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

Otago Volts VS Auckland Aces

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 16 OV vs AA: Preview Playing XI & Predictions29 Dec 2021 - 07:10 am

OV vs AA Preview

Otago Volts will be locking horns with Wellington Firebirds in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at John Davies Oval, Queenstown on December 29, Wednesday at 7:10 am IST.

Otago Volts

  • Otago Volts have now lost three consecutive games in a row.
  • They have just 1 win from 6 games at a poor net run rate of -1.392, the worst among all teams in Super Smash 2021-22.
  • They desperately need a win to get the campaign back on track.

Auckland Aces

  • After two consecutive losses, Auckland Aces are back to winning ways.
  • They are coming fresh after defeating Central Stags by 4 wickets on December 27, Monday.
  • They are placed at 4th position with 2 wins and 2 losses and a net run rate of -0.493.

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Auckland Aces first 10 overs total. Innings #1: under 74.5
2.38

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Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportCloudy

    Temp17°C

  • VenueJohn Davies Oval

    Pitch ReportBatting

John Davies Oval, Queenstown, Pitch Report

The pitch at John Davies Oval is excellent for batting and remains even throughout the game, as demonstrated in the previous match.

Batters will have a good time here, but seam bowlers and spinners will benefit from some assistance during the middle overs.

In the last match played here, Otago, batting 1st scored 166/7 and Wellington Firebirds chased it with ease.

Weather Forecast

It will be cloudy as Otago Volts take on Auckland Aces in the 16th match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 18 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 8 km/h and humidity around 58 percent. The presence of clouds will help the fast bowlers to aid some swing early on.

OV vs AA Probable Playing XI

Otago Volts

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

Auckland Aces

George Worker, Martin Guptill, Mark Chapman, Cole Briggs, Robert ODonnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), Sean Solia, Lockie Ferguson, Louis Delport, Adithya Ashok, Ben Lister

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
OV 2 3
AA 3 2

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for OV vs AA

Otago’s top and middle-order collapsed once more in their last match against Wellington Firebirds, and it was only Anaru Kitchen’s valiant 54 off 34 balls that kept them in the game. Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, and Llew Johnson have all been let down.

Captain Hamish Rutherford, who hit a fluent 62 off 48 balls in the match against Canterbury, will have to deliver here.

Otago’s bowling has also been subpar. Their strike bowler Jacob Duffy conceded 50 runs in the match against Wellington.

Matthew Bacon has also leaked too many runs in the last two games. They should give more overs to Angus McKenzie, who can keep things tight.

The Auckland Aces have got their season back on track after two consecutive wins – by 13 runs against the Wellington Firebirds and by four wickets against the Central Stags. Martin Guptill returned to form with a brilliant unbeaten 79 off 58 balls in the match against Stags.

He is the team’s batting mainstay and must maintain his form because the rest of the batting lineup has been inconsistent.

George Worker has been out of sorts, and Mark Chapman, who had a fifty in the previous game, fell short this time. Captain Robert O’Donnell looked good for his 34 off 26 balls, and perhaps it’s time he moved up the order a little.

Auckland’s bowling revolves primarily around Lockie Ferguson, Ben Lister, and Adithya Ashok, who have all appeared to be in good rhythm.

Ferguson registered 2-24 in the match against Central Stags and will be the key bowler again here. Louis Delport, the left-arm spinner, was expensive in the previous game (2-51 off 4 overs), but he’s also an important part of this lineup.

Auckland is heavily reliant on Martin Guptill, and if he comes through again, they will have the upper hand. Otago has been inconsistent, but it still feels like they are one win away from getting back the momentum. Unless Guptill takes it away from them, they should be able to win this match.

Auckland Aces first 10 overs total. Innings #1: under 74.5

There is no dearth of firepower in Auckland aces top order. But they are heavily dependent on Guptill. Chapman and Worker can also so score at a quick rate but they also have been erratic. Therefore if the Volts can take out the swashbuckling opener early in the innings, Auckland batting will be under immense pressure.

