Super Smash competition

Sideline Sid
Sports correspondent & historian

After several seasons of trying to find the ideal time for the Super Smash competition, NZ Cricket have nailed it this season, with the NZC Major Association T20 attracting plenty of fans to the games.

In previous summers, the domestic competition, which features big heaves over the boundary and bails careering into the air, failed to grab the due attention of cricket fans throughout the country.

This season, the Super Smash competition has been given a prime spot in the middle of the lazy hazy days of summer, which has brought regional fans out of the woodwork to support their local heroes.

Some of the country’s most picturesque cricket venues have played host to the 2019/20 Super Smash games, with crowds turning up in their droves.

There are few more spectator-friendly cricket grounds in the country than New Plymouth's Pukekura Park, with its amphitheater giving magnificent views of the cricket action from on high.

Sky Television coverage has highlighted the magnificent views seen from the Molyneux Park in Alexandra, while the Eden Park Outer-Oval has brought a country-like venue to the hustle and bustle of Auckland City.

NZ Cricket has backed a winner, with the double-headers of the women's Super Smash providing the entree to the men's competition encounters.

This seasons Super Smash has unveiled a new crop of stars, such as the Canterbury Kings Leo Carter who smashed the remarkable feat of six 6's in an over, to snatch the game away from our own ND Knights at Hagley Park in Christchurch.

The Knights were cruising in their defence of an impressive total of 219, before Carter entered the fray.

The Northern Districts side could only stand and watch as Leo blasted the ball high and wide, hammering an unbeaten 70 off just 29 balls.

Carter became the first time New Zealand professional cricket player to achieve the feat, that ranks alongside a nine dart finish and 147 clearance of the table in snooker.

The appeal of the T20 game is that a match can change with the blink of an eye, and that many of the Super Smash games go down to the last ball before a winner is revealed.

Last Sunday's Super Smash at the Bay Oval was good examples of T20 encounters going down to the wire.

First up, the Northern Spirit looked to be playing catch-up against the Canterbury Magicians after posting just 110 runs.

However, the Magicians 4/99, quickly became 5/99, with some tension creeping into the match before the visitors collected the win points on offer.

The Knights extracted revenge for Leo Carters winning performance at Hagley Oval, in another match-up that was in doubt until stumps were drawn.

With the Knights needing six runs off five balls, Peter Bocock smashed a six with two balls to spare, to clinch a nail biter.


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