Pukekura Park's famed terraces. All images: www.photosport.nz

Pukekura Park Pondering Points

Take a look at some of the key numbers from this season that could separate our two McDonald’s Super Smash finalists the Central Stags and Wellington Firebirds.

248, 213 and 198

Those numbers aren’t One-Day innings or individual first-class scores they are all Stag’s totals this season in the McDonald’s Super Smash at Pukekura Park. To say the team enjoy playing at New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park is an understatement. The Stags have an impressive batting line up and they have been able to gain maximum potential out of Pukekura Park’s dimensions.


Josh Clarkson has the second highest strike rate in the competition with 183.33. He is also just 19 years old. The New Zealand Under 19 representative has impressed with his hitting down the order for the Central Stags which has included some impressive work off more senior New Zealand colleagues. The teenager with long levers is one to watch at Pukekura.

297 and 296

When Hamish Marshall and Michael Papps have scored runs this season the Wellington Firebirds have done well. The Elimination Final was case in point of this with Marshall and Papps getting their side off to a flying start to set them up in a strong chasing position. For the Firebirds to threaten in the final Marshall and Papps will need to ad to their 297 and 296 runs respectively this season.


At 39 years old and the veteran of over 200 Twenty20 matches Mahela Jayawardena likes to keep his scoring shots simple. That philosophy has paid off handsomely for the Sri Lankan master in this season’s McDonald Super Smash. The Central Stag is the second highest run scorer and six hitter. He is also the competition’s leading hitter of fours with 43 as his simple plans see him looking very at ease in the middle.


Many people are familiar with the saying “Beware of the Sith” but have you heard of “Beware of the Seth”? The latter is a popular choice in Central Districts country as Seth Rance has led the McDonald’s Super Smash in wicket taking in the this season’s competition. Rance’s excellent control of the white ball has seen him take 15 wickets at an average of 21.73.


So far Wellington’s Hamish Bennett has bowled his overs in the McDonald’s Super Smash with an economy rate of 6.68 an over. That ranks him fourth the competition. He is the only player in the top ten who will be playing in the Grand Final. Central Stag Doug Bracewell is in the top ten but due to injury he won’t feature in tomorrow’s final.

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