Recent Form (L to R)

OV: L L L W NR

AA: W W L L W

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Otago Volts VS Wellington Firebirds

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 15 OV vs WF: Preview Playing XI & Predictions28 Dec 2021 - 07:10 am

OV vs WF Preview

Otago Volts will be locking horns with Wellington Firebirds in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at John Davies Oval, Queenstown on December 28, Tuesday at 7:10 am IST.

Otago Volts

  • Otago Volts have suffered two heavy defeats in their last two matches.
  • They have only one win in five games, and a net run rate of -1.139, the worst among all teams in this year’s Super Smash
  • They are placed at 5th position with six points.

Pick of the Day

Otago Volts first 10 overs total. Innings #1: under 72.5
2.44

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Wellington Firebirds

  • Defending champions, Wellington Firebirds haven’t had the season they would have hoped for so far.
  • They have suffered three consecutive losses and have to get things right before the season slips out of their hands.
  • They are placed at the bottom of the points table with 4 points and a net run rate of -0.436

Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportCloudy

    Temp17°C

  • VenueJohn Davies Oval

    Pitch ReportBatting

John Davies Oval, Queenstown, Pitch Report

This will be the first T20 match ever held at Queenstown’s John Davies Oval. In the few ODIs played on the venue, it’s been seen that it’s an even surface that does tend to slow down a little. It will be intriguing to see The type of surface we receive for this match.

Weather Forecast

It will be cloudy as Canterbury Kings take on Otago Volts in the 15th match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 17 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 10 km/h and humidity around 61 percent. The presence of clouds will help the fast bowlers to aid some swing early on.

OV vs WF Probable Playing XI

Otago Volts

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

Wellington Firebirds

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

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
OV 0 5
WF 5 0

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for OV vs WF

Otago Volts have lost two consecutive games by big margins, by 53 runs to Central Stags and 36 runs to Canterbury Kings.

In their last recent match, Volts were chasing a 174-run target against Canterbury and could only muster 137-8. Except for skipper Hamish Rutherford (62 off 48 balls), none of Otago’s other batters were able to make an impact.

Much was expected of Neil Broom and Nick Kelly, but they have yet to deliver. Perhaps moving Anaru Kitchen up the food chain will provide them with the necessary boost.

Otago’s main bowlers have also looked a little rusty in recent games. Jacob Duffy and Matthew Bacon are leaking runs at will. On the positive side though, Kitchen keeps things steady, and Angus McKenzie impressed with his 2-28 from 4 overs in the previous match. He will most likely be given more time in their bowling unit now.

Wellington Firebirds have now lost three games in a row and desperately need a win to get their season back on track. In their last match, the Firebirds were chasing a small target of 135 against Auckland Aces but only managed to score 121-8.

It was another poor batting performance, with only skipper Michael Bracewell scoring a respectable 58 off 46 balls. This season, their top and middle orders have consistently failed.

The openers, particularly Finn Allen and Tim Robinson, have struggled in recent matches. Troy Johnson looked good earlier in the season when he smashed a 54 against Central Stags, but he hasn’t been able to replicate that form since. Perhaps this will be the game where he reclaims his nick. However, the batting will get much stability with the return of star Kiwi all-rounder James Neesham.

Wellington’s bowling has improved. So far, Hamish Bennett, Logan van Beek, and Ben Sears have done an excellent job. Sears’ spell of 3-22 off 4 overs aided the team in limiting Auckland to a low score. Leg-spinner Peter Younghusband has also done a good job of keeping things tight in the middle overs.

History is in favour of the Firebirds. But, given their poor performance this season, will they be able to extend their winning streak in this game as well?

They can certainly do so if their batting unit can find their form. Otago has looked off-color in their last two games, and one feels Wellington can finally get back to winning ways.

