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Super Smash Qualifiers Set: Kings and Firebirds Battle it Out, Blaze Cruise into Grand Final

Super Smash Qualifiers Set
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Canterbury Kings edged out the Wellington Firebirds by 18 runs in a thrilling match tonight, securing the second qualifying spot for the Super Smash playoffs. This intense encounter also served as a preview for Friday’s Elimination Final, where the Kings and Firebirds will clash again for a chance to play the Auckland Aces in the Grand Final.

Kings on Top, Firebirds Fight Back:

  • Canterbury’s Tom Latham led the charge with a superb 60 off 49, building key partnerships with Chad Bowes and Henry Nicholls.
  • Firebirds paceman Adam Milne started strong but missed crucial wickets, while Kings capitalized with quick runs.
  • Wellington fought back through allrounders Nathan Smith and Logan van Beek, with van Beek taking a spectacular caught and bowled to dismiss Nicholls.

Firebirds Fall Short:

  • With a target of 8.95 per over, the Firebirds needed a strong start but couldn’t match the Kings’ momentum.
  • Key wicket of Michael Bracewell by rising star Will O’Rourke proved decisive, followed by Troy Johnson’s dismissal.
  • Parsimonious bowling by Angus McKenzie sealed the deal for Canterbury, leaving the Firebirds out of the Grand Final picture.

Blaze Dominate Women’s Qualifiers:

  • Wellington Blaze secured the top spot in the women’s playoffs with a convincing eight-wicket win over the Canterbury Magicians.
  • Melie Kerr and Jess Kerr continued their stellar form, while Sophie Devine made a welcome return for the Blaze.
Blaze Cruise into Grand Final
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Next Up:

  • The stage is set for a gripping Elimination Final between the Canterbury Kings and Wellington Firebirds on Friday.
  • The Auckland Aces await the winner in the Grand Final, with the Blaze already claiming their spot in the women’s championship match.