The Super Smash 2022-23, New Zealand’s premier domestic T20 competition will start on December 23.
The tournament will be played with a few mini breaks to accommodate New Zealand’s international assignments and the final of the Super Smash 2022-23 will be February 11, 2023.
Northern Districts, Canterbury, Central Stags, Wellington Firebirds, Otago Volts and Auckland Aces are the six teams competing for the title.
Canterbury won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2005-06. Auckland Aces, who lost the first edition final, won the Super Smash four times alongside Wellington Firebirds, making them the most successful teams of this competition.
George Worker is the highest run-scorer in Super Smash and is closing in on the 3,000 mark in this competition (2,949 runs in 120 matches). Among the bowlers, Andrew Ellis leads the way with 109 wickets in 100 matches.
The Northern Districts will be entering the upcoming tournament as the defending champions. They defeated Canterbury Kings in a closely-contested final to win the Super Smash title for the third time.
The 2022-23 edition of the tournament will be played in a double round-robin format, where each team will be taking on the others twice. The group stages will culminate on February 6.
Teams finishing second and third on the table will play a preliminary final. It’s winner will take on the first-placed team, who will reach the final directly.
Where to watch Super Smash 2022-23 live in India?
The live streaming of Super Smash 2022-23 will be available on the FanCode app and website.
The Super Smash 2022-23 will not be telecast on any TV channel in India.
Super Smash 2022-23 schedule and India match times
All timings are in Indian Standard Time (IST).
December 23: Northern Brave v Canterbury Kings, Bay Oval, 6:40 PM IST
December 24: Wellington Firebirds v Otago Volts, Basin Reserve, 2:40 PM IST
December 26: Canterbury Kings v Auckland Aces, Hagley Oval, 5:30 PM IST
December 27: Central Stags v Wellington Firebirds, Fitzherbert Park, 2:40 PM IST
December 28: Otago Volts v Northern Brave, Sir John Davies Oval, 2:40 PM IST
December 29: Otago Volts v Auckland Aces, Sir John Davies Oval, 2:40 PM IST
December 30: Central Stags v Canterbury Kings, Pukekura Park, 2:40 PM IST
December 31: Central Stags v Northern Brave, Pukekura Park, 1:40 PM IST
January 1: Canterbury Kings v Wellington Firebirds, Hagley Oval, 1:40 PM IST
January 2: Auckland Aces v Otago Volts, Kennards Hire Community Oval, 1:40 PM IST
January 4: Wellington Firebirds v Northern Brave, Basin Reserve, 2:40 PM IST
January 5: Central Stags v Auckland Aces, Pukekura Park, 2:40 PM IST
January 6: Northern Brave v Otago Volts, Seddon Park, 3:00 PM IST
January 7: Wellington Firebirds v Central Stags, Basin Reserve, 1:40 PM IST
January 8: Auckland Aces v Canterbury Kings, Kennards Hire Community Oval, 2:40 PM IST
January 13: Canterbury Kings v Northern Brave, Hagley Oval, 6:40 PM IST
January 14: Auckland Aces v Central Stags, Kennards Hire Community Oval, 1:40 PM IST
January 15: Otago Volts v Wellington Firebirds, University of Otago Oval, 2:40 PM IST
January 20: Auckland Aces v Wellington Firebirds, Kennards Hire Community Oval, 4:10 PM IST
January 21: Central Stags v Otago Volts, Saxton Oval, 2:40 PM IST
January 22: Northern Brave v Auckland Aces, Bay Oval, 1:40 PM IST
January 23: Wellington Firebirds v Canterbury Kings, Basin Reserve, 2:40 PM IST
January 27: Canterbury Kings v Central Stags, Hagley Oval, 3:00 PM IST
January 28: Northern Brave v Wellington Firebirds, Seddon Park, 1:40 PM IST
January 29: Otago Volts v Central Stags, University of Otago Oval, 2:40 PM IST
January 30: Auckland Aces v Northern Brave, Kennards Hire Community Oval, 2:40 PM IST
February 3: Northern Brave v Central Stags, Seddon Park, 6:40 PM IST
February 4: Canterbury Kings v Otago Volts, Hagley Oval, 1:40 PM IST
February 5: Wellington Firebirds v Auckland Aces, Basin Reserve, 1:40 PM IST
February 6: Otago Volts v Canterbury Kings, University of Otago Oval, 2:40 PM IST
February 9: Qualifier 2 v Qualifier 3, Venue TBC, Start Time TBC
February 11: Qualifier 1 v Winner of Q2 v Q3, Venue TBC, Start Time TBC
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