Otago Volts first 10 overs total. Innings #1: under 72.5

Apart from Hamish Rutherford, none of the Volts’ batters have shown any promise. The top-order is likely to fail again against a quality attack. Ben Sears did most of the damage upfront against Auckland Aces. He is again expected to make early inroads. The likes of Hamish Bennett and Logan Van Beek are also in good rhythm. Hence, it is more likely that Volts will score less than 72 runs in the first 10 overs of their batting innings.

Recent Form (L to R)

OV: L L W NR L

WF: L L L W W

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Canterbury Kings VS Otago Volts

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 13 CK vs OV: Preview Playing XI & Predictions26 Dec 2021 - 10:10 am

CK vs OV Preview

Canterbury Kings will be locking horns with Otago Volts in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch on December 26, Thursday at 10:10 am IST.

Canterbury Kings

  • Canterbury Kings lost a close game against Northern Brave in their recent encounter.
  • However, that didn’t affect their net run rate.
  • Kings are at 3rd place with 2 wins and 2 losses.

Otago Volts

  • Otago Volts, on the other hand, have yet to live up to their expectations in this tournament. They have managed to win only one game so far.
  • They were defeated by the Central Stags by 53 runs in the last game, their third loss in the competition.
  • They are placed at the 4th spot in the standings with 6 points.

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Otago Volts first 6 overs total. Innings #1: under 40.5
2.74

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Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportPartly Cloudy

    Temp23°C

  • VenueHagley Oval

    Pitch ReportBatting

  • Overall Average150

    1st Innings160

Hagley Oval, Christchurch, Pitch Report

The pitch at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval is a decent one that will likely slow down a little in the second half. So far in this competition, Hagley Oval has held two matches, both of which were won by the team batting first. Batting first is a solid alternative because chasing becomes really difficult as the ball starts to grip the surface.

Weather Forecast

It will be partly cloudy as Canterbury Kings take on Otago Volts in the 12th match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 24 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 18 km/h and humidity around 52 percent. However, the chances of rain playing spoilsport are negligible.

CK vs OV Probable Playing XI

Canterbury Kings:

Chad Bowes, Ken McClure, Henry Nicholls, Leo Carter, Cole McConchie (c), Cam Fletcher (wk), Matt Henry, Henry Shipley, Todd Astle, Blake Coburn, Ed Nuttall

Otago Volts:

Hamish Rutherford (c), Nick Kelly, Jacob Duffy, Jake Gibson, Michael Rippon, Dale Phillips, Matthew Bacon, Max Chu (wk), Neil Broom, Anaru Kitchen, Llew Johnson

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
CK 4 1
OV 1 4

 

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for CK vs OV

Canterbury Kings came close to a sensational win against Northern Knights in their recent match. Canterbury batted first in the low-scoring match and was bowled out for just 107 on a sluggish track.

Their batters struggled, with only Henry Nicholls (35 off 21 balls) posting a respectable score. Their bowlers, on the other hand, did an excellent job and did not allow any easy runs.

The highlight of the contest was Matt Henry’s 1-8 from 4 overs. Todd Astle (1-8 from 4 overs) and Blake Coburn (2-16 from 4 overs) also contributed greatly.

Their main concern will be the erratic form of the top order. Except for Chad Bowes and skipper Colin Cole McConchie, no other batter has made any significant contribution. Ken McClure and Leo Carter need to really step up their game.

Otago Volts on the other hand are coming off a humiliating 53-run loss to the Central Stags, which ruined their net run rate. After winning the toss, Otago sent in the Stags, who hammered them for 180-4. In response, the Volts were dismissed for 127 in 16.5 overs. Llew Johnson’s 38 was the highest score in a poor batting display.

The top order completely failed to get going. The paucity of runs from openers Hamish Rutherford and Dale Phillips is causing concern for Otago. Neil Broom had looked impressive in the encounter against the Northern Knights, scoring 62 runs off 53 balls. He could be the one to keep an eye on once more.

