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Central Stags vs Canterbury Kings Predictions & Tips - Stags backed to reach Super Smash final
- Central Stags vs Canterbury Kings predictions for Thursday’s Super Smash T20
- The match will be played at the Eden Park Outer Oval at 02:30 GMT
- I am tipping the Central Stags to reach the Super Smash final
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Central Stags have done the double on the Canterbury Kings this season and will hope to make in three in a row (Getty Images)
Central Stags vs Canterbury Kings Predictions
The Central Stags come into this playoff with momentum and more importantly, in-form players. My best bet is for George Worker to score over 23.5 runs in a Stags victory.
- Central Stags’ George Worker has scored the 2nd most (420) runs in the 2020/21 Super Smash.
- Central Stags’ Ross Taylor scored 65 runs in his last match.
- Central Stags have won their last 2 matches against the Canterbury Kings.
- Canterbury Kings' Daryl Mitchell scored 35 runs in his last match.
- Canterbury Kings have lost 3 of their last 4 matches.
Head to Head
The Central Stags lead 13-12 in their 25 previous matches against the Canterbury Kings.
In their last match, the Central Stags won by 30 runs at McLean Park just a few days ago.
Central Stags Form
The Central Stags finished the regular Super Smash season in second place, ahead of the Canterbury Kings on net run rate.
Going into their last round robin match, the Stags were in third place. They however beat the Kings at McLean Park by 30 runs to go a place up.
The Stags batted first and scored 183 runs. Top run scorer for the season, George Worker only managed two runs but Black Caps international, Ross Taylor eventually came good to score 65 of 36 balls.
Jayden Lennox was the pick of the Stags bowlers, taking 3-20 in his four overs. That ensured the Kings struggled throughout with the regular loss of wickets, eventually ending on 153 runs in their 20 overs.
Central Stags Injuries & Team News
The Stags have a quality side and shouldn’t make any changes to the last outing.
Ross Taylor has struggled since returning from international duty, but scored a magnificent 65 runs in the last match. Will Young is another international that can give the Stags the edge.
George Worker has scored the most runs for the Stags this season and is the second highest run scorer in the competition.
Canterbury Kings Form
The Canterbury Kings come into this playoff having finished third on the Super Smash table. They lost out on a second place finish to the Central Stags when they suffered defeat to the same opponents just a few days ago.
Bowling first at McLean Park, the Kings struggled to contain the Stags batsmen. No bowler managed more than a single wicket which allowed the Stags to score a daunting 183 runs.
Cam Fletcher (39) and Daryl Mitchell (35) showed some fight for the Kings, but there just wasn’t enough support from others. They ended on 153 after 20 overs, 30 runs short of their total.
Canterbury Kings Injuries & Team News
The Canterbury Kings have no injury concerns, but they will have concern over the form of some players.
International bowler, Matt Henry will be heavily relied upon to keep a dangerous Stags batting lineup in check. On the batting front, top scorer, Chad Bowes and Daryl Mitchell will need to produce top performances.
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Having already beaten the Canterbury Kings twice this season, the Central Stags will be confident.
Ross Taylor found his form and is backed to be the Stags best batsman. Top scorer George Worker can score over 23.5 runs as my best bet.
Daryl Mitchell is my tip to the Kings' best batsman.
Best Bet: George Worker Over23.5 Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Stags Batsman Tip: Ross Taylor Best Stags Batsman @333.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Kings Batsman Tip: Daryl Mitchell Best Kings Batsman @400.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit