NK vs WF Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Mar 12, 2023

NK vs WF Match Prediction - Mar 12, 2023

Tournament: Plunket Shield 2022-23.

Date: March 12, 2023.

Format: Test

Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Time: 21:30

As we approach the business end of the Plunket Shield competition for the 2022-23 season, we have Northern Knights taking on Wellington Firebirds in the 19th game of the competition to be played tomorrow. This match will be played at Seddon Park venue in Hamilton, New Zealand. Let's look at the match prediction, weather and pitch report, and betting tips for this game. This Hamilton venue is the home ground for the Northern Knights outfit. These two teams are currently positioned in second and third positions in the points table. 

Northern Knights side succeeded in beating the Central Districts side in the last match while their opponents Wellington Firebirds had to settle for a draw against their opponents in the match, Auckland. The Northern Knights' batting order appears to be in top form. They looked good in their last game with 3 of their batters getting hundreds. This will be an addition to the confidence level of the team members apart from the fact that they are playing at home. Wellington Firebirds have enjoyed a terrific record against this opposition in the recent past but it remains to be seen if they can continue the dominance in this match as well.

NK vs WF Team Previews

Northern Knights

The Northern Knights team will be led by Jeet Raval in this game. This side, playing under the captaincy of Jeet Raval has done a great job during the season, especially during the latter half of the season. In their last match, they beat Central Districts by a margin of 35 runs and moved into the 2nd position in the points table. The Northern Knights team will be in a confident mood as a result of this win and the fact that they are playing at home. Jeet Raval will be expecting a solid performance from his teammates as they are up against a difficult proposition in this game.

Jeet Raval put together a century in his last appearance for his team. He will be keen to get his team off to a good start by hitting a big opening wicket partnership with his fellow opener Henry Cooper. The Northern Knights' middle order is in the hands of players such as Bharat Popli, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, and Henry Cooper who add strength to the middle order. All these batters are in good form. The team will be expecting some batting contributions from other players such as Colin de Grandhomme and Katene Clarke in the lower middle order.

The opening ball attack in this match will be in the hands of Colin de Grandhomme and Kristian Clarke. The Northern Knights team management will be expecting a good show from these new ball bowlers in this game. Mitchell Santner is a crucial member of this team bringing plenty of experience to the middle order and more importantly to the bowling attack. He will be looking to guide the younger members of the team in the bowling attack. Bowlers such as Joe Walker, Brett Hampton, and Tim Pringle will have to display a strong showing in the match to impress the management.

Northern Knights Playing 11

Brett Hampton, Bharat Popli, Katene Clarke, Kristian Clarke, Tim Pringle, Colin de Grandhomme, Henry Cooper, Jeet Raval, Joe Walker, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert.

Wellington Firebirds

The Wellington Firebirds team is being led by Nick Kelly in the competition. This team was pretty lucky to escape with a draw in the last match against Auckland. Their bowlers displayed a poor show in this match when they could not put pressure on their opposition. The Wellington Firebirds' bowling attack appeared to be rusty in their last match. The skipper Nick Kelly will be hoping for a better showing from this bowling attack in this game. Other important batsmen in the line-up are Rachin Ravindra and Luke Geogeson. 

These batters have a significant role to play at the top of the order. They will need to set up a huge opening wicket stand for the rest of the batting order to follow. Nick Kelly will be all set to try and anchor the innings, especially in the middle order with help from batters such as Muhammad Abbas, Nathan Smith, and Gareth Severin. However, the Wellington Firebirds team management will be keen to get some healthy contributions from the lower middle order, especially from players such as Logan van Beek and Callum McLachlan.

The Wellington Firebirds' bowling attack will need to recover from their poor showing in the last match. Their opening ball bowlers Ian McPeake and Logan van Beek will have to pick early wickets in the match. Other bowlers will have to contribute as well. The Firebirds team management will look to get some good overs from Abbas and Michael Snedden especially when they bowl the middle overs. the Wellington Firebirds will also expect a good showing from bowlers such as Kieran McComb, Ravindra, and Luke Georgeson.

Wellington Firebirds Playing 11

Adam Milne, Callum McLachlan, Devan Vishvaka, Gareth Severin, James Hartshorn, Kieran Mccomb, Muhammad Arslan Abbas, Logan van Beek, Michael Snedden, Nick Kelly, Rachin Ravindra.

NK vs WF Toss Prediction

This track in Hamilton did offer a lot of assistance to the bowlers in the last match played at the venue. It proved to be a pretty challenging affair for the batters. Faster bowlers got some movement from the track in the early overs and this created a lot of doubts in the minds of batters. We are expecting a similar track for this match and the team winning the toss is likely to opt to bowl first on this pitch.

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

Pitch and Conditions

The Seddon Park ground in Hamilton; New Zealand is pretty similar to the other track we are used to seeing in New Zealand. There will be some assistance on the track for the quick bowlers. The true nature of the track will allow the batters to commit themselves on the front foot and will also make things easier while playing their shots. This is one of the rare large venues in New Zealand and the batsmen will have plenty of opportunities to score twos and threes at this ground.

It is expected that we will get overcast conditions for this match, especially on the opening day of the match. You can expect the pitch curator to leave a bit of grass over the surface. This means the speedsters are going to enjoy the conditions on the first day of the match. There will be some lateral movement from the track and the team batting first should feel glad if they can post a score of 350 runs on this track batting first.  

NK vs WF Betting Tips

The Wellington Firebirds have not been too consistent during the season. Their bowling attack especially has looked to be in shambles right from the start of the season. They will need a marked improvement from their bowlers in this match to have any hopes of beating the Northern Knights team. The Northern Knights outfit has a lot of depth in their batting order and they have several batters in good form. All this makes the Northern Knights a strong favorite to win this game. We will bet with Northern Knights to win the match.

Bonus Cricket Bets

  1. Betway


    Nick Kelly to score more than 25 runs in the first innings of this match.



Nick Kelly is the skipper of Wellington Firebirds and their mainstay in the batting line-up. You can bet on him to come good in this crucial game.

  1. 10CRIC


    Matthew Fisher to emerge as the top bowler for Northern Districts.



Matthew Fisher is a key bowler in the Northern Districts' bowling attack. You can bet on him to pick up the biggest bowling haul in the first innings.

  1. Rajabets


    Northern Districts to score more than 2 runs in their first over of the first innings.



Northern Knights have good batters playing for them near the top of the order. You can expect them to score more than 2 runs in the first over of their innings.

Today Match Prediction

Northern Knights To Win the Match, 1.63

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Who will win NK vs WF

Northern Knights 75.00% (3)
Wellington Firebirds 25.00% (1)
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