The Kings’ batting unit is anticipated to come out hot in this one, looking to prove a point against an Otago Volts bowling outfit that has already given two scores of 180 or more this season. With that in mind, Canterbury Kings should be able to win this match if their bowling will click in unison.

Otago Volts first 6 overs total. Innings #1: under 40.5

The pitch at Hagley Oval isn’t one where batters can score freely. On top of that, Otago Volts’ top order will be under immense pressure having failed to make any significant contribution. Therefore it is more likely Otago batters will score 40.5 in the powerplay.

Recent Form (L to R)

CK: L W W L W

OV: L W L L L

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Wellington Firebirds VS Auckland Aces

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 12 WF vs AA: Preview Playing XI & Predictions24 Dec 2021 - 07:10 am

WF vs AA Preview

Wellington Firebirds will be locking horns with Auckland Aces in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on December 24, Friday at 7:10 am IST.

Wellington Firebirds

  • Defending champions, Wellington Firebirds are coming off back to back loses
  • After winning their opening match against Canterbury Kings, the Firebirds lost against Central Districts and suffered a heavy defeat against Kings in their last match.
  • They are at the fifth spot in the points table with a net run rate of -0.396.

Auckland Aces

  • Auckland Aces, on the other hand, had a dismal start to their Super Smash campaign.
  • They played against Northern Brave two times and lost on both occasions.
  • They are languishing at the sixth spot in the points table with a net run rate of -1.454.

Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportHumid

    Temp21°C

  • VenueBasin Reserve

    Pitch ReportBatting

  • Overall Average160

    1st Innings165

Basin Reserve, Wellington, Pitch Report

Basin Reserve has a well-balanced pitch. The new ball bowlers will have a little more zip off the surface, and we may see some lateral movement. Expect the playing surface to remain true throughout the encounter.

The team batting first scored precisely 151 runs in the previous match here. There have been ten occasions where scores between 150 and 169 have been achieved.

Weather Forecast

It will be humid as Wellington Firebirds take on Canterbury Kings in the 11th match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 21 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 21 km/h and humidity around 80 percent.

WF vs AA Probable Playing XI

Wellington Firebirds:

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

Auckland Aces:

Martin Guptill, George Worker, Mark Chapman, Robert ODonnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), Sean Solia, Cole Briggs, Louis Delport, Lockie Ferguson, Adithya Ashok, Ben Lister

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
WF 4 1
AA 1 4

 

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for WF vs AA

In the last two matches, Wellington’s batting performance has been poor. With the exception of Troy Johnson, none of the others have made an impression. Finn Allen, Luke Georgeson, Nathan Smith, and captain Michael Bracewell all need to step up their game. Plus, their batting is not at full strength with star batter Devon Conway out due to injury.

Their bowling has improved slightly, but it has not been enough. The opening strike bowlers, Hamish Bennett and Nathan Smith, haven’t been as effective. Logan van Beek remains their most dependable bowler, but he will need help from Ben Sears and Peter Younghusband.

Auckland Aces were bowled out for a paltry 92 in their last match against Northern Brave. Fast bowler, Lockie Ferguson’s 26 runs was the highest score for Aces in the game.

Auckland’s batting unit is overly dependent on Martin Guptill. If he doesn’t work, the others appear to be in jeopardy.

They have quality in George Worker, Mark Chapman, Cole Briggs, and captain Robert O’Donnell, but they need to start contributing right away.

Lockie Ferguson will lead the bowling unit for the Aces. Ben Lister, Adithya Ashok, and Louis Delport have also performed admirably. However, they do need someone who can take wickets regularly. Perhaps an inspired bowling performance from Ferguson will bring about the transformation they desperately need.

Both camps are anticipated to be low on confidence, but for Aces in particular who had a horrible star. They have been bowled out in their last two matches. However, the Firebirds haven’t fared well either but they have the depth and firepower in the batting lineup. With that in mind, the Wellington Firebirds are the team to beat.

