The Georgie Pie Super Smash T20 will return this year with New Zealand Cricket’s flagship domestic T20 tournament set to be played in November-December this year and has been rechristened as the McDonald’s Super Smash T20. The McDonald’s Super Smash T20 betting tips & predictions for the 2017-18 have been placed here.
The McDonald’s Super Smash T20 2017 is a domestic T20 championship hosted in New Zealand annually. The tourney consists of a double Round Robin with the top three teams qualifying for the playoffs which then have a preliminary final and another conclusive final.
The competition has been held every year since 2006 when it was founded. It has changed names a lot since then last, being known as the George Pie Super Smash from 2014 to 2016. It is now branded as the McDonalds Super Smash T20 after a recent change in sponsorship agreements between the New Zealand board and McDonald’s.
The tournament held great importance in the years between 2008 and 2014 because it stopped in New Zealand official entry to the Champions League T20 which took place later in the same year.
There are six teams in the tournament namely, the Auckland Aces, the Otago Volts, the Centrag Stags, the Wellington Firebirds, the Canterbury Kings and the Knights. The most successful of these teams is of course the Auckland Aces, who have won the tournament four times since its inception in 2005-06.
The other teams are also not far behind with with the Central District Stags, the Otago Volts and the Wellington Firebirds having won the league twice each. Canterbury Wizards won the inaugural edition but have not been able their hands on the trophy again since that fateful year, while even the Northern Knights managed to win one in 2013/14 season. The Firebirds are the defending champions, having won the tournament last in 2015/16 for the second time in their history.
The Super Smash is one of the most well covered events in the cricketing calendar of New Zealand, with the patronage of the New Zealand cricket board meaning the TV rights and deals are huge, allowing for a booming economy among the teams.
This has translated very well in recent years into signings of top class players by each team, making the league grow more and more competitive. You can watch updates of the live scores as well as news direct from the teams on the New Zealand cricket association’s website thanks to the popularity of the league.
The Central Stags, the Wellington Firebirds and the Canterbury Kings all finished among the top three after the league stages last year and this year they will look to do better than that while the Firebirds try and defend their title. The tournament was shifted to the Christmas period last year and this seems to be a welcome trend with the games adding to the festive cheer around the country.
The 2017-18 season promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Latest McDonald’s Super Smash T20 betting tips here for the 2017-18 season will be updated below.