Wellington Firebirds 200-5 in 20 overs (Michael Bracewell 69, Adam Hose 54) beat Canterbury Kings 135 all out in 18.2 overs (Cole McConchie 83, Ben Sears 4-16) by 65 runs at Basin Reserve, Wellington.
The Wellington Firebirds completed a home team Fill the Basin sweep in front of over 3,500 happy fans with a powerful team performance built on aggressive batting from Michael Bracewell and Adam Hose, four wickets on T20 debut for Ben Sears and some extremely sharp fielding.
The win puts the Firebirds into second, having played five games. The Kings, having played only three, sit bottom with games in hand.
In-form openers Michael Bracewell (69) and Devon Conway (25) came out of the gate swinging, with Bracewell clearing the rope early and often for seven sixes including some huge hits over long-on. The pair put on 101 for the first wicket before Conway came down the pitch to Kyle Jamieson, got a touch and was caught by Cam Fletcher in the ninth over.
Cole McConchie, who had stuck to his game plan, bowled Bracewell as he went for another huge hit.
That brought Adam Hose to the crease, who picked up where his openers left off, taking three fours and two sixes to keep the run rate rattling along. Micheal Pollard was run out for a duck to a tremendous Jeremy Benton side on run out pushing for two, but the Firebirds still posted a formidable 200-5 from their twenty.
Cole McConchie aside, the Kings’ innings wilted in the face of an extremely committed performance with the ball and in the field from the home side.
Young speedster Ben Sears took 4-16 from his four overs, and with Jeetan Patel (2-21, Hamish Bennett (2-35) and Logan van Beek (1-35) all chipping in, the Kings were always behind a steadily increasing run rate.
Cole McConchie was the lone rear guard action, playing a fine captain’s knock to the end. Getting off the mark with a four through mid wicket, and continued to attack, he made sure his side went down fighting. He was eventually bowled by Ollie Newton for 83 having run out of partners, as the Kings came up well short on the scoreboard.