Wellington Firebirds 132-8 in 20 overs (Malcolm Nofal 28, Kyle Jamieson 3-22, Cole McConchie 3-28) lost to Canterbury Kings 137-3 in 17 overs (Chad Bowes 72, Stephen Murdoch 26) by seven wickets at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
The Wellington Firebirds have brought their 2018/2019 Burger King Super Smash campaign to an end with a seven wicket loss to the Canterbury Kings at Hagley Oval on Saturday.
The Kings finished their season on a high with a dominant display thanks to some individual standouts in a strong team performance.
The Kings went hard at the Firebirds right from the start, when skipper Cole McConchie got the dangerous Michael Bracewell stumped by Cam Fletcher in the first over.
Malcolm Nofal came in at four and was the only Firebird to spend meaningful time at the crease as he put together his side’s top score of 28.
Kyle Jamieson, who has a handy lead at the top of the wicket taking table with 22 scalps, finished with 3-22, including the big wicket of Devon Conway (11).
McConchie showed great guile and control at the bowling crease, finishing with 3-22 as the visitors could only manage 132-8 in their 20 overs.
The Firebirds’ total didn’t look enough early on when Chad Bowes and Stephen Murdoch came out swinging. The pair put on 67 for the first wicket, which was undone when Logan van Beek took Murdoch’s wicket for 26 from 24 balls.
Bowes was harsh on the Firebirds’ pace and slower bowlers alike with some strong drives down the ground as he plundered eight fours and two sixes in his innings.
Luke Woodcock eventually got Bowes caught and bowled driving for 72 from 43 balls with the finishing line in sight. Andy Ellis struck 23 from 16 at the close to help the men in purple run down the total with three overs to spare.