NK vs CS Match Preview

In the day/night final match last year, Northern Knights beat Canterbury by a margin of 7 wickets to secure the championship. The Northern Knights skipper will expect that his team can repeat this performance in all three departments of the game in this tournament’s first game. The Northern Knights team has a good set of batters near their top order. They will be expecting to use the services of Tim Seifert, Katene Clark, Henry Cooper, Jeet Raval, and Mitchell Santner to collect most of the runs.

Katene Clark topped the charts for Northern Knights last year in the Super Smash. He played ten games and collected 266 runs with an average of 29.55, hitting a half-century in the process. Regarding the NK bowling attack, the team will rely on bowlers such as Joe Walker, Scott Kuggeleijn, Neil Wagner, Brett Hampton, and Tim Pringle to pick up crucial breakthroughs. The outstanding bowler for Northern Knights last year was Neil Wagner. He picked up ten wickets with a top average of 9.80.

On the other hand, the Central Districts team had to endure turbulent times last season and were inconsistent in their efforts. They could not qualify for the play-off stages of the competition. The Central Districts captain, Tom Bruce, will expect his wards to put up a better show starting with the season's first game. Regarding the batting department, the team will depend on batters such as Josh Clarkson, Will Young, Ross Taylor, Ben Smith, and their captain Tom Bruce to score runs.

Last season, the standout batter for Central Districts was Josh Clarkson. He played nine games last year and collected 258 runs with an average of 36.85. He has hit a couple of hundreds in this format. Regarding the bowling department, the team will depend on bowlers such as Jayden Lennox, Doug Bracewell, Ajaz Patel, and Brett Randell to achieve well-timed breakthroughs. The best bowler on the scene for Central Districts last year was Jayden Lennox. He collected a haul of 16 wickets with an average of 15.93.

Weather Report

We will likely get clear and sunny weather in the initial period of this game. Things might become cloudy in the game’s later stages and afford help to the bowlers. However, there is no opportunity of getting showers during this contest. 

Pitch Report

This ground in Hamilton is a great place for T20 cricket. They offer excellent facilities for fans and players alike. The wicket on offer here is likely to favor the batters for the most part. The side winning the toss may bat first and take advantage of the batting-friendly conditions.

Notable stats

Neil Wagner has an incredible recent record regarding the strike rate for Northern Districts.

Neil Wagner picked up ten wickets from just four matches with a strike rate 9.00.

Josh Clarkson has an excellent strike rate with the bat for Central Districts.

Josh Clarkson scored runs last year with a strike rate 162.73.

Team News

There are no apparent injury updates, as it is the first game for both teams.

NK vs CS Probable 11

NK Playing 11

  • Jeet Raval (C)
  • Joe Carter
  • Tim Seifert (Wk)
  • Katene Clarke
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Henry Cooper
  • Brett Hampton
  • Scott Kuggeleijn
  • Tim Pringle
  • Neil Wagner
  • Joe Walker

CS Playing 11

  • Ben Smith
  • Bevan Small
  • Ross Taylor
  • Will Young
  • Tom Bruce (C)
  • Maara Ave (Wk)
  • Josh Clarkson
  • Doug Bracewell
  • Brett Randell
  • Ajaz Patel
  • Jayden Lennox
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

This is the first game of the competition for both teams, so it is tough to pick a clear winner here. You can assume a close game of cricket as it will set the tone for upcoming games. The Northern Knights team did a much better job last year than Central Districts. Based on that performance, Northern Knights can win this encounter. Central Districts played their final game of the previous season against Northern Knights and lost it.

Top Picks

Neil Wagner: Wagner played an instrumental role last year in winning the trophy for ND, with the ball picking up ten wickets from four matches.

Jayden Lennox: Lenox has picked up seventeen wickets from his last ten games with a strike of 12.88.

Josh Clarkson: Clarkson has scored 262 runs from his last ten matches with a strike rate of 162.73.

Tom Bruce: Bruce scored 230 runs in his last nine matches for Central Districts with a strike rate of 149.35.

NK vs CS Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: T Seifert , D Cleaver

Batters: K Williamson (VC), T Bruce, W Young

All-rounders: D Bracewell, C de Grandhomme, S Kuggeleijn, M Santner (C)

Bowlers: T Boult, B Tickner

NK vs CS Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction