Contenders boast batting firepower

Last weekend’s performance might make today’s neutral venue feel a little more homely for the Canterbury Kings.

They dispatched the Otago Volts at the University Oval on Sunday.

Now they will face the Wellington Firebirds there in the one that matters.

The teams will play in the early Super Smash elimination final today, the winner advancing to play the Northern Brave in Saturday’s final.

There is plenty of firepower in both line-ups, although Canterbury has shown its ability on the University Oval pitch.

Tom Latham was sublime opening with the bat, showing a combination of power and precision that will test the Wellington bowling attack.

Daryl Mitchell was similarly destructive, while seamer Henry Shipley showed quality with the ball to take four wickets.

The Kings enter as the higher seeds, although the Firebirds have plenty of quality, particularly given the reintroduction of the Black Caps.

The Wellington batting line-up, in particular, has class throughout.

Devon Conway and Finn Allen form a potentially devastating opening duo.

Former Otago duo Jimmy Neesham and Michael Bracewell both know the ground well and are among a strong middle-order.

All-rounder Nathan Smith will make his return as well, having left Otago for Wellington at the beginning of the summer.

Super Smash

University Oval, today, noon

Canterbury Kings: Tom Latham, Chad Bowes, Daryl Mitchell, Leo Carter, Blake Coburn, Mitch Hay, Cole McConchie, Todd Astle, Cam Fletcher, Matt Henry, Henry Shipley, Will O’Rourke, Edward Nuttall.

Wellington Firebirds: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell, Jimmy Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Nathan Smith, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Ollie Newton, Ben Sears, Troy Johnson.

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