NZ Super Smash


The last weekend matches of the season in Super Smash T20 tournament begins with 27th match between Central Stags vs Wellington Firebirds and it takes place in New Plymouth on Friday. Both the teams fighting hard for the place in knockouts and for that they have to win both of their remaining matches. Currently, Stags are at no. 5 in the points ladder while their opponent Firebirds are at no. 4 and the winner of this game will move up in the table.



Central Stags has registered 3 wins, 4 losses and 1 no-result. With that, they are at 5th position in the points table with 14 points. Stags has won their most recent game against Otago Volts and won it by a huge margin of 118 runs. Stags need must wins in both remaining matches in this weekend to stand in chance to qualify for the knock-outs. George Worker rejoins Stags for this clash against Firebirds and his arrival gives a boost to the team. Jesse Ryder who scored many runs in his first 3 innings of the season, managed to score only single digit scores in his last 3 innings. Christian Leopard was promoted to opening position in the last game and he responded well with a quick-fire half-century. He scored 52 runs off just 22 balls in that last game. Batting all-rounder George Worker generally opens the innings, therefore based on the form, Ryder may misses out from the XI for this game. Captain Will Young in a tremendous form in this season, whenever he scores runs, the team register victories. He scored third half-century of the season when he smashed 79 off 43 balls in the last game. He will be a key player for Stags at top order.

The experienced Tom Bruce also played a good handy knock in the last game, he scored 42 runs off 24 balls in that game. The Kiwis international will continue to play a good innings in this home fixture as well. The wicket-keeper Dane Cleaver struggled to score runs in recent matches, in the last game he was departed on the very first ball he faced. The young middle-order batsman Josh Clarkson was very impressive in the first half of the season, but he managed to score only 21 runs in last 3 innings. If Ryder keeps the place at top of the order and also Christian Leopard, then Clarkson will make a way for George Worker. Ben Wheeler’s struggle to pick wickets continues, but he helps the team with his batting skills in the last two matches. Wheeler will keep the place safe in the XI, hopefully will bowl a good spell in this game. Bevan Small and Ajaz Patel were impressive in the last two matches. The spinner Ajaz Patel has taken 2 wickets hauls in last four matches in a row while Small picked 3 for 20 in the last game. Seth Rance who made an impressive debut for New Zealand in earlier this month, was back in for Stags lineup and has taken 3 wickets each in the last two matches. He will continue to play a key role with his wicket-taking spells. The leading wicket-taker of Stags, Blair Ticker has picked 14 wickets in only 7 matches this year. Lot of expectations on Blair Tickener, hopefully he will come with solid performances once again.



The defending champions Wellinton Firebirds started the season with an impressive victory, but they had lost a path thereafter and faced back-to-back losses. Then, they have back with two wins in a row to stay alive in the competition. With 16 points, Firebirds are currently at no. 4 in the points table and they need to win both remaining matches with huge margins, then they would have a chance in Knock-out stage. Firebirds has named an unchanged 12-man squad for this game. Skipper Hamish Marshall will continue to open the innings along with the explosive Luke Ronchi. After played several good innings for Firebirds, both the openers were misfired in the last game. They are the most experienced players in the group and expecting good performances from both of them. Firebirds squad filled up with 4 wicket-keeping batsmen. After Luke Ronchi, the wicket-keeping batsman Tom Blundell handles gloves work for Firebirds. He used to bat at no. 3 and he managed to play one good innings among 5 innings he played in the season. He dismissed for duck in the last game.

All rounder from England, Samit Patel is playing a crucial role for Firebirds with both bat and bowl. He has picked a tally of 11 wickets in 6 matches and also contributed with useful 20+ and 30+ knocks with the bat. He is an aggressive player with a bat, so he has a chance to score firing half-century in this game. Middle-order batsman Michael Bracewell has started the season with an unbeaten 56 runs, but he disappointed with a bat in next 4 matches. Then, finally he found a form back in the last game and scored 41 not out. If he carry forward that form, hopefully will score more runs in this game. Devon Conway is the other wicket-keeping batsman in the squad. All-rounders Luke Woodcock and Logan van Been were bowled so well in recent matches. Woodcock used to pick crucial wickets in every match while Logan van Been made his return worthy with 4 wickets in last two games. Anurag Verma is an unpredictable with a ball. He surprises all with an economical spell and wickets few times, other times he goes for too expensive spells. The most experienced spinner Jeetan Patel has a role to play in this game. He didn’t pick many wickets in recent matches but he could come with good wicket-taking spell in this game. Ollie Newton will keep his place in the XI.




  • George Worker
  • Jesse Ryder
  • Christian Leopard
  • Will Young
  • Tom Bruce
  • Seth Rance
  • Blair Tickner
  • Ajaz Patel



  • Luke Ronchi
  • Hamish Marshall
  • Tom Blundell
  • Samit Patel
  • Michael Bracewell
  • Luke Woodcock
  • Logan van Beek
  • Jeetan Patel




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


1. Luke Ronchi, 2. Hamish Marshall, 3. Tom Blundell, 4. Samit Patel, 5. Michael Bracewell, 6. Devon Conway, 7. Luke Woodcock, 8. Logan van Beek, 9. Anurag Verma, 10. Jeetan Patel, 11. Ollie Newton.




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