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SUPER SMASH – MATCH 2 – CANTERBURY KINGS VS OTAGO VOLTS – FANTASY PREVIEW

The traditional T20 League of New Zealand, Super Smash T20 – season 2017/18 began on Wednesday. Six teams participating tournament hosts 30 group stage matches and two knock-outs. Second match of the season between Canterbury Kings vs Otago Volts scheduled to start at 4 PM Local | 8:30 AM IST on Thursday, 14th December 2017.

 

CANTERBURY KINGS :

Canterbury Kings finished at no. 3 in the points table last year and ended their season with a loss in the preliminary final. They will look to achieve the goal which gone out of their hands last year. The 35-years old all-rounder Andrew Ellis leads the Kings once again this year. Kings has been announced their 12-man squad for this first clash of the season. England all-rounder Ben Stokes named in the squad and plenty of expectations already on the star player. Chad Bowes, Cole McConchie, Michael Pollard and Tim Johnston are a specialist batsmen in the 12-man squad along with wicket keeper batsman Cam Fletcher. South Africa born Chad Bowes scored a half-century in the preliminary final last year. He is expected to open the innings along with wicket keeper Fletcher. Bowes has played only 20 matches in his T20 career till now and he scored 5 half-centuries already. He can be surprise element in this game as well. Cam Fletcher does a good job behind the stumps and he played very well in recent 50 overs domestic matches. Batsman Michael Pollard shifted from Wellington to Canterbury this year and he smashed a big century two days ago in the Ford trophy 50 overs match. He opened the innings for Kings in those one-day matches, so he has a chance to open the innings in T20s as well. That case Fletcher will move down to middle-order. Cole McConchie bats in middle-order and he could add quick runs to the total. He is also pick wickets with his part-time off-spin. The other middle-order batsman Tim Johnston did a good job in recent List A matches with both bat and bowl. His bowling skills could be a key for the team.

The star player and talking point of this game Ben Stokes not in a great form since he joined Canterbury Kings. He scored only 36 runs in 3 List A innings and took just 1 wicket in 3 outings. Coach of the team expects good come back performances from him, also the fantasy players. The experienced all-rounder Todd Astle will play a key role for Kings in this game. He scored back-to-back half-centuries in List-A matches recently and he also claimed 7 wickets in those 3 games. As he included in New Zealand ODI squad, he might leave Kings after this game. Captain Andrew Ellis bats in the middle-order and bowls medium fast. He maintains the overall strike-rate of 127 in T20 format and has over 100 wickets to his credit as well. His best figures were 5 for 9. The experienced Kiwis bowler Matt Henry in the squad of Kings. He is well experienced bowler in the format and he could score runs very quickly in end overs. He has an overall strike-rate of over 160 in T20s. At the same time he leaks lot of runs so he might give you negative points with that. Left-arm pacer Ed Nuttall did a good job for Kings last year. He didn’t play any competitive cricket since March 2017, so have to see how he performs in his come back match. The young Jeremy Benton offers left-arm spin. He claimed one wicket in three matches in Ford Trophy last week and he also contributed with 40* in the game against Otago. He picked 3 wickets in 5 matches last year, hopefully, will bowl better in this game. The new comer Nick Kwant named in 12-man squad as well.

 

OTAGO VOLTS :

It wasn’t a great season for Otago Volts last year who finished at bottom of the table with only 3 wins. Volts won the title in 2012/13 season, since then they have qualified for Final twice but settled as a runner-up. The explosive batsman Hamish Rutherford led the side last year, but Rob Nicol is set to lead the team in this season. The 34-years old Nicol played for Aces last year, then he joined Volts ahead of this season. Volts also released 12-man squad for their season opener. Generally, Volts used to open the innings with Rutherford and Anary Kitchen. But, since the arrival of Nicol, they used to open with the combo of Nicol and Rutherford in a recent List-A matches. Nicol has scored 78 in the first match of Ford Trophy last week and also claimed a tally 5 wickets in 3 matches. His part-time off-spin will give you more points. Rutherford has played over 100 matches in his T20 career and scored 2539 runs at strike-rate 143. The power-hitter smashed 262 fours and 113 sixes in T20 and that proves how hard he hits the ball. Anaru Kitchen probably bat at no. 3. He also maintains a decent record in T20 format and his overall strike-rate are around 125. He may surprises all with his left-arm spin action. In case Kitchen move down to middle-order, the wicket keeper batsman Derek de Boorder will bat at no. 3. He batted at no. 3 last year, so has a chance to bat in that position again. Boorder looks positive with the score of 56 not out which he scored two days ago in Ford Trophy.

All-rounder James Neesham will play a key role for Volts on Thursday. The hard-hitting player is expected to shine with both bat and bowl in this game. Neil Broom and Josh Finnie will strengthen the batting in middle-order. The experienced Neil Broom batted well in recent List-A matches and scored 48 and 55 runs respectively. He is the key player of Volts and hopefully will give you an enough points on Thursday. Josh Finnie has played a key role in Volts middle-order last year. He also bowl 3 to 4 overs with his part-time off-spin. Brad Wilson is the other batsman in the squad. The young pace bowler Jack Hunter awaiting to make his debut in T20 cricket. He was very impressive in the Ford Trophy matches last week where he claimed 7 wickets in 3 innings. Jacob Duffy is expected to lead the pace attack for Volts. He has 47 wickets to his name in T20 format and his best figures were 5/18. His recent form will be a key for him and also for who keeps him in their team. The bowler Matthew Bacon is expected to warm the bench on Thursday. Warren Barnes has picked 22 wickets in 15 T20 innings and his best was 3/30. He used to bowl slightly expensive of 8 runs per over in T20s, but his wicket-taking skills will help you to get some useful fantasy points.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

CANTERBURY KINGS :

  • Michael Pollard
  • Chad Bowes
  • Ben Stokes
  • Todd Astle
  • Andrew Ellis
  • Matt Henry
  • Ed Nuttall

 

OTAGO VOLTS :

  • Hamish Rutherford
  • Rob Nicol
  • Neil Broom
  • James Neesham
  • Josh Finnie
  • Jacob Duffy
  • Waron Barnes

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

CANTERBURY KINGS :

1. Chad Bowes, 2. Michael Pollard, 3. Cole McConchie, 4. Ben Stokes, 5. Andrew Ellis, 6. Cam Fletcher, 7. Tim Johnston, 8. Todd Astle, 9. Matt Henry, 10. Jeremy Benton, 11. Ed Nuttall.

OTAGO VOLTS :

1. Rob Nicol, 2. Hamish Rutherford, 3. Derek de Boorder, 4. Neil Broom, 5. James Neesham, 6. Anaru Kitchen, 7. Josh Finnie, 8. Brad Wilson / Matthew Bacon, 9. Jack Hunter, 10. Jacob Duffy, 11. Warren Barnes.

 

 

 

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

Cricket is what everyone loves. If you’re ready to play fantasy cricket but don’t know how to analyze players, consider his Articles as the foundation of your fantasy teams. Anand is a cricket blogger and fantasy cricket lover.

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