Wellington won by 5 wickets in Super Smash

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 | 0

The new season of Burger King Super Smash is going on. It is the 13th season of the tournament which is basically a domestic T20 cricket competition of New Zealand. In the tournament like before total six franchise teams have competed for the title where Wellington Firebirds and Canterbury Kings are the two top rated franchise teams. In their last head to head meeting, Wellington won by 5 wickets in Super Smash 2017/18. In the round robin competition of the tournament, it was there first head to head battle in the season.

Wellington won by 5 wickets in Super Smash

The match between Canterbury and Wellington was placed in 28th December, 2017 at Basin Reserve, Wellington. It can be regarded as Wellington’s home venue. In the match, Canterbury won the toss and decided to bat first. From the previous games of the tournament, they have learned the lesson and elected to bat first. In the selected 20 overs, Canterbury scored 138 runs where they lost nine wickets. In return, Wellington chased the score in 18.3 overs. They lost five wickets to do the score.

Wellington and Canterbury both have the previous experience to touch the title. Wellington won the title twice and Canterbury won it once. Both teams played final thrice times totally. So, the head to head battle between them were heavy contesting no doubt.

Nicholls and Pollard were the two openers of Canterbury but in 10 runs their partnership was broken. They could not make any long lasting partnership but lost their wickets gradually. 2nd wicket was gone in 35 runs and in 52 runs 3rd one was gone. It seems opponent bowlers maintained proper line and length and so, batsmen could not face them easily. Ellis was the highest scorer of the team who was also captain of Canterbury. He scored 36 runs. Just four players made it to the double figure runs where Nicholls scored 25 and Bowes scored 19 runs only. At the end of 20 overs, their innings finished with 138 runs. Patel and Verma took two wickets for Wellington.

Came to chase the runs, Wellington started their innings with Ronchi and Marshall. They made a good start and scored 45 runs jointly when Ronchi was gone with 25 runs. Just two runs later, Marshall was gone as well. Later, Blundell and Patel made another partnership where Blundell scored 53 runs and Patel scored 21 runs so far. Finally in 18.3 overs, they successfully chased the score. Johnston took highest two wickets for Canterbury.


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