Defending champions Wellington Firebirds kick off the latest season of New Zealand’s premier domestic Super Smash T20 tournament on Christmas Eve. The tournament shall comprise a total of 32 games which shall be held over a period of approximately two months. The 2020-21 Super Smash sees New Zealand’s top T20 stars compete in a double round-robin league phase. The next two months before a preliminary final and final.
The men’s version will have Otago Volts, Wellington Firebirds, Auckland Aces, Canterbury Kings, Central Stags, and Northern Knights playing. First, run in 2005-6, Wellington Firebirds earned their third title last season. Yet Auckland Aces – with four successes – remain the competition’s best team.
Therefore, Canterbury Kings are top picks for this year’s competition. Here are the Super Smash 2020-21 Squads and Key player performance Review:
2019-20 Result: Runners-up
Auckland have some outstanding Super Smash T20 hitters in their squad. Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, and Colin Munro be accessible for the majority of the period. The Aces have a lot of capability added to that their triplet of New Zealand contracted players. Martin Guptill, Lockie Ferguson, and Kyle Jamieson – and the strength in the batting and bowling divisions.
It has been a couple of years since the remainder of their record-equaling four triumphs in the competition. So the Aces – introduced as second-top choices with the bookmakers – are expected some achievement. Much will rely upon player accessibility. All set, they have a solid Super Smash T20 line-up, yet they will likewise be hit hard by worldwide call-ups.
Auckland Aces Team Squad
Robert (c), Ben Lister, Olly Pringle, William Somerville, Bradley Rodden, William O Donnell. Ben Horne(w), Ross ter Braak, Sean Solia, Graeme Beghin, Danru Ferns, Ryan Harrison
2019-20 Result: Fifth
Regardless of completing a modest fifth last season. The Kings have been recorded as top picks during the current year’s competition. They will profit by the strength of their homegrown players. Therefore, Any semblance of Todd Astle, Chad Bowes, Daryl Mitchell, and Cole McConchie being probably going to be accessible for the full Super Smash season.
With only one win to their name throughout the entire existence of the competition. The Kings are maybe are an astonishing decision for top picks this season. By the by, there is potential in this group and – significantly – some great strength top to bottom as well.
Canterbury Kings Team Squad
Chad Bowes, Cole McConchie (c), Leo Carter, Cam Fletcher (wk), Matthew Hay, Ken McClure. Jack Boyle, Matt Henry, Todd Astle, Will Williams, Ed Nuttall, Sean Davey
2019-20 Result: Fourth
Central Stags polished simply outside the play-off spots last season in fourth and they should locate a major improvement on the off chance that they are to overcome any barrier to the best three this time. Canterbury has an extremely reliable player in Ken McClure, who has scored seven centuries in this one-day season.
Ross Taylor, Ajaz Patel and Will Young are among their New Zealand internationals, with any semblance of Seth Rance, George Worker and Tom Bruce their top homegrown stars. While Taylor fortifies any team he comes into, with only three players with New Zealand contracts they do have a decent profundity to their squad and can stay with a genuinely reliable line-up.
Therefore, on the off chance that Worker and Bruce can establish the pace that will be the key in venturing up from mid-table to the play-offs of Super Smash.
Central Stags Team Squad
George Worker, Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Doug Bracewell, Bayley Wiggins. Dane Cleaver (wk), Christian Leopard, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Jayden Lennox
2019 Result: Sixth
Bottom of the heap last season. Northern Knights did just polish two points off third spot in a tight table, however. It is no motivation to discount them at that point. The greatest factor by the way they play out this season. Whom they have available from their New Zealand contracted players.
While any semblance of Trent Boult and Kane Williamson infrequently highlight. Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi would have a major effect in the Super Smash competition that they were available to call upon.
Without them, Scott Kuggeleijn drives the bowling, and Dean Brownlie, Tim Seifert, and Anton Devcich supply T20 quality as well. They may have been last in 2019-20, yet there is sufficient about this squad to propose the end of the Super Smash season games are as yet in their arrival at this time around.
Northern Knights Team Squad
Henry Cooper, Anton Devcich (c), Brett Hampton, Tim Seifert (wk), Katene Clarke, Dean Brownlie. Scott Kuggeleijn, Zak Gibson, Joe Walker, Brett Randell, Matthew Fisher, Frederick Walker
2019 Result: Third
From one perspective, Otago Volts have no worldwide players. On the other, that is a favorable position as it implies they can ensure a predictable line-up for Super Smash. There is global quality in their squad – Hamish Rutherford. For instance – however, they are not loaded down with large name stars
Consistency was sufficient to complete second in the Super Smash table and third overall last season. However, it stays not yet clear in the event that they can go any further in 2020-21. Jeet Raval has been in-form too and has had a fine one-day season so far playing for the Northern Districts
They might be too subject to any semblance of Rutherford, Dean Foxcroft and Michael Rippon to take the jump.
Otago Volts Team Squad
Rutherford, Neil Broom, Phillips, Travis Muller, Nick Kelly, Mitch Renwick (wk). Llew Johnson, Anaru Kitchen, Josh Finnie, Michael Rippon, Matthew Bacon, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jacob Duffy (c)
2019 Result: Winners (Third title)
Champions for a third time last Super Smash Season, Wellington Firebirds might be survivors of their own prosperity this time around
Starman Conway has now equipped for New Zealand citizenship and his global call-up could cost them. There are other central participants in this squad when Conway, Jimmy Neesham, and Tom Blundell are unavailable.
Ollie Newton, Logan, Michael Bracewell, and Bennett are among the individuals who could have any kind of effect. However, Conway was totally fundamental to last prepare’s prosperity and there is no uncertainty they lose a great deal without him.
Wellington Firebirds Team Squad
Fraser Colson, Rachin Ravindra, Jamie Gibson, Hamish Bennett, Michael Bracewell(w/c). Troy Johnson, Finn Allen, Lauchie Johns, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Ian McPeake, Michael Snedden
Super Smash 2020-21 Group Stage Prediction
- Wellington Firebirds
- Otago Volts
- Auckland Aces
- Central Districts
- Canterbury Kings
- Northern Knights
Super Smash 2020-21 Prediction
Wellington Firebirds will be looking at capturing the Super Smash trophy for the fourth time in a row. Wellington Firebirds may be an enticing wagered as protecting heroes yet Devon Conway’s New Zealand call-up could be exorbitant for them. He was key last season, henceforth his call-up and the Firebirds will miss him when he isn’t accessible.
Canterbury Kings being introduced as top choices is amazement as well, be that as it may. With only one title to their name in this Super Smash competition, they are really the most ineffective in their set of experiences.
A team like Northern Knights – favored with such a profundity of value. However, he could be a fascinating dark horse to back, at that point.
Northern Knights to win the 2020-21 Super Smash at 5.50