CS vs WF Dream11 Prediction, Super Smash Fantasy Cricket Tips, Predicted Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Updates For Match 17 of Super Smash 2023-24

Cricket fans are in for a treat as Central Stags lock horns with Wellington Firebirds in the 17th match of the Super Smash 2023-24 at McLean Park in Napier on Monday (January 8). Both teams, coming off various outcomes in their recent encounters, are poised for a thrilling showdown.

FixtureCentral Stags vs Wellington Firebirds, Match 17
TournamentSuper Smash
Date & TimeJanuary 8, 2024, Monday, 6:30 AM IST
VenueMcLean Park, Napier
StadiumMcLean Park, Napier
Humidity83% (Humidity)

Team Performance Overview

  • Central Stags: With one win out of five matches and two games abandoned, Central Stags find themselves in a challenging position. Their last encounter against Canterbury Kings saw them chasing a target of 186, managing only 142/8 and losing by 33 runs (DLS method).
  • Wellington Firebirds: Having secured three victories out of five matches, Wellington Firebirds are in a relatively better position. However, their last game against Auckland Aces ended in a 53-run defeat as they were bowled out for 139 while chasing a target of 193.

Pitch Report

The pitch at McLean Park has shown a tendency to favor both batsmen and bowlers. The toss winner might opt to bowl first, considering the conditions and the recent outcomes at the venue.

Probable Playing XI

Central Stags Probable Playing XIWellington Firebirds Probable Playing XI
D Cleaver (wk)Callum McLachlan (wk)
B WigginsDevon Conway
TC Bruce (C)NF Kelly (C)
WA YoungTim Robinson
William ClarkMuhammad Arslan Abbas
DAJ BracewellMichael Bracewell
JA ClarksonLogan van Beek
BJ SmallNathan Smith
Joey FieldJesse Tashkoff
BM TicknerMichael Snedden
AY PatelIan McPeake

Please note that the above-provided playing XI is based on probable selections and is subject to change based on team strategies, player form, and other factors. The final playing XI will be confirmed by the teams before the match.

Fantasy Picks: Captains and Key Players


  • Doug Bracewell (CS | ALL): With 113 runs and one wicket, Bracewell’s all-round performance makes him a solid captaincy choice for fantasy teams.
  • Tim Robinson (WEF | BAT): The in-form Wellington Firebirds batter has scored 210 runs in four innings, making him a strong contender for captaincy.

Top Picks:

  • Jayden Lennox (CS | BOWL): With six wickets to his name, Lennox has been an impactful bowler for Central Stags and is a valuable fantasy pick.
  • Peter Younghusband (WEF | BAT): Having scalped nine wickets in four innings, Younghusband is a must-pick for fantasy teams.

Budget Picks:

  • Bevan Small (CS | BOWL): Picking up five wickets so far, Small can be a budget-friendly choice for fantasy teams.
  • Nathan Smith (WEF | BAT): Scoring 48 runs and claiming eight wickets, Smith offers a cost-effective option for fantasy managers.

Players to Avoid in Fantasy Teams

  • Bayley Wiggins (CS | WK): With only 14 runs in three innings, Wiggins may not be the ideal fantasy pick.
  • Nick Greenwood (WEF | BAT): Scoring just 11 runs in three innings, Greenwood might not contribute significantly to fantasy points.

Fantasy Cricket Team Predictions


  • Wicket Keeper: Dane Cleaver
  • Batsmen: Tim Robinson, Tom Bruce
  • All-Rounders: Michael Bracewell, Nathan Smith, Peter Younghusband, Logan van Beek, Doug Bracewell
  • Bowlers: Bevan Small, Blair Tickner, Jayden Lennox

Mega League:

  • Wicket Keeper: Dane Cleaver
  • Batsmen: Tim Robinson, Tom Bruce
  • All-Rounders: Michael Bracewell, Nathan Smith, Peter Younghusband, Logan van Beek, Doug Bracewell, William Clark
  • Bowlers: Blair Tickner, Jayden Lennox

As the fantasy cricket enthusiasts gear up for an exciting encounter, the clash between Central Stags and Wellington Firebirds promises to deliver high-octane action at McLean Park. May the best fantasy teams triumph in this thrilling Super Smash battle!

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