NZ Super Smash


Just five more league matches are left to play in this year Super Smash T20 tournament, with that it’s nearing the end of the exciting season. Auckland Aces hosts Canterbury Kings in the 26th match of the season at Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland. The home team are currently at no. 2 in the points table followed by the visitors Kings. The winner of this match, will steady their chances in the knockouts. Match 26 between Auckland Aces vs Canterbury Kings is scheduled to start at 4:10 PM Local | 8:40 AM IST on Wednesday, 10th January 2018.



With 4 wins and 20 points, Auckland sits at a second place in the points table after played 8 matches in the league stage. As only two more matches to be played in league stage (including the game on Wednesday), Aces requires consecutive wins to qualify for the knockouts with some momentum. Both teams were met each other on the New Year day and Aces emerged victorious in that away game against Kings. Aces has named their 12-man squad for this home game and included the all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme once again. Based on current update, de Grandhomme will play this game on Wednesday and then he will join New Zealand squad for rest of the ODI series against Pakistan. Sean Solia and Glenn Phillips will open the innings for Aces. Solia has played a handy knock in the last game which was a high-scoring game. He scored 31 off 21 balls in that game against Knights. He is an explosive batsman, once he settles will play a shots all over the ground. The wicket keeper batsman Glenn Phillips has a big role to play in this game. He re-joined Aces in the last game after completing national commitments. He departed for 24 off 17 balls in the last game, hopefully, he will come with better knock and score 50 or more in this game.

The man-in-form Mark Chapman has added one more memorable knock in his season by scoring 57 runs in the last game. The 23-years old sensation has scored 2 half-centuries and a century already in the season and his current form will be a big key for Aces. The captain of the side Craig Cachopa struggles to score runs at good strike-rate. Middle-order batsman Robbie O’Donnell also in good batting form at the moment. He remained unbeaten in 5 out of 6 innings in the season and his scores were 54*, 42*, 9, 38*, 12* and 21* respectively. He has a chance to play a good aggressive innings in this game. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme will joins New Zealand team after this game on Wednesday evening. He didn’t play a big part with either bat or ball in the last game. But the star player will come with an outstanding all-around performances at any time.

Sam Curran is having a mixed season with a ball but whenever he gets a chance to bat, he scores good runs. In the last game, Curran smashed 48 off 25 balls with 7 fours and a six. He is expected to do well with both bat and bowl in this game. Ben Lister used to pick wickets in recent matches, but at the same time he concedes runs at higher economy rate. Tarun Nethula and all-rounder Ronnie Hira are expected to play a big part with a ball on Wednesday. Hira didn’t get an opportunity to bat, he will surprises all once he gets an batting opportunity. Donovan Grobbelaar had a poor game on Sunday, where he conceded 45 runs in his 3.3 overs spell on that day. The all-rounder deserves one more chance and he will come with an straight opposite performances compare to the last game. Ben Horne is expected to do 12th man duties once again.



After played 8 rounds, Canterbury Kings are at no. 3 in the points table with 4 wins, 3 losses and 1 no-result. They have 18 points with best NRR +1.465 among all other 5 teams. It has been roller-coaster ride for Kings in the on-going season, as they register win in one game and lose the very next game, then again back to winning ways. To secure a place in the knock-outs, Kings needs to win both remaining matches with an impressive performances. Canterbury Kings has named 12-man squad for this fixture on Wednesday. Nick Kwant and Leo Carter were back in the side for the last match, due to the absence of New Zealand internationals Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham. Kyle Jamieson got his first game of the season as Todd Astle joined New Zealand squad. Kwant had been dropped from the squad due to his poor batting form, on his come back innings also he departed for just 10 runs. His partner, the experienced Michael Pollard struggles to score big runs and he is yet to score a half-century in the season. He is expected to play a crucial knock in this crucial game.

Chad Bowes has played a handy knocks in recent matches. He scored 28 and 41 runs respectively in the last two games. He has a good chance to score half-century in this game on Wednesday. Leo Carter’s poor run continued in the last game when he dismissed for just 6 runs. Due to shortage of batsmen in the squad, Carter will get a game once again. All-rounders Cole McConchie and Tim Johnston has a huge role to play in the middle-order along with wicket-keeper Cam Fletcher. McConchie struggled to score runs in the last two matches, but he shined with a ball in both occasions. If he find his batting form, he will gives you lot of points with his all-round works. The same applies for Tim Johnston who plays a handy cameo with a bat and bowls an economical and wicket-taking spells in every match. Fletcher is in fine form in this season, he will play a key innings in second-half of Kings batting innings.

Captain Andrew Ellis leads the bowling unit with his wicket-taking techniques. He has picked 12 wickets in 7 matches this season and he will add few more to his tally with this game. Kyle Jamieson was bit expensive on his first match of the season on Sunday, but he has picked 3 wickets for 32 runs in 3.5 overs. He deserves a place in the XI and he will bowl another good spell too. The front-line bowler Ed Nuttall has come with an outstanding spell of 3/13 in 3 overs against Firebirds in the last game and that helped Kings to wrap the opposition for just 88 runs. If Nuttall comes with an impressive spell, Aces batsmen will have some struggling time in the middle. Will Williams has got a place in the XI ahead of Jeremy Benton in the last game. Williams has bowled only an over in that game and picked 1 for 6 runs. He may retains a place in the XI, same time chances are there for Benton to replace Williams for this game.




  • Glenn Phillips
  • Mark Chapman
  • Sean Solia
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Sam Curran
  • Tarun Nethula

Wildcard Pick : Robbie O’Donnell



  • Chad Bowes
  • Michael Pollard
  • Cam Fletcher
  • Cole McConchie
  • Andrew Ellis
  • Ed Nuttall

Wildcard Pick : Tim Johnston




1. Sean Solia, 2. Glenn Phillips, 3. Mark Chapman, 4. Craig Cachopa, 5. Colin de Grandhomme, 6. Robbie O’Donnell, 7. Sam Curran, 8. Ronnie Hira, 9. Donovan Grobbelaar, 10. Ben Lister, 11. Tarun Nethula.



1. Nick Kwant, 2. Michael Pollard, 3. Chad Bowes, 4. Leo Carter, 5. Cole McConchie, 6. Cam Fletcher, 7. Tim Johnston, 8. Andrew Ellis, 9. Will Williams / Jeremy Benton, 10. Kyle Jamieson, 11. Ed Nuttall.





Anand Thiyagarajan

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