Wellington vs Otago, Super Smash 2020-21
Aferr moving clear at the top of the Super Smash 2020-21 table once more, defending champions Wellington Firebirds are now out to avenge their only defeat of the season so far when they take on Canterbury Kings. The match, at Wellington’s Basin Reserve, takes place on January 25 and the live action starts at 15:10 local time.
The Firebirds have won six of their seven games so far, getting back to winning ways last time out against Otago Volts as Ben Sears (4-21) led a fine bowling effort. Set 138 to win, Michael Bracewell top-scored with 47* to seal a four-wicket win.
It meant they bounced back from their only loss so far, which happened to come against the Kings. Cole McConchie was the all-round star in that game, but the Kings were bowled out for 118 in their next match and sit third in the table – four points behind the Firebirds – as a result.
Wellington Firebirds vs Canterbury Kings (Super Smash 2020-21): Where to watch/Live streaming
WEL vs OTG Live Stremaing
Live streaming: Spark Sport, FanCode
TWEL vs OT oss Prediction
Wellington Firebirds won the toss and elected to field in their most recent match at Basin Reserve.
Monday will be cloudy in Wellington, with plenty of wind, but there is no threat of rain.
Basin Reserve has something for the bowlers and the batsmen.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Wellington vs Otago, Kings (Super Smash 2020-21).
Wellington Firebirds Team News & Playing 11
WEL Team News
Wellington Firebirds could be unchanged from their win against Otago Volts in their first of these two back-to-back matches, which would mean no Jimmy Neesham again.
WEL Key Players
- Michael Bracewell: Has bowled well at Basin Reserve so far this season and his tidy batting last time out secured victory.
- Ben Sears: Starred with 4-21 last time out as he put a quiet start with the ball firmly behind him. It could be a turning point for the 22-year-old.
- Devon Conway: Not at his best so far this season but there is no question that remains one of the most dangerous batsmen in this tournament.
WEL Team Form
The Firebirds have won six of their seven matches so far this season. Their lone defeat was against Canterbury Kings, when they failed to defend 154/7 in Christchurch, but they bounced back last time out with Ben Sears claiming 4-21 in a four-wicket win against Otago Volts.
Wellington Firebirds Predicted Playing 11
Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell (c), Jamie Gibson, Troy Johnson, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett
Canterbury Team News & Playing 11
CAN Team News
Ed Nuttall was the only player to come into the Canterbury line-up last time out and he cannot be blamed for defeat. Canterbury might therefore stick with the same team and hope they get back to the form they showed against the Firebirds when they last met.
CAN Key Players
- Cole McConchie: Starred when these teams last met as he took 2-14 and hit 48* with the bat, following up his 1-29 and 56* in the previous game.
- Daryl Mitchell: The all-rounder has hit 195 runs in five innings and taken seven wickets too, including two half-centuries so far.
- Matt Henry: The New Zealand international has not hit best form so far and yet still has nine wickets in six appearances.
CAN Team Form
Canterbury Kings won three matches in a row, including their victory against Wellington Firebirds, but they were poor last time out against Northern Knights. In wet conditions, they folded for just 118 on their way to an eight-wicket loss.
Canterbury Predicted Playing 11
Ken McClure, Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle, Daryl Mitchell, Cole McConchie (c), Leo Carter, Cam Fletcher (wk), Matt Henry, Todd Astle, Will Williams, Ed Nuttall
Wellington Firebirds to beat Canterbury Kings at 1.72 with Bet365 and 1.72 with Betway. 1.72 with Bet365 and 1.72 with Betway.