The Super Smash is New Zealand’s premier domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament featuring the top players from across the country. The 22nd edition of the Super Smash is scheduled to be held from 19th December 2023 to 28th January 2024.
Overview of Super Smash 2023-24:
- Number of Teams: The tournament will feature 6 teams – Auckland Aces, Canterbury Kings, Central Stags, Northern Knights, Otago Volts, and Wellington Firebirds.
- Number of Matches: A total of 32 matches will be played in a double round-robin format along with 2 semi-finals and the final.
- Venues: The matches will be hosted across 9 venues in major cities like Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, New Plymouth, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.
- Timings: With the matches being played in New Zealand, the start time will be as per NZST (New Zealand Standard Time). Most matches are scheduled in the evening slots.
- Key Players: Leading domestic and international cricketers like Martin Guptill, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Devon Conway among others will be seen in action.
- Live Streaming: Live coverage of the matches will be available on platforms like Spark Sport and Sky Sport NZ.
Super Smash 2023-24 Match Schedule:
The Super Smash 2023-24 will kick off on 19th December 2023 with a match between Auckland Aces and Otago Volts at Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland. The league stage will conclude on 15th January after which the playoffs including two semifinals and the final will be played.
Super Smash 2023-24 Full Schedule – Fixtures, Date, and Time
Here is the full match schedule for Super Smash 2023-24:
|Dec 19, Tue||Auckland Aces vs Canterbury Kings||Kennards Hire Community Oval||12:30 pm|
|Dec 21, Thu||Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts||Cello Basin Reserve||4:00 pm|
|Dec 22, Fri||Northern Brave (M) vs Central Stags||Seddon Park||5:30 pm|
|Dec 24, Sun||Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces||Cello Basin Reserve||1:30 pm|
|Dec 26, Tue||Canterbury Kings vs Otago Volts||Hagley Oval||5:30 pm|
|Dec 27, Wed||Central Stags vs Northern Brave (M)||Fitzherbert Park||4:00 pm|
|Dec 28, Thu||Otago Volts vs Wellington Firebirds||Molyneux Park||4:00 pm|
|Dec 29, Fri||Central Stags vs Auckland Aces||Pukekura Park||4:00 pm|
|Dec 30, Sat||Central Stags vs Canterbury Kings||Pukekura Park||4:00 pm|
|Jan 1, Mon||Otago Volts vs Auckland Aces||Molyneux Park||4:00 pm|
|Jan 2, Tue||Northern Brave (M) vs Wellington Firebirds||Bay Oval||5:30 pm|
|Jan 3, Wed||Otago Volts vs Canterbury Kings||Molyneux Park||4:00 pm|
|Jan 4, Thu||Auckland Aces vs Wellington Firebirds||Kennards Hire Community Oval||4:00 pm|
|Jan 5, Fri||Canterbury Kings vs Central Stags||Hagley Oval||4:00 pm|
|Jan 6, Sat||Northern Brave (M) vs Otago Volts||Seddon Park||5:30 pm|
|Jan 7, Sun||Canterbury Kings vs Auckland Aces||Hagley Oval||4:00 pm|
|Jan 8, Mon||Central Stags vs Wellington Firebirds||McLean Park||2:00 pm|
|Jan 9, Tue||Otago Volts vs Central Stags||Hagley Oval||5:30 pm|
|Jan 10, Wed||Canterbury Kings vs Wellington Firebirds||Hagley Oval||2:00 pm|
|Jan 11, Thu||Northern Brave (M) vs Auckland Aces||Bay Oval||4:00 pm|
|Jan 12, Fri||Wellington Firebirds vs Central Stags||Cello Basin Reserve||4:00 pm|
|Jan 13, Sat||Auckland Aces vs Otago Volts||Kennards Hire Community Oval||12:30 pm|
|Jan 14, Sun||Wellington Firebirds vs Northern Brave (M)||Cello Basin Reserve||4:00 pm|
|Jan 15, Mon||Auckland Aces vs Central Stags||Kennards Hire Community Oval||4:00 pm|
|Jan 16, Tue||Northern Brave (M) vs Canterbury Kings||Seddon Park||5:30 pm|
|Jan 18, Thu||Otago Volts vs Central Stags||University of Otago Oval||4:00 pm|
|Jan 20, Sat||Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave (M)||Kennards Hire Community Oval||4:00 pm|
|Jan 22, Mon||Wellington Firebirds vs Canterbury Kings||Cello Basin Reserve||4:00 pm|
|Jan 23, Tue||Otago Volts vs Northern Brave (M)||University of Otago Oval||4:00 pm|
|Jan 28, Sun||Final||Hagley Oval||8:30 pm|
The tournament final between the top two teams will be played on 28 January 2024 at the University of Otago Oval in Dunedin.
With world-class players, high-scoring matches and huge crowds, the Super Smash 2023-24 promises to be an exciting way for cricket fans to welcome the New Year!
Super Smash 2023-24 Participating Teams
The Super Smash 2023-24 will feature 6 domestic teams who will compete in the T20 tournament. The teams participating are:
|Central Districts||Tom Bruce|
|Northern Knights||Anton Devcich|
Auckland, led by Martin Guptill, has other key players like Glenn Phillips in its ranks.
Canterbury is the defending champion team from last season, captained by Cole McConchie and having Tom Latham.
Central Districts has captain Tom Bruce along with Ross Taylor and Ajaz Patel.
Northern Knights are captained by Anton Devcich and include Kane Williamson and Tim Seifert.
Otago, led by Hamish Rutherford, features Neil Broom and Jacob Duffy.
Lastly, Wellington has captain Michael Bracewell along with Devon Conway and Tom Blundell.
These six domestic teams will compete in the league stage matches, semi-finals and final to be held in January 2024.
Super Smash 2023-24 Venues and their Capacity – Average Score Details
Here is a table summarizing the key details of the 9 venues for Super Smash 2023-24:
|Venue||City||Capacity||Home Team||T20 Matches Hosted||Avg 1st Innings Score||Avg 2nd Innings Score|
|Eden Park Outer Oval||Auckland||5,000||Auckland||23||165||153|
|Seddon Park||Hamilton||10,000||Northern Knights||37||168||152|
|Fitzherbert Park||Palmerston North||5,000||Central Districts||10||157||145|
|McLean Park||Napier||22,500||Central Districts||17||176||164|
|Bay Oval||Mount Maunganui||10,000||Northern Knights||19||172||160|