SSL 2018-19 Central Districts vs Northern Knights 22nd Match Prediction. Central Stags will look to halt the Knights’ winning streak when the two teams face each other in this top-of-the-table clash. This will be the 22nd game of the Super Smash 2018-19 and it will be played on January 25 at the McLean Park in Napier. Live telecast of the match is scheduled to start at 7:10 PM local time.
- The Knights are in red-hot form and are coming into this match on the back of five successive wins.
- Central Stags will be playing at their home ground and they have won both their matches here this season.
- Central Stags defeated the Knights by five wickets when the two sides clashed earlier in the season at Mount Maunganui.
Our Pick: Central Stags
CD vs NK, Super Smash 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sport NZ
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Sky Go
Central Districts Team News & Playing 11
The Stags’ top-order batting is looking good in Super Smash 2018-19 season with Tom Bruce, Will Young and Dean Foxcroft all amongst the runs. Bruce is leading the runs charts with 287 runs. The skipper smashed an unbeaten 88 in the reverse fixture and is coming off a brilliant 30-ball 71 against Canterbury Kings. Young and Foxcroft scored 89 not-out and 50 respectively in that game and they too hold the key for Central Stags. Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler and Seth Rance have been very impressive with the ball and it will be mainly up to these three pace bowlers to push the Knights on the back foot early in the innings. Tickner has been the team’s best bowler with ten wickets in six matches followed by Wheeler who has eight. The former took a three-wicket haul last time against the Knights and he is likely to trouble them again.
Central Districts Predicted Playing 11
- George Worker, Will Young, Dean Foxcroft, Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Dane Cleaver (wk), Kieran Noema-Barnett, Ben Wheeler, Seth Rance, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner
Northern Knights Team News & Playing 11
Daryl Mitchell, Dean Brownlie, Tim Seifert and Nicholas Frederick Kelly form the backbone of the Knights’ batting. Mitchell is one of the season’s leading run-getters and the team will be expecting a strong performance from him against the Stags. Seifert hit a fifty in the reverse encounter while Kelly cracked his first fifty of the season in the last match against Canterbury Kings. Corey Anderson is a dangerous batsman in the middle order and he is a handy option with the ball as well. The Knights’ bowling, however, will be a lot more dependent on Scott Kuggeleijn and Kyle Abbott, especially during the absence of Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner who are currently playing for New Zealand in the ODI series against India. Kuggeleijn has taken the most wickets for the Knights – ten in six matches – and he will pose the biggest challenge for the Central Stags.
Northern Knights Predicted Playing 11
- Nicholas Frederick Kelly, Tim Seifert (wk), Dean Brownlie (c), Daryl Mitchell, Corey Anderson, Brett Hampton, Daniel Flynn, Scott Kuggeleijn, Kyle Abbott, Neil Wagner, Tarun Nethula
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
CD : W W W NR L
NK : W W W W W
CD vs NK Head to Head
Central Stags and Knights have played 24 matches against each other in the New Zealand domestic twenty20 tournaments. The former have won 10 of those and the latter 13 with one not producing a result.
Both teams have won twice each in their last four meetings. The Knights won two out of the three matches that they played against the Stags in the previous season.
Central Stags, however, registered a five-wicket win when they met the Knights last month in the fourth match of the ongoing Super Smash season at the Bay Oval. The Knights scored 156/8 in their 20 overs after being put into bat first and the Stags then chased their target with four balls to spare.
Matches Played: 24; Central Stags Won: 10; Knights Won: 13; NR: 1
Central Districts vs Northern Knights Betting Odds
Betway has the Knights as favorites to win this Super Smash match at odds of 1.75 and Central Stags as the underdogs at 1.95. Bet365 and Betfair, however, are offering odds of 1.90 on both the teams to win this match.
Central Districts vs Northern Knights Prediction
The Knights are on a roll having secured wins in each of their previous five matches. The defending champions are currently leading the league standings with six wins and just the one loss from seven games. Interestingly, their only defeat this season has come against the Central Stags who themselves are playing a good brand of cricket. The Stags are placed second on the points table with four wins and two losses from seven matches and they too have the momentum with them with wins in their last three games. The Knights will be without their two frontline bowlers in Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner who are both away on international duty, and this will definitely weaken their bowling attack. The Stags, on the other hand, are playing at home and having won both their matches at this ground will surely boost their confidence. The Stags seem to have the upper hand here and we expect them to complete the double over the Knights.