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.

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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.

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