Wellington Blaze qualify for Burger King Super Smash final

The
Wellington Blaze have made it to the Burger King Super Smash final, as the
Northern Spirit beat the Canterbury Magicians by five wickets at Hagley
Oval this afternoon. 

The
result means the Blaze are guaranteed at least second place, and gives them the
chance to secure back to back titles. 

“There
were a few nervous moments in the office, I was pacing up and down and refused
to follow the live scoring, but at the end I couldn’t help myself. It’s
nice to secure that finals spot,” said Blaze skipper Liz Perry. 

“Being
two or three games ahead of everyone else, we could only control what we could
control and wait for the rest of the teams to catch up. We did what
we needed to on Sunday by getting the win against the
Magicians.”  

The
final, which will be live on SKY Sport, is scheduled for Eden Park Outer Oval,
Auckland, on Sunday 20 January at 4pm – the Blaze’s attention now turns to
maintaining their momentum. 

“We’ve
only just started to hit our straps in Twenty20. We spoke about needing to
prepare as if we were in the final, and now that we are, we have a clear
idea of what we need to do and will prepare accordingly when we know who
we’ll come up against.” 

If
the Auckland Hearts, with 24 points from nine matches, win their encounter
with the Otago Sparks this Sunday they will join the Blaze in the final.
The Canterbury Magicians, with 22 points from nine matches, will
qualify if they beat the Central Hinds at Hagley Oval on Sunday, and
the Hearts stumble against the Sparks. 

“It
would be nice to play the Hearts at their home ground, and the Magicians
certainly deserve to be there, being a form team. Whoever it is, we need
to back our players to get the job done. I’ll be following the matches on
Sunday, but I won’t be as nervous as I was this afternoon!” said Liz Perry. 

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