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Wellington Blaze Clinches Super Smash Title in Final-Ball Thriller!

Wellington Blaze Clinches Super Smash Title in Final-Ball Thriller!

Wellington Blaze emerged victorious in a nail-biting Grand Final, claiming the 2023/24 Super Smash title by just one run. The dramatic climax at Eden Park saw the Blaze defend a low total of 89, thanks to a final-ball runout that prevented a Super Over.

Hinds Dominate Early, Blaze Bite Back:

Central Hinds, led by Rosemary Mair’s incredible 5-wicket haul, restricted the Blaze to a modest score. But the Blaze bowlers, spearheaded by the spin trio of Jetly, Kerr, and Kasperek, proved equally effective, choking the Hinds’ chase.

Clutch Wickets & Tight Bowling:

England A’s Hollie Armitage and captain Natalie Dodd provided early hope for the Hinds, but wickets by Kerr and Kasperek kept the Blaze in control. The tight bowling, conceding just a single in the first overs, piled pressure on the Hinds.

Last-Over Drama & Decisive Runout:

Needing six off the last three deliveries, the Hinds faced a tense finish. A crucial runout by Plimmer dismissed Mikaela Greig, leaving Claudia Green needing one run off the final ball. Green’s desperate attempt to pinch a single was met with a direct hit, securing the Blaze’s thrilling victory.

Blaze Rise Again, Hinds Fall Short:

This win marks the Blaze’s eighth Super Smash title, a testament to their big-match experience. The Hinds, despite a strong season, fell short in the final hurdle.