WHITE FERNS superstar Melie Kerr has hit the ground running in Dream11 Super Smash 2022.
She did the job with bat and ball to make sure the Blaze blitzed defending champions the Canterbury Magicians first game of the season.
Mags captain Frankie Mackay had sent the visitors in for the exciting season opener at Hagley Oval between traditionally two of the strongest female teams, but the toss was about the only moment Canterbury won as Georgia Plimmer (34 off 25, below) and Kerr quickly got momentum flowing with a 31-stand for the second wicket.
Kerr came in during the third over, stayed for most of the innings, and reached her highest Blaze score of 71 off just 55 balls in the process.
After Blaze had slapped 145/6 on the board in their 20, the Magicians faced more Kerr magic and mischief as the young leg-spinner snaffled 4-12 off her four overs, including a T20 maiden over, to make life difficult for the hosts.
Home captain Mackay had a good personal game with bat and ball for the red and blacks.
She'd taken 3-23 with her off-spin, including her hundredth T20 wicket - the first bowler ever to do that for the Canterbury Magicians.
Then she top-scored with an unbeaten 41*, but that's where the good times ended - with the rest of her side rolled for a total of 101 in 19 overs for a big 44-run loss.
The defending champs in both formats, the Magicians have been uncharacteristically struggling in the one-day Hallyburton Johnstone Shield this summer, and now they will be anxious to turn things around quickly in the shorter format as well.
- Natasha Codyre: T20 Debut - Wellington Blaze
- Abigale (Abby) Gerken: T20 Debut - Canterbury Magicians
- Georgia Plimmer: Career High Score - 34
- Melie Kerr: Career High Score - 71
- Melie Kerr: 6th T20 50
- Frankie Mackay: 100th T20 wicket for Magicians
Check out Thamsyn Newton's caught & bowled!
Flat, flat and flatter! @CanterburyCrick Magicians captain @FrankieMac71 describes the Hagley Oval pitch after winning the toss and opting to bowl first against the @cricketwgtninc Blaze 🏏— Dream11 Super Smash (@SuperSmashNZ) November 26, 2021
Follow play LIVE in NZ on @sparknzsport and @TVNZ DUKE 📺#SuperSmashNZ pic.twitter.com/AfrxgZ83Ik
Big wicket for the @CanterburyCrick Magicians! @FrankieMac71 has Georgia Plimmer caught at mid off for a breezy 34. @cricketwgtninc Blaze move to 55/2 off 8 LIVE on @sparknzsport and @TVNZ DUKE 📲#SuperSmashNZ #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/ZYkdsaQ7rn— Dream11 Super Smash (@SuperSmashNZ) November 26, 2021
50 up for Melie Kerr! She's on here! 37 balls and six boundaries. Well supported by Leigh Kasperek (21*). Blaze 111/3 (14.1). Watch play LIVE on @sparknzsport and free-to-air on Duke - LIVE scoring https://t.co/tOmOk4uNFL #WEAREWELLINGTON #SuperSmashNZ 📹@sparknzsport pic.twitter.com/OExzbydxEL
— Cricket Wellington (@cricketwgtninc) November 26, 2021
A sensational caught and bowled from Thamsyn Newton ⚡️
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) November 26, 2021