CK vs NK Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Dec 17, 2022

CK vs NK Match Prediction - Dec 17, 2022

We are exactly at the midpoint mark in New Zealand’s premier One-Day tournament - The Ford Trophy and the battle for the top spot couldn’t be tighter. Even though Auckland Aces have not managed to register a win in the tournament yet, they too are in the hunt and so are the other teams. The build-up to the last leg of the league stage is turning out to be pretty exciting and we are in for a treat. 




Up next in the tournament, we have Canterbury Kings set to take on Northern Districts in an all-important match for these two sides. The two sides are tied on points and the winner of this match will occupy the top of the table. With a lot to play for, we expect both of these sides to come out all guns blazing in this contest. 




The match between the two sides is to be played on Hagley Oval, Christchurch on December 18th 2022. 





CK vs NK Team Previews

Canterbury Kings


Canterbury Kings, after facing a heavy defeat in their match against Northern Districts early in the tournament, have undoubtedly been the best side of the tournament. Even though they have lost two matches, their big wins have ensured that they accumulate five points in each of their three games, taking the overall tally to fifteen points. This also means that they have a pretty good net run-rate of 1.419, which is best amongst all sides in this competition. 




After a loss to Northern Districts, they registered a couple of back to back wins before losing to Otago Volts in the last match. While they have been brilliant in the competition, they have lacked consistency, which can come to bite them in crunch situations. A win here will give them plenty of confidence, apart from keeping them at the top spot and that is exactly what they will be aiming for. 




Canterbury Kings too have a decent side on paper with some of the most talented Kiwi players. While they lack experience in certain areas, their skills and experience have made up for that pretty well so far. They would want that to happen in this upcoming match as well. If they can play to their best in this match, Northern Districts will certainly have their work cut out. 



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Northern Knights


Northern Districts started off their campaign on a pretty good note, registering a big win over Canterbury Kings in what was the opening game for both sides. They are meeting the same team once against and should be pretty confident coming into this match. They did lose their subsequent match to Wellington Firebirds but have since then been brilliant. They are coming into this game on the back of a couple of back to back wins and will want to make it three on the trot. 




As it currently stands on the points table, Northern Districts are placed at the third spot with three wins from five matches. They are tied on points with two teams above them and are lower only because of their net run-rate of 0.509, which in fact is not bad at all. A win here will push them to the top of the table, taking the net run-rate out of the equation. 




On paper, Northern Districts have one of the better-balanced sides in the competition and will want to do justice to the strength they have on paper. They had a rich history in the tournament and will be eying another string of wins under their belt. They will be pretty confident coming into this match and if they are able to play to their potential, getting past them could prove to be a very challenging ask. 



Northern Knights Playing 11

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CK vs NK Toss Prediction

With some rain in the air and temperatures not really soaring, it would be a dream wicket to bowl at for the quicker bowlers. The DLS method might come into the picture, but we do not expect the match to last the entire hundred overs anyway. There will be plenty of assistance for the bowlers early in the morning and both skippers would want to fully utilize that. Keeping that into consideration, expect the captain winning the toss to elect to field first. 

Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

Unlike the rest of the tournament, we have more seen low-scoring matches take place here at Christchurch. While the boundaries are short and offer plenty for the batsmen, the surface and the conditions offer plenty for the bowlers to move the ball in the air and off the surface. Facing the new ball can be challenging here and that is apparent by the kind of totals teams have put batting first here in recent matches. Spinners, however, are unlikely to play a big part here. The weather is expected to be rainy, adding some more advantage to the bowlers. If the team batting first is able to put in anything over 200, they should consider that a job well done. 

CK vs NK Betting Tips

With top of the position at stake, at least for the time being, both sides would be counting on their experienced players to deliver in this match. Northern Districts have plenty of experience available at their disposal with the likes of Tim Siefert, Jeet Raval, and Scott Kuggeleijn available. They registered a win over the Kings in the last meeting between the two and will be pretty confident of doing so again. Considering all that and other above-stated facts, we will be placing our money on a Northern Districts win and so should you. 

Today Match Prediction

Northern Knights To Win the Match, 2.00

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Who will win CK vs NK

Canterbury Kings 60.00% (3)
Northern Knights 40.00% (2)
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