GPSS: Nicholls and Ellis help Canterbury Kings to easy victory

A solid knock by Henry Nicholls has seen the Canterbury Kings cruise to an easy 7-wicket win over the Northern Knights in Hamilton this evening.

Chasing 154 to win, Nicholls kept his sides’ chase secure and took the game away from the Knights through controlled aggression with the bat.

Peter Fulton dug in to form a match-winning partnership of 87 alongside Nicholls, setting the Kings well on their way to victory in a run chase that was never in doubt.

Andrew Ellis took five wickets in his spell, ripping through the Knights batting order and keeping the runs to better than the minimum, ending with figures of 5-9.

Ronnie Hira and Todd Astle also helped out with three wickets between them.

Barring an aggressive opening by Anton Devcich and a solid innings by captain Daniel Flynn, the rest of the Knights batsmen fell like a deck of cards before youngster Tim Seifert showed signs of his potential to help his side to a modest total.

The Knights had decided to bat first in what appeared to be perfect batting conditions, and despite being a few key players down due to Blackcaps commitments, there was still more than enough fire power to assist the top order.

The Knights couldn’t take advantage the perfect platform set by Devcich to kick on or utilise the talent of overseas import Kevin O’Brien in the middle order when a total or near 200 looked likely early in the innings.

Canterbury cruised to an easy victory by 7-wickets, thanks large in part to Henry Nicholls and Peter Fulton’s partnership.

Key stories from the match:

  • Northern Knights win toss & chose to bat first
  • 50-run opening partnership for the Knights inside first 4 overs
  • Anton Devcich scores powers the Knights off to a good start – scoring 43 runs before being dismissed
  • Ronnie Hira & Todd Astle take wickets to stifle Knights momentum
  • Daniel Flynn scores 44 before being dismissed
  • Andrew Ellis takes 5 wickets with figures of 5-9
  • Northern Knights bowled out for 153 in the final over
  • Canterbury Kings require 154 for victory
  • Ronnie Hira blasts 2 sixes in opening over of run chase and gets Kings off to a flyer – eventually dismissed for 24 at a S/R of 200
  • Peter Fulton and Harry Nicholls bring up 50-run partnership
  • Harry Nicholls brings up half century
  • Canterbury Kings win by 7-wickets

Devcich returns for Knights GPSS opener

The Knights have named a squad mixed with youth and experience for their opening Georgie Pie Super Smash encounter against the Kings.

Talented batsmen Dean Brownlie and the exciting Anton Devcich both return to the batting order to give the Knights some punch out of the blocks before the returning international Kevin O’Brien will provide a dangerous middle order prospect that game take the game away in the space of overs.

Tim Siefert will take the gloves after an offseason playing county cricket in the UK.

Blackcaps test spinner Ish Sodhi has returned from international duties with NZ A and has been named, joining Jono Boult as the second spinning option for the Knights on a pitch that traditionally favors slow bowling.

Ben Laughlin also returns to the Knights as he begins his Big Bash warm up, signing for NZ’s entire domestic T20 competition.

The Knights will also field a debutant in the form of Nick Kelly.

The full Northern Knights squad for match against Kings:

Daniel Flynn (C),

Jono Boult,

Dean Brownlie,

Anton Devcich,

Brett Hampton,

Nick Kelly,

Scott Kuggeleijn,

Ben Laughlin, (International)

Daryl Mitchell,

Kevin O’Brien, (International)

Tim Seifert,

Ish Sodhi,

Knights silence sell out Kings crowd to continue winning ways

The Northern Knights have continued their rich form after beating the Canterbury Kings this afternoon.


Played down at the newly ICC approved Hagley Oval in Christchurch this afternoon, Kings fans were left disappointed as the sell out crowd failed to stop the Knights from getting the victory away from home.

A brilliant opening stand of 116 between Daniel Flynn and Anton Devcich set the Knights up for a big total, with healthy additions by Daryl Mitchell (22) and Daniel Vettori (21) later in the innings, setting the Kings up for a 185-run chase to seal the victory at home.

But victory never came for the Kings.

A solid 44 by Ronnie Hira got Canterbury off to a good start, but the Kings began to fall away after the first wicket fell.

When Kings linch pin Aiden Blizzard retired hurt, a valiant innings of 33 by captain Peter Fulton was not enough as the Knights bowlers ripped through the Kings batting order, bowling them out with a couple of balls to spare and 20 runs short.

Scott Kuggeleijn finished with figures of 4/40 from his spell, and was the pick of the Knights bowlers.

The win puts the Northern Knights on top of the Georgie Pie Super Smash table.

Kings romp home as Knights stumble to first loss

The Canterbury Kings have cruised to a victory as the Knights stumble on a night where nothing went their way.


Considering the great start to the match, Knights coach James Pamment will be left disappointed with the result, easily the worst performance for the Knights in the Georgie Pie Super Smash campaign thus far.

The Knights were looking likely for a big total right throughout the innings, but just never capitalised on the platform provided by the openers. Daniel Flynn looked aggressive from the outside, and together with opening partner Anton Devcich, the Knights put on an early stand of over 50 runs.

It was a night of milestones for the Daniel Flynn, topping the previous highest score for a Knights player in Twenty20 cricket as well as ticking over 1000 career runs in this form of the game.

Once the breakthrough was made, the Canterbury Kings began to strangle the Knights.

Wickets of big players including Travis Birt and Dean Brownlie fell, both failing to break into double figures. None of the batsmen managed to make any improvements on the solid start, the bulk of the runs coming from Flynn and Devcich’s opening stand.

Andy Ellis was the standout bowler for the Kings, finishing with figures of 4-28 from his spell.

But just as the case last weekend, the Knights just didn’t get the score that looked likely earlier on.

Considering the platform given by Daniel Flynn’s early aggression then counter balancing act throughout the innings, keeping a strike rate of around 130, the final tally of 146 runs was disappointing.

Chasing 147 to win, the Canterbury Kings got off to a decent start in the run chase, achieving the required RPO early on.

Neil Broom and Aiden Blizzard steered the Kings towards the total, batting smartly and choosing the aggressive shots to put away and executing terrifically with a multitude of boundaries, and a couple of big sixes.

One six could have won one lucky patron $5000, but he spilt the ball after a valiant one handed attempt in the crowd.

But it wasn’t only the fans watching on the embankment to make a comedy of errors when the ball was in the air. The Knights dropped two catches while defending their small total, including a sitter by Scott Kuggeleijn off the bowling of Daniel Vettori.

Blizzard continued on, powering past 50 runs scoring at a strike rate of 130, and together with Neil Broom got the Kings into a situation where simple cricket would see their side cruise to an easy victory. Blizzard smashed three sixes in a row to finish the game, ending on 69.

It was a night were not much went right for the Knights. Canterbury cruising to an easy win by 8 wickets at Seddon Park.