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Rain Reigns Supreme: Auckland Aces Crowned Super Smash Champions

Auckland Aces Crowned Super Smash Champions
Credit: Droughtbreaker

The Auckland Aces are champions of the 2023/24 Super Smash season! In a dramatic turn of events, Auckland snatched the trophy from the Canterbury Kings after persistent rain washed out the final match at Eden Park.

For the Kings, it’s a familiar feeling – silver medals for the fourth year in a row. They put up a spirited fight, reaching 133/2 in just 14.2 overs thanks to Tom Latham’s six-filled 58* and Henry Nicholls’ quick 42. But just as the momentum was building, Mother Nature intervened, leaving the match abandoned and the title up for grabs.

With no full result possible, the top qualifiers – the Aces – were declared champions, lifting their first Super Smash trophy since 2015/16. It’s a sweet victory for Auckland, especially after losing Lockie Ferguson to a last-minute injury. Ben Lister stepped up with the ball, taking an early wicket, while the bat-order put up a respectable show in the limited play time.

For the Kings, the wait for Super Smash glory continues. They remain one title away from their 2005/06 triumph, but their consistent performance year after year is a testament to their fighting spirit.

The 2023/24 Super Smash season, though interrupted by weather, is one to remember. Unforgettable matches, thrilling performances, and nail-biting finishes kept fans on the edge of their seats all summer. And though the Kings’ drought persists, the Aces take home the ultimate reward, raising the coveted trophy against the backdrop of a soggy Eden Park.

So, congratulations to the Auckland Aces! May their reign be long and fruitful, while the Canterbury Kings dream of redemption and a chance to finally rewrite their Super Smash destiny next season.