A fierce onslaught from Katey Martin | PHOTOSPORT

Sparks bow out in style

The last game for both the Otago Sparks and Northern Spirit in the 2020/21 Dream11 Super Smash had both teams naturally looking to finish on a positive note.

It started well enough for the visiting Spirit who won the toss at Uni Oval and put their hosts in - but the Sparks were ready and waiting to turn up in their last outing, and motivated to get off the bottom rung of the table.

Captain Katey Martin was back to her typical belligerence with the bat, her 56-ball 85 one of the knocks of the summer in the women's league and peppered with two sixes and 11 boundaries.

Batting into the 19th with little support - other than 28 from opener Polly Inglis in their match-defining 75-run second-wicket stand, Martin's side was 144 for four by the time of her departure - and that meant the Sparks already had something to bowl at.

Indeed, it would prove more than enough.

Spirit strung together a handful of mini-partnerships at the top as they ticked along at run-a-ball, but no one really took charge the way Martin had been able to, with Makayla Templeton's 31 the top score.

Eden Carson stopped her in her tracks in the 17th at 102 for five - Carson's second wicket in the space of three deliveries after dismissing veteran Eimear Richardson, and she finished with an impressive 3-18 from her four overs.

The Sparks kept the pressure on at the death to hold Spirit to a tame 111 for nine, the young side beginning to show their potential as they look ahead now to the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield.

Otago Sparks beat Northern Spirit by 42 runs