Flynn picks new talent to shine in T20 semifinal

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 17/01/2014
GOING PLACES: Daryl Mitchell.
GOING PLACES: Daryl Mitchell.

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The Northern Knights have plenty of experience in their side for tonight's domestic Twenty20 cricket semifinal against the Canterbury Wizards but their skipper expects a couple of lesser known players to have a major impact.

Northern Districts captain Daniel Flynn predicted diminutive spinner Jono Boult and middle order batsman Daryl Mitchell would be crucial tonight in Hamilton.

Boult has taken 12 wickets in the competition this season - second most - including five against Canterbury. Mitchell has scored 216 runs at an average of 54 and is one of four ND batsmen in the tournament's top 10.

Canterbury have none - but four of their matches were washed-out.

Of their four wins, two came against Northern Districts, though Flynn said that counted for little tonight.

"I honestly don't think it does," he said. "They've played some good cricket and deserve credit.

"Sure, we've been on the wrong end of a couple of defeats but we can learn from those losses and we've discussed some tactics."

He said it was important for his side to remember they had a wealth of experience and a number of talented youngsters.

"Across the board we've got guys that can swing a game; fingers crossed a couple of them come off."

Flynn added that whatever team won tonight would have a "50-50" chance against the defending champion Otago team who will be without Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Jesse Ryder and Jimmy Neesham for tomorrow night's final.

"They're proven performers and while they're missing some key guys, they still have a number of players capable of winning matches. They won't be easy but I think it's 50-50."

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