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In 16th match of Super Smash T20 season, Central Stags hosts Northern Knights in New Plymouth on this Saturday. Both teams met each other just 2 days ago in Mount Mounganui and Stags won that game in Knights home. Will Knights take a win in return at Stags home? Match between Central Stags vs Northern Knights scheduled to start at 4 PM Local | 8:30 AM IST on Saturday, 30th December 2017.



The important 49-runs victory against the same opponent holds the stay of Stags in the competition. After lost 2 out of 3 matches, it was a good come back win for Stags other night. Skipper Will Young led an example with a half-century while the young Josh Clarkson smashed 52 off 25 and helped Stags to post a mighty 201 runs in 20 overs. Bowlers responded well and contained the opposition for 152 for 9 in 20 overs. Blair Tickner had taken 4 wickets and Ajaz Patel claimed 2 for 24. Stags welcomes the batting all-rounder George Worker for this game on Super Saturday. Worker is the opening batsman who bowls left-arm spin too. He had a good time with Blackcaps in a recently concluded one-day international series against West Indies. He has a good form and will continue a good all-round work in this game. Jesse Ryder provide a flying start for Stags with his hard-hitting skills. His scores were 54, 84 and 34 runs respectively in 3 innings. Ben Smith who struggles to score runs in recent matches will make a way for Worker. Captain Will Young has scored 2 half-centuries in last 3 innings and that kind of form makes him as a key player in Stags unit. Wicket-keeper Dane Cleaver will probably bat at no. 4 in the order. He departed early in the last game for 9 runs, hopefully, will score some quick runs in this game.

The 20-years old Josh Clarkson plays a huge part in Stags middle-order this season. He scores runs thick and fast for the team at second half of the innings. In the last game, Clarkson came with 52 not out off just 25 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. He is expected to play a big role in middle-order once again. Another 20-years old youngster in the lineup, Christian Leopard has impressed everyone straightaway in his 2nd match of T20 career. He added quick fire 22* off just 7 balls and helped the team to cross 200 runs mark in 20 overs. He didn’t bowl both of the matches, but he will surprises all with a ball at some stage of the tournament. The poor show of Ben Wheeler Continues as he bowled an expensive spell once again. He conceded too many runs in last few matches and the last game wasn’t exceptional. He leaked 47 runs in his 4 overs. Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel came good in the last game where he claimed 2 for 24 in 4 overs spell. After remained wicket-less for two consecutive matches, Patel picked 2 wickets and had a relief. Hopefully, he will bowl a key role once again in the bowling department. Seam bowler Bevan Small had picked 1 wicket each in all 3 innings he bowled. He bowled exceptionally well in the last game against Knights and picked 1 for 22 in 4 overs. Ryan McCone also came good with a bowl and picked 1 for 30 in 4 overs. Both Small and McCone will retain their places in the XI and no surprises if either one of them pick 3 wicket haul in this game. The wicket-taking bowler of the unit, Blair Tickner added 4 more wickets to his tally. Now, he has 10 wickets in 4 innings this season. He is a must pick category bowler in Stags squad.



The loss to Stags in the last game has broken Knights winning streak and pushed them down to 4th spot in the points table. Knights had registered a hat-trick of wins after losing the first game of the season to Firebirds. But now, they are at 4th place with 12 points after played 5 matches. Knights has named an unchanged squad for this away game against Stags. Dean Brownlie led-side needs to re-group quickly to get back into winning ways and also to move forward in the points table. After shown all-round performances against Otago Volts, Anton Devcich gone back to struggling ways again in the last game. First he bowled a wicket-less spell of none for 33 in 4 overs and then he managed to score only 10 runs with a bat. Knights need their valuable all-rounder to come with big performances in this game. The wicket keeper cum opening batsman Tim Seifert continue to do well with a bat for Knights. After hits that mouth-dropping century against Firebirds, Seifert contributes with a decent knocks. He may come with a big hundred once again if he gets going on Saturday. Whenever Brett Hampton came to bat at no. 3, he smashed a ball all over the park and scored at almost 200 strike-rate. He came to bat at 7 in the last game and dismissed for just 1 run. So, hopefully he will come up in the order once again on Saturday. Skipper Dean Brownlie is one of the most experienced player in the group but he managed to score only 74 runs in 5 innings. Particularly, in the last two innings, he was dismissed for single-digit scores.

Daniel Flynn and Daryl Mitchell has a huge role to play in the middle-order for Knights. Both of them scored 40+ each in the game against Volts and that helped the side win the game comfortably. But in the last game, Flynn managed to score only 20 runs in the high chase. All-rounder Mitchell also had an average game on Wednesday, where he scored 27 with a bat and picked 1 for 44 in 4 overs. They are expected to come good in this game. The out-of-form Nick Kelly is the biggest worrying point in Knights batting. He has scored only 27 runs in 5 innings. If Knights decides to add more strength to their bowling attack, Brett Randell will replaces Nick Kelly in this game. England all-rounder Chris Jordan has a role to play in this clash on Saturday. Jordan did a good job with a bowl against Volts, but gone expensive against Stags in the last game. He equaled the poor bowling efforts with his batting skills where he scored useful 29 off just 14 balls. If Kelly is not playing, Peter Bocock will get a promotion in the batting-order. The veteran pacer Brent Arnel is a key bowler of Knights. He picked 2 for 35 in the last game and has a bright chance to come up with a better spell on Saturday. The off-spinner Joe Walker had his first game of the season and he picked 1 for 32. He will get a second chance in this game against Stags.




  • Jesse Ryder
  • George Worker
  • Will Young
  • Josh Clarkson
  • Blair Tickner
  • Bevan Small
  • Ajaz Patel



  • Tim Seifert
  • Daniel Flynn
  • Anton Devcich
  • Daryl Mitchell
  • Brett Hampton
  • Chris Jordan
  • Brent Arnel




1. Jesse Ryder, 2. George Worker, 3. Will Young, 4. Dane Cleaver, 5. Josh Clarkson, 6. Chrisian Leopard, 7. Ben Wheeler, 8. Bevan Small, 9. Blair Tickner, 10. Ajaz Patel, 11. Ryan McCone.


1. Anton Devcich, 2. Tim Seifert, 3. Brett Hampton, 4. Dean Brownlie, 5. Daniel Flynn, 6. Daryl Mitchell, 7. Chris Jordan, 8. Nick Kelly / Brett Randell, 9. Peter Bocock, 10. Brent Arnel, 11. Joe Walker.





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