NZ Super Smash


The final phase of league rounds begin in Super Smash T20 Tournament with the match between Central Stags vs Otago Volts. The 22nd match will be played at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth. Central Stags’ last match was abandoned in that same venue on Thursday. As rain forecast for Saturday, possibilities are high for another washout.



After 6 matches, Central Stags sits at bottom second in the points table with 2 wins, 3 losses and 1 no-result. They need to win all of their remaining matches to keep their chances in Knock-outs. Stags has made two changes to their 12-man squad for this game. Tom Bruce and Seth Rance returned to Stags squad after completed national commitments while George Worker left the squad as he joins Black Caps for the ODI series against Pakistan. Ryan McCone dropped from the squad. On the absence of George Worker, Ben Smith may back in the XI and replaces him at opening spot. Jesse Ryder is the other opener for Central Stags. Ryder has played a several good innings and he will play another good knock in this game. Ben Smith was struggling for form, the rest he had in last few days may help him to shine in this come back game. Captain of the team Will Young has a job to do against the weakened Otago Volts. Will Young is in a good form in this season and he played two match-winning knocks and he will play a key role in this game too. Tom Bruce’s arrival will wash out Smith’s place in the XI. Bruce used to bat at no. 3 or 4, which means wicket keeper Dane Cleaver might get a promotion in the order and will open the innings along with Ryder.

Josh Clarkson and Christian Leopard did a good job for Stags in middle-order batting. Both of them are just 20-years of age and these youngsters will help the team to post competitive total with their power-hitting. Ben Wheeler was too expensive in several matches this season, hopefully he will bring all his experiences to do well in this game. The young Bevan Small has bowled very good spells in recent matches and he will continue to offer the same against Volts too. Seth Rance returns to Stags after had an impressive debut for New Zealand national team. He has claimed 3 for 30 against the T20 World Champions West Indies last weekend. He will be a threat for the opposition on Saturday. Blair Tickner has picked 10 wickets in just 5 matches with the best of 4/24 against Knights. He will be the key bowler for Stags in this crucial clash. The left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel bowled well in last completed matches and he has a bright chance to continue the same in this game too.



Otago Volts has played 7 matches in the competition but still searching for their first win. They have lost 6 of their matches and other one was ended in no-result due to rain. Volts desperately need a win as they have only 3 more matches to play. They have made 3 changes to their 13-man squad. Anaru Kitchen returns to the squad after completing national commitments with Black Caps. Michael Rae and Christi Viljoen are others who joins the squad. Jacob Duffy, Brad Wilson and Warren Barnes dropped from the squad for this game. After several poor performances at top of the order, Hamish Rutherford was dropped from the XI for the last game. He may return to the XI and that case Llew Johnson will make a way for him. Captain Rob Nicol playing a good hand for his team with both bat and bowl and he is expected to offer the same in this game too. Neil Broom joined the squad for the last game and he will keeps his place safe for this game as well. The experienced batsman didn’t fire in the last game, but chances are high for him to score a half-century with this game.

Shawn Hicks has played back-to-back handy knocks in last two matches. He emerged himself as a key player in the team and possibly will play another good innings on Saturday. If Hamish Rutherford misses out once again, Llew Johnson will keep his place in the XI. The wicket keeper cum middle-order batsman Derek de Boorder yet to play an impressive knock in the season. His poor form is one of the biggest worrying part for Volts. Josh Finnie who bats at no. 6 played significantly well in last two matches. The 21-years old scored 22 and 46 runs respectively with a good strike-rate. If carry forward his good form to this game, will score more runs for the team. Anaru Kitchen will replace Brad Wilson in the XI. Kitchen didn’t get an much of batting opportunities in the recently concluded T20I series against West Indies, but he will shine for Volts. Netherlands all-rounder Michael Rippon is playing for Volts and he bowled an wicket-less spell in his first game of the season on Tuesday. He is a handy all-rounder and will perform well in this game. Neil Wagner was dropped for the last game. He is available for this game and he may replaces Warren Barnes in the XI. The experienced bowler struggled in T20 format, but till he remains as a key bowler. All rounder Christi Viljoen and Michael Rae are in the squad for the first time in the season. Both of them has a chance to be in the XI. If not both, at least either one of them will get a place in the XI. That case Christi Viljoen has more chances than Rae.




  • Jesse Ryder
  • Tom Bruce
  • Will Young
  • Josh Clarkson
  • Seth Rance
  • Blair Tickner



  • Neil Broom
  • Rob Nicol
  • Shawn Hicks
  • Josh Finnie
  • Neil Wagner
  • Michael Rippon




1. Jesse Ryder, 2. Dane Cleaver, 3. Will Young, 4. Tom Bruce, 5. Josh Clarkson, 6. Christian Leopard, 7. Ben Wheeler, 8. Bevan Small, 9. Seth Rance, 10. Ajaz Patel, 11. Blair Tickner.


1. Rob Nicol, 2. Hamish Rutherford / Llew Johnson, 3. Shawn Hicks, 4. Neil Broom, 5. Anaru Kitchen, 6. Derek de Boorder, 7. Josh Finnie, 8. Michael Rippon, 9. Neil Wagner, 10. Christi Viljoen, 11. Michael Rae / Matt Bacon.




Anand Thiyagarajan

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