The Knights are New Zealand's 2018 Burger King Super Smash champions, and they mopped it up in a phenomenal style with an utterly one-sided nine-wicket victory over the Central Stags.
The Knights will be chasing a home grand final and top spot of the Burger King Super Smash on Sunday when they face the Canterbury Kings. A win will award the Knights 4 points to finish on 30 points, clear of the field and securing a home grand final on Saturday 20th January at Seddon Park. A loss will mean that all eyes will turn to the Aces vs Volts match, also on Sunday. A win for the Aces (24 points) will secure the Aces a home Grand Final and the Knights will then host the elimination final on Wednesday 17th January at Seddon Park.
The Knights last took home the Super Smash title in 2013/14.
Knights vs Canterbury Kings:
Dean Brownlie ©, Bay of Plenty
Brent Arnel, Hamilton
Anton Devcich, Hamilton
Daniel Flynn, Bay of Plenty
Brett Hampton, Bay of Plenty
Chris Jordan, Import
Scott Kuggeleijn, Hamilton
Nick Kelly, Counties Manukau
Daryl Mitchell, Hamilton
Brett Randell, Northland
Tim Seifert, Waikato Valley
Ish Sodhi, Counties Manukau
BJ Watling, Hamilton
The final 12 will be confirmed on Sunday.
The Burger King Super Smash Knights vs Canterbury Kings, Seddon Park, Hamilton, Sunday 14th January, match starts 2.00pm, gates open 1.00pm.
Tim Seifert smashed his way to the fastest ever T20 century in New Zealand.
The Knights will have a new international import to boost their ranks. Barbados born, English international Chris Jordan will join the Knights from round 3 of the Burger King Super Smash. The right-arm fast bowler debuted for England in 2013 in the final ODI of the five match series against Australia in 2013, and has since featured in 8 Tests, 31 ODI's and 26 T20I's. The 29 year old has also made appearances in 2016 for the Adelaide Strikers (BB 3/24) in the Big Bash League and the Royal Challengers and Sunrisers Hyderabad (BB 4/11) in the IPL.
Known to be an effective death bowler, CEO of Northern Districts Cricket Ben MacCormack is thrilled to have the import join the Knights for the Burger King Super Smash. "Watching Chris Jordan perform in the other leagues, we know how entertaining he can be and we are really excited to have him representing us - he will be great for the fans and is a fantastic addition to our bowling line-up."
Current Adelaide Striker and former Australia international Ben Laughlin is returning to the Knights team for the opening Burger King Super Smash matches.
Ben will enjoy his fifth season with the Knights and will join the team on Wednesday in preparation for the first match against the Firebirds at Seddon Park next Friday night.
Right arm medium pacer Laughlin has proved to be a quality performer in his visits to New Zealand in previous years. He has played 17 games for the Knights, and has picked up 24 wickets at an economy of 6.91 All in all he has taken 124 wickets in 100 domestic and international T20's. His best ever figures was with the Knights against the Wellington Firebirds in 2013 - a staggering 6/28 from four overs.
Laughlin is available for the first two matches before his Big Bash commitments commence, including the first match under lights at the Bay Oval on Saturday 16th December.
Gareth Hopkins, who is debuting in his coaching role for the Knights is looking forward to working with Laughlin saying "Ben's experience and skills make him a valuable inclusion to the side for our campaign, I am very pleased to have him with us for our first weekend of the competition."
Ben MacCormack, new CEO for Northern Districts Cricket says that the Knights are also negotiating with another international talent to add to their playing line-up later into the Super Smash season. "We are very close to making another world class signingthat will have the fans very excited, we hope to announceover the coming days."
Former ND and BLACKCAP Gareth Hopkins joins the Knights as the new head coach.
Northern Districts will look to follow on their winning form in Monday's clash against Auckland.
The 2016/2017 Schedule has been released.
Northern Districts Cricket will have a naming
shift this summer with the Knights brand to be used purely for the SUPER SMASH
Bharat Popli cleans up at the Annual Northern Districts Cricket Awards.
Seriously ill children and their families enjoyed the welcome distraction of cricket during a fun-filled morning with members from Northern Districts Cricket teams on Saturday 19th March.
Northern Districts Cricket and the True Colours Children's Health Trust, a charity organisation which supports seriously ill children and their family members with counselling, nursing care and education, teamed up to hold the event at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
The day included training with the SKYCITY Northern Knights team members, face painting, bouncy castles and a barbeque.
True Colours CEO Cynthia Ward said the event, was a fantastic day for all involved and a great opportunity for families in similar circumstances to network with each other.
"Days like this, give the children and their parents a chance to escape from their reality and provide some fun and "lightness" to their life, and it also allows them to meet other families in similar circumstances and we have seen some lovely connections being made."
"When there is tough stuff happening for a family regarding a child's health condition, it is awesome to have Northern District Cricket acknowledge this and in a very practical way, connect directly with families."
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Northern Districts Pat Malcon and Cliff Dickeson pay tribute to Martin Crowe - one of the greats of New Zealand cricket.
The SKYCITY Northern Knights and the Northern Spirit are holding a special training day for our junior members.
The WHITE FERNS will compete in the Rose Bowl series in a three match series against Australia at the Bay Oval.
Counties- Manukau's top
club side is now Northern Districts' top club team.
Nick Kelly (Counties Manukau) has been awarded his first domestic cricket contract with the SKYCITY Northern Knights.
Hayley Jensen will join the Northern Spirit for the remainder of their Women's Domestic Cricket Season.