OV vs NK Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Feb 08, 2023

We have now entered the final week of the current edition of the Super Smash League as the Otago Volts host the Northern Braves for the Eliminator Final this Thursday. The winner of this match will face the Canterbury Kings for the ultimate prize on Saturday.

Both teams have had a few ups and downs in their journey to the knockouts. Nevertheless, they have done well enough to trump the other teams and get this far in the competition. Let’s have a look at how both teams stack up against each other. 


OV vs NK Team Previews

Otago Volts

The Otago Volts didn’t have the best of starts to the season as they lost both their opening matches in the competition. However, they made a strong comeback, winning 5 of their next 6 games, and played a tie to secure their spot in the playoffs.

However, they did falter in their latest match, facing a huge defeat against the table-toppers, the Canterbury Kings.

Captain Hamish Rutherford hasn’t been in the best of forms with the bat but has led his team well, making changes with the ball as well as in the field at the right time to keep his team on the top of their game. He will however hope to put up a good opening stand with Jake Gibson. The latter scored his second half-century of the season in the previous match, albeit for a losing cause.

Dean Foxcroft has been phenomenal at the number-3 slot and will surely hope to score more runs in this crucial match. Max Chu and Josh Finnie haven’t been in the best of forms this season but Llew Johnson has managed to get important runs lower down the order.

Matthew Bacon and Michael Rae have done a good job with the new ball, picking up 27 wickets between them, and will once again play an important role here, while the spin department will be taken care of by Foxcroft, Ben Lockrose, and Travis Muller. 


Otago Volts Playing 11

Michael Rippon, Dean Foxcroft, Jake Gibson, Llew Johnson, Benjamin Lockrose, Max chu, Dale Phillips, Michael Rae, Matthew Bacon, Joshua Finnie, Jacob Duffy.

Northern Knights

The Braves were a bit unlucky this season because as many as 3 of their matches were washed away due to rains. This meant that their fate hung in balance right until their last match at the group stage. However, a win against the Central Stags ensured that there were no hiccups and they still have a chance to defend their title.

The team will depend on Katene Clarke and Tim Seifert to give them a good start as both have been in pretty good form this season. Captain Jeet Raval too has got runs under his belt and will lend strength to the middle order along with Joe Carter.

However, Henry Cooper and the all-rounders Scott Kuggeleijn, and Brett Hampton have struggled with the bat. Kuggeleijn and Hampton however have done well with the ball, picking up 8 wickets each, while Neil Wagner was among the wicket-takers in the last match and will be hoping to build up on that form.

In the spin department, Tim Pringle has picked up 7 wickets but has received limited support from Joe Walker and Frederick Walker. Overall, the Braves have lacked consistency in their performance this season and will need to work harder if they want to set up a date with the Canterbury Kings on Saturday. 


Northern Knights Playing 11

Tim Seifert, Katene Clarke, Jeet Raval, Joe Carter, Mitchell Santner, Henry Cooper, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Pringle, Neil Wagner, Joe Walker.

OV vs NK Toss Prediction

The team winning the toss will be looking to field first here. 


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

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch at the University Oval at Dunedin isn’t the easiest to bat on and the batsmen will have to settle in before they start playing the big shots. The boundaries on this ground are quite short though, and we should see plenty of 4’s and 6’s.

The quicker bowlers will have a good time here due to the pace on offer, while the spinners are likely to struggle. The pitch does get easier to bat on as the match progresses, and the team batting first will look to get a score of over 170 to give the bowlers a good chance.

The weather is expected to be windy and overcast, with temperatures rarely crossing the 15-degree mark. 


OV vs NK Betting Tips

The Braves have done well to reach this far in the tournament but have lacked consistency. On the other hand, the Volts have recouped well after a bad start and appear to be better prepared to handle this high-stakes contest. They also have a couple of good all-rounders who can easily turn the match in their favor.

Bet on the Otago Volts to win the match. 


Bonus Cricket Bets

  1. Betway


    Top Bowler for the Otago Volts

    Michael Rae (4.00)


Michael Rae has been one of the most consistent performers with the ball for the Otago Volts this season. He has taken 16 wickets so far and is the leading wicket-taker for the tournament. With the pitch at Dunedin quite helpful to the quicker bowlers, we think that the odds on offer are pretty mouth-watering and we would recommend backing him to be the top bowler for the Volts.

Today Match Prediction

Otago Volts To Win the Match, 1.92

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Who will win OV vs NK

Otago Volts 60.71% (51)
Northern Knights 39.29% (33)
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