Northern Knights have named an extremely strong squad for this Grand Final and look like the team to beat. With plenty of Blackcaps in both squads, they are going to be the key to which way this final goes but the Knights have some incredible talent at their disposal.
Central Stags have a huge task on their hands as they head to Auckland for their elimination final, the scene of an eight-wicket loss to the Aces just last week. The Aces dominated the match, taking regular wickets before easily chasing their target to ensure they earned home advantage for this game.
This should be one-way traffic with the Knights surely having too much for the Volts despite being without their international stars. Daryl Mitchell is a huge loss in particular after his superb form in this competition and whilst facing a team with nothing to play for has its down side, they can avoid complacency.
An interesting affair that will have a big bearing on the final standings takes place in Auckland with the Aces hosting the Central Stags. Both teams could still claim a home game in the knockout stages but only the winner of this game can do so.
This is a dead rubber due to both teams failing to qualify for the finals but both teams will be looking to end their campaign on a high note. Neither have been good enough this year and have rightfully missed out with the pair securing just five wins between them.
This should be a cracking game with Auckland Aces finding some form at the right time as they face the formidable Northern Knights. The hosts will need to be at their best if they are to take anything from this contest and the return of Colin Munro can aid their cause.
These two teams have both endured miserable campaigns so far and will be looking to pick up a valuable win here to at least attempt to salvage some pride. With just three wins between them from 16 games, it doesn’t make for pretty reading but both should be motivated to turn their fortunes around here.
There is plenty on the line for this one with these two teams sitting third and fourth as they are vying for one of the play-off places. The Firebirds have the edge in momentum at present but the Stags were playing well prior to their slip up last time out.
This could be a spectacular match at McLean Park as the top two teams in the tournament square up against each other, with both sides in fantastic form.
On paper there is not much to separate these two teams in terms of quality, but the Stags clearly have form and momentum on their side. They played and comprehensively beat the Kings last weekend which will give them big confidence coming into this reverse fixture at home.
These two teams met last weekend and it was rain that seemingly saved the Volts as the Aces had smashed 117 from their first 11 overs with the loss of just one wicket.
This match promises to be a cracker and the fact that so many international players are available only adds to the intrigue. The Aces have a formidable squad of players at their disposal when their international players like Guptill, Munro and Ferguson are available, while the Firebirds can only add Neesham to their squad.
Bottom-club Canterbury Kings welcome the leaders Northern Knights, and both teams can welcome back some key players. Unfortunately for the hosts, the Knights have far more depth and quality as they can boast virtually an entire team full of internationals.