Northern Knights and Central Stags square off in the Super Smash T20 final at Seddon Park on Sunday. The Knights were clearly the best side in the round-robin phase, winning seven games out of 10. However, there were a few setbacks towards the end with two losses on the bounce against Auckland Aces and Otago Volts. They may have lost some momentum coming into the final but have enough firepower to outplay the opposition when it matters.
Meanwhile, Central Stags stormed into the final after a 44-run thumping of Auckland Aces in the preliminary final. Earlier, they finished third in the league stage – registering five wins in the 10 league games. The Stags must play out of their skins if they are to match the Knights.
Head-to-head (last three fixtures)
Northern Knights – 3, Central Stags – 2
Where – Seddon Park, Hamilton
When – 8:40 AM IST
Blair Tickner passed a fitness test on his ankle after bowled without discomfort in the nets and is available for selection.
Tim Southee will make his first appearance in Super Smash T20 this season.
CD Playing 11: Tom Bruce, Doug Bracewell, Dane Cleaver, Dean Foxcroft, Adam Milne, Ajaz Patel, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler, George Worker, Will Young.
Central Stags Squad: Tom Bruce (c), Doug Bracewell, Dane Cleaver (wk), Dean Foxcroft, Adam Milne, Ajaz Patel, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, Bevan Small, Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler, George Worker and Will Young.
NK Playing 11: Dean Brownlie (c), Kyle Abbott, Corey Anderson, Brett Hampton, Scott Juggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee and Niel Wagner.
Northern Knights squad: Dean Brownlie (c), Kyle Abbott, Corey Anderson, Daniel Fylnn, Brett Hampton, Nick Kelly, Scott Juggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee and Niel Wagner.
Captain/vice-captain choices – Daryl Mitchell, Dean Foxcroft, Dean Brownlie, Tim Seifert, Tom Bruce, George Worker, Will Young
Make CD vs NK Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed in the article.