Auckland Aces first 10 overs total. Innings #1 under 70.5

With the pitch offering lateral movement especially with the new ball, we can expect Wellington Firebirds bowlers like Hamish Benett to exploit the conditions and make early inroads. Moreover, the team is heavily dependent on Martin Guptill, so if he is removed early on, the incoming batters with no form under their belt will be under immense pressure. Therefore, it is more likely that Auckland batters will score less than 70 runs in the first ten overs.

Recent Form (L to R)

WF: L L W W W

AA:  L L L W L

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Northern Brave VS Canterbury Kings

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 11 NB vs CK: Preview Playing XI & Predictions23 Dec 2021 - 11:10 am

NB vs CK Preview

Northern Brave will be locking horns with Canterbury Kings in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at the Bay Oval Mount, Mount Maunganui in Tauranga on December 23, Thursday at 11:10 am IST.

Northern Brave

  • Northern Brave appear to be finding their stride with the bat and the ball, and they’re looking good.
  • They are coming into this match on the back of two consecutive wins.
  • They are currently 2nd on the table with 2 wins in 4 matches at a net run rate of + 0.822.

Canterbury Kings

  • Canterbury Kings, like Northern Brave, come into this match on the back of two victories in a row.
  • Their bowling is on fire while someone from the batting department has always stepped up in every game.
  • They are in 3rd place with 2 wins in just 3 matches at a net run rate of +0.928.

Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportPartly Cloudy

    Temp23°C

  • VenueBay Oval Mount Maunganui

    Pitch ReportBatting

  • Overall Average170

    1st Innings162

Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Pitch Report

The pitch at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, offers something for both batters and bowlers. Batting will not be easy here, as seamers should have plenty of bounce and movement to begin with. Slower bowlers can have an impact as well.

Weather Forecast

It will be partly cloudy as Northern Brave take on Canterbury Kings in the 11th match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 23 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 14 km/h and humidity around 57 percent. However, the chances of rain playing spoilsport are negligible.

NB vs CK Probable Playing XI

Northern Brave:

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

Canterbury Kings:

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

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Teams Won Lost
NB 3 2
CK 2 3

 

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for NB vs CK

Northern Knights have finally got their campaign going. They produced an almost perfect game against Auckland Aces on Monday, December 20 where they bowled out the opponents for just 92.

Opener Tim Siefert will be oozing confidence after grinding out 38 runs of 42 balls on a tough pitch. His return to form provides much-needed stability to the batting order which includes the likes of Katene Clarke,  Jeet Raval, Joe Carter, and Colin de Grandhomme.

Anurag Verma (3-14) and Frederick Walker (3-10) were the wreckers-in-chief for the Knights bowling team in that encounter. Leggie, Ish Sodhi, also demonstrated why he is such a vital asset in current form, bowling 2-5 in 4 overs. With Sodhi in such fine form, and others chipping in, the Brave now have one of the best bowling units in the league.

Canterbury has made a strong turnaround after losing their first game to Wellington, winning two games in a row against Central Stags and Wellington. Canterbury’s previous match against Wellington saw them restrict the opposition to 151-9 before chasing the total in just 16.3 overs with 6 wickets in hand.

Opener Chad Bowes set the tone for the chase with a brilliant 62 off 41 balls. However, it was Cam Fletcher who stole the show with an undefeated 52 off 28 balls to end the pursuit. Captain Cole McConchie has also been in excellent form.

Canterbury’s bowlers have also been in excellent form, with Matt Henry and Ed Nuttall taking regular wickets. In fact, in the last two games, the two opening bowlers have taken 6 and 4 wickets respectively.

Leg spinner, Todd Astle has also been very impressive and kept things tight. He has delivered match figures of 13-2 (4 overs) and 19-1 (4 overs) in his last two appearances. His bowling will be vital once more in the middle phase.

This is set to be a duel between the Brave’s excellent bowling attack, which has taken 20 wickets in their last two Super Smash matches, and the Kings’ heavy batting firepower. However, the toss also will play an important factor if DLS comes into play. With that in mind, backing Northern Brave is certainly worth considering, especially if they win the toss.

