CK vs WF Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Jan 01, 2023

CK vs WF Match Prediction - Jan 01, 2023

The Wellington Firebirds will be looking to continue their unbeaten run in the Super Smash into the New Year as they face the Canterbury Kings on Sunday. Many bookmakers are offering shorter odds for a home win in this match which is quite surprising given the fact that Wellington is unbeaten so far this season. 


CK vs WF Team Previews

Canterbury Kings

The Kings are one of the most consistent franchises in Super Smash and they have reached the Finals in each of the last 2 seasons. However, they haven’t had the best of starts this season.

Canterbury won its opening match, and played against the Braves, but lost the next two matches, both by 4 wickets. Chad Bowes and Leo Carter have batted exceptionally well at the top of the order and have provided the team with a couple of excellent starts but the middle order has been pretty mediocre in its performance thus far.

The likes of Cole McConchie and Matthew Boyle have failed to register big scorers and that has prevented Canterbury from setting match-winning targets. It is the same story with the bowling too, as except for Henry Shipley, none of the bowlers have managed to keep a tight leash on the opposition batsmen. Ed Nutall has picked up 4 wickets but has been very expensive so far.

Overall, the Canterbury team, while having some of the biggest names in the squad, has failed to perform as a unit. 

Canterbury Kings Playing 11

Chad Bowes, Matthew Boyle, Leo Carter, Cole McConchie, Cameron Fletcher, Mitchell Hay, Henry Shipley, Todd Astle, William O'Rourke, Ed Nuttall, Blake Coburn.

Wellington Firebirds

The Wellington Firebirds lost out to the Canterbury Kings in the Eliminator Finals in the last season and will be eager to take revenge here. The team has won both the matches that it has played so far and is sitting at the top of the points table.

Rachin Ravindra has been a standout performer so far, contributing well with both, the bat as well as the ball. Ravindra has scored 83 runs in 2 innings, including a half-century, and has also picked up 3 wickets. Finn Allen and Nick Kelly too have got off to decent starts and will be looking to build upon their form as the tournament progresses.

Logan van Bbek played a stunning cameo of 21 runs from just 7 deliveries in the last match and his batting effort was critical in the narrow 2-run win. At present, the Wellington team is looking pretty well-balanced and is up for any challenge that the opposition might throw at them. 


Wellington Firebirds Playing 11

Finn Allen, Nick Kelly, Rachin Ravindra, Troy Johnson, Nathan Smith, Tim Robinson, Callum McLachlan, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Iain McPeake, Michael Snedden.

CK vs WF Toss Prediction

The record on this ground is pretty even when it comes to either batting first or second. However, we think that the winner of the toss will opt to bat first here and get the opposition under pressure by getting a big score. 


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

Pitch and Conditions

Despite being the largest ground in New Zealand, the Hagley Oval has hosted quite a few high-scoring matches thanks to its flat pitch and lightning-fast outfield. The batsmen can easily play their shots here as the bounce is pretty even throughout the match.

The quicker bowlers will get some movement but the spinners are likely to struggle. The average first innings score here is around 160, but the team batting first will be looking to get closer to 200 here.

The weather is expected to remain overcast and humid but there is hardly any chance of rain. The temperature is expected to remain between 15-18 degrees Celsius. 


CK vs WF Betting Tips

The Canterbury Kings haven’t been in the best of forms this season and have been seen struggling in the last couple of matches. While a couple of individuals have played well, they have failed to perform as a unit. On the contrary, the Wellington team has played some excellent cricket and is the only team who haven’t faced a defeat yet this season. Wellington starts this game as the underdogs but we are willing to back them here as they look to extend their unbeaten run.

Bet on the Wellington Firebirds to win.<br />  

Bonus Cricket Bets

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    Top Bowler for Canterbury

    Henry Shipley (3.25)


Shipley has picked up 6 wickets so far and is third on the list of top wicket-takers for this season. He has been the top bowler for Canterbury in each of the 3 matches that they have played so far and we are backing him to do so again in this game as the pitch at Christchurch is pretty suitable for his pace.

Today Match Prediction

Canterbury Kings To Win the Match, 1.75

Bet Tip Here

Who will win CK vs WF

Canterbury Kings 65.18% (161)
Wellington Firebirds 34.82% (86)
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