting his touch in the last match is also a good sign.

However, Ajaz Patel failed to take a wicket and bowled at an economy rate of more than 12 runs per over, capping off a difficult week for the 33-year-old, who was not named to New Zealand’s recently announced Test squad, and he’ll be desperate to put in a much better performance this time around.

After a 36-run victory over Otago in their previous match, Canterbury Kings will be riding high on confidence. Canterbury batted first and put on 173-6 before being stopped by Otago at 137-8.

The team’s top-order performed admirably, with Chad Bowes (50 off 32 balls), Ken McClure (34 off 27 balls), and Henry Nicholls (49* off 37 balls) scoring the majority of the runs.

Skipper Cole McConchie, who smashed 84 off 54 balls against Central Stags earlier this season, could be the man to watch.

Canterbury’s bowling unit has looked in good shape. with Ed Nuttall and Matt Henry leading the way with 11 and 10 wickets respectively. But with the departure of Henry, their bowling will look weak on paper.

Todd Astle’s leg-spin has been very effective, and Henry Shipley does an excellent job of keeping things tight.

A close match appears to be on the cards between two teams that have played fairly well recently.

However, it cannot be overstated how important the loss of both Henry and Nicholls will be for the Kings, with Henry having been in excellent form and Nicholls coming off a 49-run innings against the Volts last time out.

As a result, the smart bet in this one is to back Central Stags to capitalise and edge out Canterbury.

Total Runs Dane Cleaver. Innings #1: Over 22.5

Dane Cleaver is the mainstay for Central Stags. He is currently going through a superb run of form. Cleaver who is the highest run-scorer in the tournament has registered scores of 65(42), 42(27), 45(32) in his last three outings. He is expected to have another good game against the Kings.

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Central Stags VS Northern Brave

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 17 CS vs NB: Preview Playing XI & Predictions30 Dec 2021 - 07:10 am

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Central Stags will be locking horns with Northern Brave in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth on December 30, Thursday at 7:10 am IST.

Central Stags

  • Central Stags has had a roller coaster ride in this tournament.
  • They won three of their five matches and currently sit third in the standings at a net run rate of +0.262
  • They will be disappointed after losing their previous match to the Auckland Aces by a small margin in the final over.

Northern Brave

  • The Northern Knights are currently sitting at the top of the table.
  • They are in a commendable position, having won three consecutive games.
  • They have three wins in five games, at a net run rate of +0.577.

Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportCloudy

    Temp21°C

  • VenuePukekura Park

    Pitch ReportBatting

  • Overall Average182

    1st Innings175

Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, Pitch Report

The pitch at Pukekura oval is a batting paradise. The surface holds up well, and bowlers are likely to struggle. Scores of 180 or more are easily achievable here, and the team who wins the toss should bowl first.

At Pukekura Park, the average score when batting first is 182. Otago Volts have the highest total here with a whopping 249-3. Totals of more than 190 have been scored here 9 times. In this match, the team batting first will have to set a target of around 190-200 runs.

Weather Forecast

It will be cloudy as Central Stags take on Northern Brave in the 17th match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 21 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 32 km/h and humidity around 67 percent. The cloudy weather will assist the fast bowlers.

CS vs NB Probable Playing XI

Central Stags:

Greg Hay, Bayley Wiggins, Dane Cleaver (wk), Christian Leopard, Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Ben Smith, Blair Tickner, Seth Rance, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel

Northern Brave:

Katene Clarke, Tim Seifert (wk), Jeet Raval (c), Joe Carter, Brett Hampton, Henry Cooper, Scott Kuggeleijn, Anurag Verma, Ish Sodhi, Zak Gibson, Joe Walker

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
CS 3 2
NB 2 3

 

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for CS vs NB

After a convincing 53 run win against Otago Volts, Central Stags lost their previous match against Auckland Aces. Stags posted 168/5 after batting first on a good wicket and the opposition chased it down with one ball to spare.

For the Stags, the only notable batting performances came from Greg Hay (57 off 45 balls) and Dane Cleaver (42 off 27 balls). Cleaver is now the season’s leading run-getter with 217 runs, followed by Hay with 202 runs.

Opener Bayley Wiggins has also looked good. All they need now is for captain Tom Bruce and Josh Clarkson to start scoring on a regular basis.

Their bowling is quite good. Despite giving up 43 runs in his four overs in the previous game, Seth Rance has been among the wickets and is the joint second-highest wicket-taker this season with ten.

Blair Tickner, who took 3-40 in the previous match, has also been effective, and the addition of left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel has strengthened their bowling unit.

The Northern Knights have been involved in a couple of low-scoring games, and it’s their renowned bowling unit that has taken them out of a jail.

The Brave won a last-ball thriller in their previous match against Canterbury Kings. They have a strong top three in Katene Clarke, Tim Seifert, and Jeet Raval, but they have struggled in recent matches. In this match, they will also be looking for big runs from hard-hitting all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme.

Trent Boult, Anurag Verma, and Scott Kuggeleijn have led the Knights’ bowling attack so far, picking up wickets and keeping the opposition batsmen at bay.

Ish Sodhi and Joe Walker, who took 5 wickets between them in the previous game, have been a fantastic spin duo. This bowling lineup is by far the best this season and will present a challenge to the Central Stags.

Northern Brave will be weakened by the absence of Boult, as well as his experience in the field, but they have already proven themselves to be an all-around strong outfit, and Tom Bruce’s side will face a tough test here.

However, the Central Stags’ batting appears to be their stronger suit, and on what is expected to be a good batting surface against the Brave, it would not be surprising if the Stags fire with the willow in this match.

With that in mind, backing the Stags to pull off a surprise victory could be a wise bet.

Total Runs In The Match: Over 332.5

The pitch is excellent f0r the batting and coupled with that both the teams have an explosive batting unit. So we are in for a run feast.

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Schedule & odds

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    Northern Brave

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    1.66NB

    2.14WF