Total runs: Under 317.5

As reiterated earlier, both teams have a good bowling attack, therefore scoring freely on this venue won’t be a cakewalk. Therefore it is expected that both the teams won’t cross the 160 run mark across the two innings.

Recent Form (L to R)

NB:  W W L NR W

CK:    W W L W L

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Auckland Aces VS Northern Brave

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 10 AA vs NB: Preview Playing XI & Predictions20 Dec 2021 - 06:10 am

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Auckland Aces will be locking horns with Northern Brave in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22 at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland on December 20, Monday at 06:10 am IST. 

Auckland Aces

  • Auckland Aces started off on a poor note in the 20-over competition.
  • The team faced defeat at the hands of Northern Brave in their first game by four wickets.
  • Batters let the team down in the first match as they could score only 165 runs in their allotted 20 overs. 

Northern Brave

  • Northern Brave also need to be more consistent to make a mark in the Super Smash 2021-22.
  • Brave have won and lost one game each. Their first game against Otago Volts was washed out due to rain. 
  • The team’s only victory in the competition came against Auckland Aces courtesy of Joe Carter. 

Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportMostly Sunny

    Temp22°C

  • VenueEden Park Outer Oval

    Pitch ReportBatting

  • Overall Average187

    1st Innings186

Eden Park Outer Oval, Pitch Report

The pitch report of the Eden Park Outer Oval has brought a piece of good news for the batters from both sides, Auckland Aces and Northern Brave. The surface is appropriate for the players to entertain the viewers with some beautiful shots and take their team towards a big total. 

Weather Forecast

It will be sunny as Northern Brave take on Auckland Aces in the 10th match of the 2021-22 edition of the Ashes 2021-22. The temperature will hover around 22 degrees celsius with a wind speed of 14 km/h and humidity around 66 percent. 

AA vs NB Probable Playing XI

Auckland Aces: 

Martin Guptill, George Worker, Mark Chapman, Robert O’Donnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), Louis Delport, Lockie Ferguson, Adithya Ashok, Benjamin Lister, Sean Solia, Cole Briggs

Northern Brave: 

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

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
AA   1   4
NB   4   1

 

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for AA vs NB

Auckland Aces kickstarted their campaign in the 2021-22 edition of the Super Smash with an encounter against Northern Brave. The match didn’t go as per the plan for the Aces as they had to bear a loss by four wickets.

The match saw Auckland batting first and producing an ordinary performance in the first innings. The team ended up with 165 runs in their allotted ten overs. The opening batter Martin Guptill was the only one to show some intent.

Chasing the total, Northern Brave secured a victory in 17.5 overs only. For Brave, it was middle-order batter Jor Clarke who smashed the most runs. Clarke emerged as the hero by hammering 75 runs off just 53 balls at a strike rate of 141.51. 

The victory is the only win for the Northern Brave in the competition so far. Brave’s first game was canceled as rain played the spoilsport. In their second match, they ended up on the losing side against Otago after failing to defend 146 runs. 

Though Brave will be confident after defeating Aces in their last match, they are likely to lose the Monday match. The odds are in the favor of Auckland Aces to win the fixture and climb up the points table. 

Toss Winner

The odds suggest that any of the two teams can enjoy the luck with the toss on Monday. Both the skipper have an equal chance of winning the toss and thus you can bet any of the two teams as per your liking. 

Recent Form (L to R)

AA: L L W L W

NB: W L NR W W

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Auckland Aces
Northern Brave

Wellington Firebirds VS Canterbury Kings

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 9 WF vs CK: Preview Playing XI & Predictions19 Dec 2021 - 06:10 am

WF vs CK Preview

Wellington Firebirds will be locking horns with Canterbury Kings in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The match will be played at Basin Reserve, Wellington on December 19, Sunday at 6:10 AM IST.

