Wow, Finn Allen, just wow!
The Firebirds' powerful young big-hitter stepped onto the stage and delivered in his first Dream11 Super Smash innings of the season.
Last summer's breakout star smashed 57 off just 30 balls, including four sixes at the top for the Wellington Firebirds to give them the perfect power surge into this year's league.
Like the Wellington Blaze before them, the Firebirds had been sent in by their Canterbury hosts but they came up trumps by going big early doors.
Allen shared an outstanding 87-run stand with Luke Georgeson (30) for the first wicket as they powered their team along towards an excellent total of 177.
Meanwhile Ed Nuttall took 3-31 for the hosts and there was a very classy display of catching from both sides, but the Kings just couldn't stop the carnage until it was too late.
When it was Canterbury's turn to bat under lights, they didn't get the same power start.
Both opening batsmen were gone inside the first three overs with Logan van Beek and Hamish Bennett into their work with the ball.
Bennett grabbed 2-30 but it was spinner Michael Bracewell who continued to show what an asset he can be with the ball as well as the bat - historically the veteran's more traditional role.
He finished with 3-22 off his four. The Kings meanwhile found themselves runnning out of time until they needed too many off the last over, going down by 27 runs in the first men's match of the season.
Two out of two for the Wellington teams tonight!
Tim Robinson - Wellington Firebirds debut
Luke Georgeson - Wellington Firebirds T20 debut
Nick Greenwood - Wellington Firebirds T20 debut
Check out crafty Nathan Smith's relay catch to HIMSELF on the boundary!
50 up off 22 balls for @FinnAllen32 including this six - his fourth of the innings. He's doing Finn Allen things here at Hagley! Watch play LIVE on @sparknzsport and free-to-air on Duke - LIVE scoring https://t.co/xGeHWdWb9r #WEAREWELLINGTON #SuperSmashNZ 📹@sparknzsport pic.twitter.com/afIlREWplE— Cricket Wellington (@cricketwgtninc) November 26, 2021
The @CanterburyCrick Kings catching has been ON to remove the @cricketwgtninc Firebirds openers - 101/2 after 10 overs.— Dream11 Super Smash (@SuperSmashNZ) November 26, 2021
Catch the action LIVE on @sparknzsport & @TVNZ DUKE 🏏#SuperSmashNZ #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/rxlExYOlRk
We're pulling them back! Edward Nuttall with the breakthrough taking the wicket of Georgeson and Allen in the same over! LET'S GO KINGS@sparknzsport 🎥@SuperSmashNZ #Cricket #SuperSmashNZ pic.twitter.com/8lCiFJ05m6— Canterbury Cricket (@CanterburyCrick) November 26, 2021
Another superb catch from the @CanterburyCrick Kings! They've pegged things back at Hagley Oval with three overs to go in the @cricketwgtninc Firebirds innings 🏏— Dream11 Super Smash (@SuperSmashNZ) November 26, 2021
Watch the closing overs LIVE on @sparknzsport & @TVNZ DUKE 🖥#SuperSmashNZ #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/HlRgrEIj7n