Wellington Firebirds

  • Wellington Firebirds started the new season with a thumping 27-run win against Canterbury Kings
  • But went down fighting in their next match against Central Stags.
  • They are currently placed at 4th with 1 win and 1 loss.
  • The defending champions were on a roll last season. They lost only 1 match in the entire tournament.

Canterbury Kings

  • Canterbury Kings have had similar fortunes in this year’s Super Smash so far.
  • Kings lost their opening game against Wellington and bounced back emphatically against Central Stags.
  • They have an equal number of points as Wellington but are placed in third due to superior run rate.
  •  They will be high on confidence after outplaying title contenders, Central Stags in every department.

Basin Reserve, Wellington, Pitch Report

The pitch at Basin Reserve in Wellington has a history of being excellent for batting, with some early help for seam bowlers. Bowlers, on the other hand, would have to choose their variations carefully or risk being penalized.

In the most recent encounter between Central Stags and Wellington at Basin Reserve, the Stags scored 190-4 after batting first, while Wellington scored 176-7. This game is likely to be another high-scoring affair.

Weather Forecast

The weather at Wellington on the day of the match will be windy but pleasant. The winds will assist the seam bowlers early on.  The temperature will hover around 21 degrees celsius with humidity and wind speed at 67% percent and 34 km/h.

WF vs CK Probable Playing XI

Wellington Firebirds:

Finn Allen (wk), Luke Georgeson, Nick Greenwood, Troy Johnson, Nathan Smith, Tim Robinson, Jamie Gibson, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett (c)

Canterbury Kings:

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

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Team Won Lost
WF 3 2
CK 3 2

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for WF vs CK

The Wellington Firebirds began the new season with a 27-run victory over Canterbury. However, they were defeated by Central Stags in their following game at home. The Firebirds managed to get to 176-7 while chasing a 191-run total. That loss was the result of the failure of the top order.

Only Troy Johnson (54 points on 46 balls) and Logan van Beek (61 points on 33 balls) kept them in the game. They wouldn’t be concerned, though. Finn Allen, Luke Georgeson, and Nick Greenwood have all shown that they can deliver at any time. Furthermore, the fact that their lower order is already hitting well bodes well for them.

Wellington’s main bowler, Hamish Bennett, will be counted on to perform once more. So far, he’s appeared in good form, taking three wickets in two matches. Logan van Beek has also proven to be dependable, while leg-spinner Peter Younghusband has been cost-effective.

Although Canterbury Kings won their last match against Central Stags, they have a lot to ponder about. Canterbury’s batters have recorded a top individual score of just 31 after two games if you disregard McConchie’s knock of 84. The biggest problem for Canterbury is that their openers Chad Bowes and Ken McClure have failed to get going.

This is likely to prove the defining factor in this encounter and with home advantage in Wellington Firebirds’ favour, Victory for them for a second time over Canterbury Kings appears to be on the cards.

Wellington Firebirds first 6 overs total. Innings #1 Over 51.5

We are predicting Wellington to score over 51 runs in the first 6 overs of their batting innings. Fin Allen will once look to provide a fast start, while Luke Georgeson and Nick Greenwood are also striking the ball well.

Recent Form (L to R)

WF: L W W W W

CK:  W L W L W

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Canterbury Kings

Central Stags VS Otago Volts

Super Smash 2021-22: Match 8 CS vs OV: Preview Playing XI & Predictions18 Dec 2021 - 07:10 am

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Central Stags will be locking horns with Otago Volts in the upcoming match of the Super Smash 2021-22. The match will be played at Mclean Park, Napier on December 18, Saturday at 7:10 AM IST.

Central Stags

  • Central Stags are sitting at top of the table with eight points from three games.
  • Central Stags won their first two matches quite effortlessly against Otago Volts and Wellington Firebirds.
  • However, they couldn’t keep the winning momentum as they lost to Canterbury Kings by 47 runs.
  • They defeated Otago Volts by 5 wickets in their opening game while chasing a daunting target of 185 runs.

Otago Volts

  • Otago Volts finally bought an end to their seven-game losing streak in Super Smash dating back to last season’s tournament.
  • Otago Volts defeated Northern Brave by 3 wickets in a thriller on Sunday, 12th December.
  • With one win, one loss and a no result Volts are at third spot in the standings with 6 points.
  • They will once again depend on their power-packed batters to deliver.

Playing conditions

  • Weather ReportSunny

    Temp22°C

  • VenueMclean Park

    Pitch ReportBatting

  • Overall Average160

    1st Innings170

Mclean Park, Napier, Pitch Report

This is an excellent batting wicket that remains consistent over the course of the 40-over match. Batters will have a good time, and seamers will go for runs if they can’t find any movement of the surface. Spinners, on the other hand, maybe useful if they balance their variations properly.

Weather Forecast

The weather forecast for the eighth Super Smash match between Central Stags and Otago Volts is good with sunny intervals and light breeze.

The temperature will hover around 22 degrees celsius with humidity and wind speed at 0 percent and 27 km/h. The breeze is likely to aid swing for the fast bowlers.

CS vs OV Probable Playing XI

Central Stags: 

Greg Hay, Bayley Wiggins, Dane Cleaver (wk), Christian Leopard, Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Doug Bracewell, Ben Wheeler, Blair Tickner, Jayden Lennox, Adam Milne

Otago Volts:

Hamish Rutherford (c), Llew Johnson, Jacob Duffy, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Dale Phillips, Travis Muller, Max Chu (wk), Neil Broom, Angus McKenzie, Josh Finnie

Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)

Teams Won Lost
CS 4 1
OV 1 4

 

Betting Tip

Match Prediction for CS vs OV

Central Stags suffered their first loss of the season against Canterbury in their last game, after winning their previous two games. They were knocked out for only 125 runs while chasing 173. Their net run rate has dropped to -0.392 as a result of the 47-run loss.

Dane Cleaver has had two failures after a magnificent 114* in the opening game against Otago. Greg Hay has been erratic as well. Tom Bruce, the captain, can play the anchor role, as he demonstrated recently against Wellington with an unbeaten 69 off 48 balls. But Josh Clarkson will be one to keep an eye on. He has looked terrific down the order and is currently striking it at 223.25 this season.

The Stags have done well in the bowling department, with Doug Bracewell leading the bowling statistics with 5 wickets in three games. Seth Rance and Jayden Lennox are also reliable contributors, but Blair Tickner, who has been costly this season, could be their stumbling block.

He is likely to be replaced by New Zealand international Adam Milne, who will play his first Super Smash since the final against Northern Brave in February 2019. The speedster has enjoyed a stellar 2021 since returning to full fitness almost a year ago. He turned heads in the Big Bash League last season for the Sydney Thunder, for the Kent Spitfires (Vitality Blast) and Birmingham Phoenix (The Hundred) in 2021.

Otago Volts have rebounded strongly after losing their opening game to Central Stags. In their second encounter, they had Northern Knights pinned back, but it was rained out. They chased down a 147-run total with two balls to spare in their following match against the same opponents.

They have a solid batting lineup with players that are in good form. Skipper Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, and Anaru Kitchen, all appear to be in excellent touch. Llew Johnson, who helped Otago win the game with a 25 off 13 ball innings in the last encounter, is another batter to keep watch out for.

Anaru Kitchen has also been reliable with his left-arm spin and will again be opening the bowling. Jacob Duffy and Matthew Bacon have also made an impression. Michael Rippon, the left-arm chinaman who was dismissed for 50 in three overs in Otago’s last match against Central Stags, has regained his form.

Total Runs In Match Over 329.5

The fixture between Central Stags and Otago Volts will be high-scoring. Both the teams have quality in their batting lineup so we can expect a lot of fireworks from the onset. The average score on this ground is around 170. More of the same could be expected for this game too.

Recent Form (L to R)

CS:  L W W L W

OV:  W L L L W

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Central Stags
Otago Volts

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